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Interview Techniques for documentary filmmakers

Interview Techniques for documentary filmmakers

For those who work as documentary filmmakers you undoubtedly have thought about the importance of asking well thought out questions that not only provide you with the information you’re looking for but also questions that help develop trust and rapport with your...

Making Of The Film “The Art of Travel”: Part 1

Making Of The Film “The Art of Travel”: Part 1

Lights Film School recently spoke with Tom Whelan about his recent film "The Art of Travel". Tom was hoping to spread the word amongst our film students that would be interested in learning how his Hollywood production got made for only $300,000. What's more, it's an...

The Art of Travel / Tom Whelan Interview: Part 2

The Art of Travel / Tom Whelan Interview: Part 2

5. How many days did you shoot? The film shot 2 days in Los Angeles, 5 days in Nicaragua, 15 days in Panama, 5 days in Peru, and three days in Bolivia. Then we had to use about 7 days (in between all the shooting days) as travel days to get to all the various...

The Making Of The Art of Travel: Part 3

The Making Of The Art of Travel: Part 3

10. When you saw your final cut for the first time did it meet your expectations? Tell us about the first time you saw your final cut. Watching the final cut for the first time is amazing. There it is all your hard work up on the big screen. You’re proud and you think...

The Art of Travel Director Interview: Part 4

The Art of Travel Director Interview: Part 4

15. One criticism I heard of the film is that it starts off on a weak note. Did you shoot in chronological order? If so was it simply because people were a bit nervous at the beginning? I’m actually one of those people who believes that too! We had to cut out three...

How many minutes / pages can you expect to shoot per day?

How many minutes / pages can you expect to shoot per day?

On a typical production, you can expect to shoot about 5 pages of script per day. This means you’ll be working day and night to set up and shoot about 5 minutes of final product footage. Following this logic it will take you 18 – 30 days of shooting time for a feature...

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