Storytellers Talk About Telling Stories

27 05 2008

Current TV logoCurrent TV has a series of videos on their web site which are designed to teach people who are thinking of creating short documentary pieces and uploading them to their site (they call them “pods”) the basics of the short doc form.

And, while their pieces on editing are woefully basic for anyone who has done their own editing (“This is a fade out. This is a fade in.”) there are a number of short interviews with people who make their living telling stories. There are pieces from Ira Glass, Dave Eggers, Sarah Vowell, Catherine Hardwicke, Xeni Jardin, and more.

There is also an interesting piece from Elvis Mitchell, who has to be one of the most intelligent, well-read and relaxes interviewers on the scene today (download podcasts of his always fascinating and educational KCRW radio show — The Treatment — from the KCRW website or from iTunes). He discusses the illusion of objectivity in documentaries. What they are looking for, right now, he asserts is “a point of view.” There is also a discussion about how filmmakers like Michael Bay will definitely be stealing from people in the underground.

Check these out.

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