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With Sundance coming up I’m trying to craft a good excuse for why all of our videos look like shit and are shot on $300 digital cameras. Here is what I’ve got so far, please chime in if you have additions:

The Pocket School of film:

A new form of American documentary cinema in which primary filming is done exclusively on consumer grade digital point and shoot cameras that can fit comfortably in ones pocket. The ability to never be without camera results in a higher likelihood of capturing informal everyday moments that would otherwise be missed. Filmographers of the Pocket School should ideally be able to produce a camera and begin filming in less the 10 seconds at all times. For examples if this form see the work of the Graffiti Research Lab.

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Posted on November 24, 2007

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COMMENTS

  1. borna says:

    sounds pretty solid to me.

    couple things:
    the word “produce” sounds a little weird. especially since you’re talking about making films (another form of “production”). but i can’t think of a better word off hand..

    in the last sentence it says “if” where it should say “of.”

    das all

  2. Steve Lambert says:

    the microphones on these cameras are usually not ideal, so action must be emphasized.

  3. [...] representing the tenants of pocket school to the fullest. As far as I can tell, this is the first documentary shot, edited, and screened all [...]

  4. don’t think about it; just shoot

  5. Brizmo says:

    The ideas are perfect; the phrasing needs a little polish. Maybe something like this:

    The Pocket School is a new form of American documentary cinema – primary filming is done exclusively on small, consumer-grade digital cameras. The ubiquitous pocket camera increases the likelihood of capturing informal everyday moments that would otherwise be missed. Ideally, filmographers of the Pocket School should be able to begin filming in less the 10 seconds at all times. For examples of this method of working, see the Graffiti Research Lab.

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