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Jan. 17, 2023

Witnessing Stories Making Documentary Films with Chris Collier

Witnessing Stories Making Documentary Films with Chris Collier

Episode 140 is a treat! We discuss feature documentary filmmaking with director Chris Collier. Chris and I take a deep dive into the genre from his perspective as a filmmaker. We discuss his feature doc, FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema. ...


Episode 140 is a treat! We discuss feature documentary filmmaking with director Chris Collier. Chris and I take a deep dive into the genre from his perspective as a filmmaker. We discuss his feature doc, FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema. We go all in on what you need to know to make your own documentary film. Chris thinks your smartphone camera is ideal for the genre. Are you up for the challenge to make a cinematic feature documentary?

Chris is a professional filmmaker in Brighton, UK. We had a fascinating conversation about the genre and the process of professional documentary feature filmmaking.

Some topics discussed:

  • Interviewing techniques and how they influence your story
  • Scriptwriting for documentaries
  • Moral and ethical standards in the genre
  • How to stay focused on your story
  • Approaches to not knowing what interviewees will say
  • Audio tips and software
  • Documentary filmmaking with smartphones

Mentioned in this episode: FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema (Trailer) https://vimeo.com/764871779 

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