De Luxe

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Documentary film contributes to the historical, cultural, and social record. As a documentarian, I approach this contribution with four distinct lenses that combine to create the frame by which I envision and construct my films. They are, imagination, empathy/sympathy, social history, and responsibility. Imagination is essential in envisioning, interpreting, and representing the past, present, and future. It allows for multiple perspectives. Imagination promises freedom, but this freedom comes with great ethical ...
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Overview

Documentary film contributes to the historical, cultural, and social record. As a documentarian, I approach this contribution with four distinct lenses that combine to create the frame by which I envision and construct my films. They are, imagination, empathy/sympathy, social history, and responsibility. Imagination is essential in envisioning, interpreting, and representing the past, present, and future. It allows for multiple perspectives. Imagination promises freedom, but this freedom comes with great ethical responsibilities. Empathy and sympathy allow for a connection with the material, and ultimately with the audience as well. This attachment increases responsibility to the material and creates a transparent relationship between author and text. In using the methods of social history I seek to represent the underrepresented by allowing them to tell their story. It is my goal to give a voice to lost and obscure stories. It is an educational lens that provides audiences with new and unique perspectives. Lastly, in each of these lenses, responsibility is a constant layer. Responsibility drives my documentaries. As author, I have ethical obligations to the text, its participants, and the audience to represent the spirit of the material as best I can. Traditionally, when we speak of the spirit, it has a corporeal home. When the body is shed, the spirit continues. For film, there is an analogous relationship to the body. A spirit resides in the film We can understand the documentary film as a representation of the spirit of the material. When the film ends its spirit creates and leaves an effect in the audience. This experience is what the spectator takes from the film; it is the emotional and intellectual values of the documentary. In De Luxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet, I have captured and represented the story of the Blue Comet, a unique and underrepresented part of New Jersey history. It is a story influenced by the Great Depression, the development of transportation, and American industrialism and modernism. The history is told through the voices of those that have lived the story and those that have taken the responsibility to preserve it themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243701633
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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