The first workshop on my Doc U itinerary was 'Directing and the Creative Process'. Directors Dan Sturman (Nanking) and Patrick Reed (Triage) discussed topics ranging from the ethics of access to defining documentary. Both have films in this year's Hot Docs film festival. Sturman's Hollywood Complex follows aspiring child actors and their families as they move to Hollywood in search of fame, and Reed's The Team looks at the role of soccer and the media in post-conflict Kenya. Here are some noteworthy quotes for new filmmakers to chew on:
"Directing documentary is creative decision making in the field and the edit room."
"Documentaries have respect for the audience and reality T.V. doesn't."
"You're there for the long haul. You're not a news crew, you're a documentarian."
"I don't do pre-interviews, I just hang out. It's better to get stories on film the first time they're told."
"Good crew depends on how well camera and sound work together. They should always be fighting."
"Menial work on a really good film is better than experience on episodic T.V."