Category Archives: DOCUMENTARY

DIY Documentary Filmmaking

DIY – Low Cost Equipment Suggestions

DIY documentary is about simple inexpensive filmmaking.  Believe me, creating great stories and interesting films have little to do with the equipment.  If your phone or video camera records HD video you are on your way to your first documentary. … Continue reading

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My new iPhone documentary – “BROTHERS” 2017

My new documentary “Brothers” wasn’t a planned film.  It all happened when I agreed to teach a DIY documentary workshop at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre this summer and wanted to experiment with iPhone filmmaking.  I started filming two childhood … Continue reading

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Sign up today! – DIY documentary workshop.

I am teaching a DIY documentary filmmaking workshop at the Count Basie Theater’s educational program this summer. The workshop will get aspiring filmmakers on their way to their first documentary. It’s for anybody who has a story to tell and an iPhone … Continue reading

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DIY Lighting

I’m working on a music video by a great song writer and talented musician named Danny Petronie.  This isn’t a documentary and of course I don’t believe in artificial lighting of documentaries anyway.  But when I saw this picture below … Continue reading

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Indie Street Film Festival 2017

INDIE STREET FILM FESTIVAL – RED BANK, NJ PAVING THE WAY FOR STORYTELLERS OF THE FUTURE This is a perfect film festival for DIY filmmakers.  Their submission fee is low as they look for great independent story telling.  They don’t judge … Continue reading

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Take your Documentary on a Film Tour!

It has been said that making the documentary is the easy part and that distribution, promotion and outreach is where all the hard work is.  That may be true…so if you are serious about your film and you are willing … Continue reading

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Woodstock Film Festival

I just got back from the Woodstock Film Festival in upstate New York.  I went to all three days of the festival but only attended one movie.  The reason is because I went there for the panel discussions and also … Continue reading

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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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