In Taipei this week, I am attending the Doc + Documentary Workshop sponsored by the Taiwan Film Institute (INFO). And it is my great honour to serve as a lecturer beside filmmakers Feng Yan, from China, and Cathie Dambel, from France.
The workshop consists of four main parts. The first part a "clinic" for 8 groups of filmmakers whose projects have been selected to receive feedback from the lecturers. Yesterday, we watched and discussed the projects in an open session with all 8 groups present, while today we will meet with the groups individually to provide them one to one feedback. The 8 projects are all unique and exciting and demonstrate the amazing quality of documentary film being produced in this small country.
- Documentary is a reflection of our reality.
- Documentary is not real, not non-fiction.
- Story-tellers tell the story differently depending on their mood.
- Are you using your camera to make your audience hear what you want them to hear or to allow your subjects to say what they want to say?
- How and when and where the question is asked affects how it is answered. The answer will depend on the relationship between the interviewer and the interviewee.
- As filmmakers we are looking for that "one correct answer", but the realty has many layers.
- What matters is not the absolute truth, but understanding how the filmmaker's approach affects the result.
- The director must not focus on "reality", rather the focus should be on the story on which the character wants to focus.
- Filmmakers have absolute responsibility to their subjects because you can not ask for filming permission every second.
- Our urban ethics may not apply in the countryside.
- Images help you express something you can not tell in words.
- It takes passion to make documentary film.
WEBSITE). I myself have not seen this film for more than 8 years (!). This will be followed by my master class, which will focus on the relationship between the filmmaker and subject.