The Mentoring Room - Ask the Working Pros

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This is a Public Topic geared towards first-time filmmakers. Professional members of The D-Word will come by and answer your questions about documentary filmmaking.

James Prior
Pro

 Hi, I am new here and a new film student and I just thought I would throw in another option for those of you wanting to do a short course.  Light's Film School have just put a new interactive course online, using the equipment you already own or have access to.  Details here:  https://www.lightsfilmschool.com

Chekechea Pryor
Fan

Hi There,

I'm a student filmmaker currently working on my Master's thesis, and I'm looking for an inexpensive transcription house to transcribe my interviews.  I'm also having a hard time finding a stock footage house that has what I need.  I'm doing a documentary on black hair, and I'm looking for old hair commercials.  Any suggestions? 

 

Thanks!

-Che

Juan David Romero
Pro

Not sure if this is the place to ask, but I'm having an issue with my documentary film. I am using photos and videos taken by my interview subject to tell his story (besides the video I shot). For example, videos of a live session he did on Facebook, or a video he took with his phone, or a photo taken of his family with a cheap camera. My documentary is in HD 1080. When presenting these images, they look blurry and pixelated in my documentary film. So do the videos. I have seen several documentary films where the documentarian is using old images and videos and they look ok, even on HD. How did they do it? What do you recommend I do? The problem is the person I interviewed doesn't have access to any higher resolution versions of the stuff I need from him. What is your suggestion to this problem? Anyone out there in the film world specializes in these kind of issues?

 


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