Author Archives: Jack Ballo

Surround Sound for your Documentary

Many people would suggest that it’s not necessary to enhance sound with effects, foley or speaker separation in a documentary as in 5.1 surround sound.  As if to think that you spend a year or two or three or more … Continue reading

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Is Cinema Verite a Lost Art?

Cinema Verite, A Lost Art – Jack Ballo         This article is from NJ Stage magazine.  To view it in its original format click here        By Rosemary Conte                   … Continue reading

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The DVD is Still Alive

When I bought my iMac about 4 years ago, Apple didn’t include a program to create DVD menus.  They only had a very simple basic DVD menu that is part of the FCPX editing software.  A friend of mine bought … Continue reading

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Two-Camera Shoots

This DIY documentary that I made in 2012 shows how much you can do by yourself with two cameras.  I filmed a two-camera interview at the home of a singer songwriter in Nashville and I also used two cameras at … Continue reading

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Getting Your Documentary Noticed…

Look, it’s tough out there in the world of getting your movie noticed.  Please don’t think that if you do make a pretty good DIY documentary that people will come running to see it and that distributors will be knocking … Continue reading

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Editing – Connecting Scenes

“Yes, but” is what my mentor, Bill Jersey, told me should be asked when making editing decisions. I had no idea what he was talking about.  So the next time I saw him I asked him what exactly “Yes, but” … Continue reading

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Music Licensing for your Documentary

It would be fair for me to say that clearing the music for my latest documentary was one of the most daunting experiences I’ve had in filmmaking, since harassing my family and friends for donations on my Indiegogo page.  However, the … Continue reading

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The Story Arc is all that Matters.

Every filmmaker needs to ask one simple question when making a film…what will make a person want to watch it?  The answer is the story arc.  The story arc will make or break your documentary.  Never forget as you shoot … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding

I would be lying if I said that the experience of creating and pursuing an Indiegogo fund raising campaign was enjoyable.  There were of course some great moments of joy when donations were coming in, but the day to day … Continue reading

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Bill Jersey Remembers Albert Maysles

When Bill Jersey asked me to help him make a short video to be played at the Albert Maysles Memorial Film Festival at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco, I was more than happy to offer my services. Bill is … Continue reading

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