In a novel I read recently, one of the principal characters is a documentary director. At one point, he goes to a hospital, where he puts on a terribly sympathetic air, is shown around for two hours by the head nurse, and generally agrees with her that the hospital is well run, efficient, a model of its kind. When he comes back to film, he selects two utterly atypical wards and emphasizes their dreary, dirty, almost horrific quality. Unfortunately, the story could be true. Many directors work their way into situations by guile and then, in the interests of cheap drama, falsify the story and betray the people who have trusted them.

When we film people, we are using their lives to earn our living. Their motives for participating vary from a kindly desire to help, to a desire for publicity for their organization, to a genuine desire that their experience, their pain or joy, will enlarge someone else's vision. When everything else is said and done, there is a heavy responsibility on the director's shoulders. If, at the end of the film, the director and the participants are still friends, then there's not too much to worry about.

Film Making

Film Making

If you have ever wanted the secrets to making your own film, here it is: Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making. Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. Studios make films, not the little guy. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay.

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