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Shooting People: Documentary Power and Ethics

I am currently at the University of Edinburgh earning my Master’s in Film Studies.  For my “Constructing Reality” course (about documentary filmmaking), I am to shoot a minute of “Visual Truth.”  So I go out to a busy street, trying to shoot what I consider the illusions of visual truths.  I believe there are no absolute truths to an image; they always require an outside context.

So I’m trying to get shots of certain people, capturing their normal activities without them noticing my camera (which would undermine the reality I’m trying to reveal).   But to do this, I have to become this sneaky character and this feeling of sneakiness prompts questions of my activity. Continue reading

Inglourious Basterds: Cultural Edition

So my friends, I have now seen Tarantino’s latest film twice, in the United States, and here in Scotland.

Now, if you have not read it yet, I would like to direct you to Ben Creech’s analysis of the film. His words do a better job than mine:

http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=ben+creech&init=quick#/note.php?note_id=125778207609&ref=mf

The quick review is that the film is better than “Kill Bill” but still not able to eclipse the elephant in the room that is his best film, “Pulp Fiction.” So go see it.

But to get to business:

As I stated, I’ve seen the film twice now in two different countries. Each screening, however was a different experience. Continue reading