September 2, 2018 at 3:18AM


How a documentary became an archive project and what I learned from 2 years of shooting

The intro video will explain a little bit about this, but I wanted to throw this out and see who else has come across this during their shooting.
I was planning on making a short to feature length piece about the electronic music scene in Tucson, but I could see the content going further and further away from a packaged video. The party footage I was able to get and the subject matter of the interviews lead me to abandon the initial idea and create a timeline of events and interviews. This took, what I'm assuming, just as much time because I had to cut interviews and still ended up editing a video, with interview dialogue, for each month (viewable in the timeline).
This has been happening to me a lot recently with my ideas. I go in thinking one thing but then I typically find myself altering it to be something better suited for a gallery or a webpage.
Has this happened to any shooters and editors out there? Would love to hear your side of it.
Or maybe I'm simply discovering my voice.

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I checked out some of your videos and have two things to saw. First is that you seem to violate the "show, don't tell" rule pretty hard. I would expect videos about EDM to have at least some music in them. You ask a lot of your audience to get excited about a genre or a subculture without ever revealing its principal self. Second is that documentary, like narrative, is really story driven. Your videos assemble strings of interviews. The interviews may seem like stories in the minds of the people who are giving them, but they are not THE story. If you watch the documentary GOOD COPY, BAD COPY (and perhaps relevant to your interests, the section about Tecno brega), you will see the craft of making a larger story from a set of story elements.

September 5, 2018 at 2:16AM


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