documentary

The Refuge, a cry for help in Alaska

The Refuge, a cry for help in Alaska

A Finback documentary now released shows an ancient way of life under threat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A story about an untouched wilderness that may be gone tomorrow…

Anton/Bauer batteries powered Story of Becoming

Anton/Bauer batteries powered Story of Becoming

Gaffa Media founder and Creative Director Klaus Pedersen decided to create the documentary about Katalin Konya after having heard her story and realized that there was a powerful hidden message…

ART OF THE CUT with Paula Heredia

ART OF THE CUT with Paula Heredia

I first met Paula Heredia when she was the featured speaker on documentary film editing at a Master Editor’s Retreat in 1996. Even then her resume was impressive…

ART OF THE CUT with Ken Burns’ doc editor Craig Mellish, ACE

ART OF THE CUT with Ken Burns’ doc editor Craig Mellish, ACE

Documentary editing is an art form that requires tremendous patience, skill and imagination. Eisenstein’s theories about the juxtaposition of images are constantly on display in documentary film. Director David…

Frank Zappa documentary funded on Kickstarter

Frank Zappa documentary funded on Kickstarter

Alex Winter, a director and writer of movies and TV, launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the definitive documentary about Frank Zappa, and save the musician’s never-before-explored…

Ask me no questions and I’ll speak in no fragments

Ask me no questions and I’ll speak in no fragments

A sign taped to the door says “Quiet– filming.” This only makes you more nervous. You enter the room: it’s mostly pitch black, except for…

Sony FS5 Camera Review

Sony FS5 Camera Review

I take Sony’s newest camera, the FS5, through the paces to see if it’s the right 4K camera for you. I dive into how well the…

Through The Lens – Ep. 08: @dave.krugman

Through The Lens – Ep. 08: @dave.krugman

In Episode 8 of THROUGH THE LENS, we meet Dave Krugman, the “go-to guy” for NYC libraries and museums who fills their Instagram feeds with awesome imagery…

Through the Lens – Ep. 07: @jasonmpeterson

Through the Lens – Ep. 07: @jasonmpeterson

In Episode 7 of THROUGH THE LENS, we follow Jason Peterson — the Chief Creative Officer at Havas Worldwide — as he captures stunning black and white images with his…

‘Breaking Through’ and the Panasonic DVX-200

‘Breaking Through’ and the Panasonic DVX-200

Break dancing in New York City used to be a male dominated world.  With the help of the Panasonic DVX-200 camera, filmmakers’ Steve Remich and Reiley Wooten…

Life as an independent cinematographer, an interview with Nancy Schreiber, ASC

Life as an independent cinematographer, an interview with Nancy Schreiber, ASC

I had the pleasure of speaking with Nancy Schreiber, ASC, who will be featured at the upcoming Manhattan Edit Workshop event September 30th, 2015. She will be presenting with…

Through The Lens – Ep. 01: @insighting

Through The Lens – Ep. 01: @insighting

Giovanni Elao was raised in the Bronx. He graduated from John Jay College with a Criminal Justice Degree. In the winter of 2013, he came across his new found passion…

Run & Gun Shooting with a Blackmagic URSA

Run & Gun Shooting with a Blackmagic URSA

It’s no understatement, the Blackmagic URSA is a “husky” camera. Some could even say it needs to go on a diet, but should all those extra…

The Sensation of White: Why I Set Zebras for 90% White Instead of White Clip

The Sensation of White: Why I Set Zebras for 90% White Instead of White Clip

The days of setting exposure with zebras set at white clip are most likely over. Here’s a new technique I’m trying out that works very well…

Documentary feature explores the journey of pregnancy in “40 Weeks”

Documentary feature explores the journey of pregnancy in “40 Weeks”

Christopher Henze learned the ropes of documentary filmmaking from veteran Jeff Gibbs, Co-Producer of Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11. When Gibbs challenged Henze to decide what…