Kirsten Johnson is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. After years in the the industry, she made her directorial debut with 2016’s Cameraperson.
In this fantastic interview with Alfred Hitchcock from a 1976 press conference for his last film ‘The Family Plot’. During this interview (1.5hr) Hitchcock responds to a range of serious and comical questions about his career, his filmmaking style, story, and directing.
In a long dialogue, Nagisa Oshima interviews Akira Kurosawa, leading him to share his thoughts about filmmaking, his life and works, and numerous anecdotes relating to his films and his various film activities.
Writer, director and producer Mani Ratnam, whose films include Mouna Ragam (1986), Godfatheresque Nayagan (1987) and Bombay (1995), gives a career interview as part of the 2015 London Indian Film Festival. Ratnam talks about his brief stint as a management consultant, bringing a script to life and music in Indian cinema.
‘Adoor: A Journey in Frames’ is a cinematic portrait of the renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Considered to be one of the masters of Indian Cinema, Adoor’s creative impulse is shaped by his times, the contemporary politics and the pristine beauty of his home state Kerala. The documentary chronicles the development of the artist by using clips from films that Adoor directed. In fact, film clips form the main narrative of the documentary and their extensive use allows the viewer to get a glimpse of the artistic ouvre, style and genre of films that Adoor directed. The film also chronicles the various awards the filmmaker won and interweaves them with excerpts from interviews with the director, and visuals of his living and working environment.
‘Pather Panchali’ (Song of the Road), directed by Satyajit Ray was made in 1955, but more than 50 years after its completion, the film continues to resonate today among audiences, filmmakers and critics alike. What is it about the film that allows for its continuing relevance both in India and abroad? ‘Pather Panchali – A Living Resonance’ travels back to locales where the characters within Apu’s world came alive. With interviews from Richard Attenbourough, Sandip Ray, Girish Kasaravalli and many other admirers of Satyajit Ray who try to interpret the film, what emerges is the struggles that went into the making of the film, the nuances behind Ray’s humanist interpretation of the world and his relentless dedication to his art.
Jaw-dropping footage in stunning locations doesn’t come free. Find out why extreme adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith says that “the suffering co-efficient is my key to success.”
Most DSLR cameras offer video capture – and Bob Krist, a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler and Smithsonian, has a few tips on how to create compelling travel stories using that video mode.
Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY tech columnist and host/producer of the “Talking Tech,” video show, shows how to dramatically improve your videos, using both off-the shelf consumer products and drool-worthy DSLR gear. Graham, who has produced over 300 episodes of “Tech,” will offer a two-hour talk about how to take advantage of video features on smartphones and point and shoots to produce professional looking video on a DIY budget. Whether you’re a small business owner, blogger or web show host, or if you’re simply doing some marketing for your company or yourself, right now you may be all on your own in learning how to put that video together, make it look good and get it to go viral.
Graham can show you:
–What equipment you need to make your own “one-man band” productions
–Techniques for setting up, preparing questions for, and interviewing a subject. Where to place the camera during an interview for the best shots.
–How to best master and improve audio.
–Lighting. How to use available light effectively, and expand with affordable off the-shelf lighting gear.
–DSLRs: Advancing beyond point and shoot and smartphones to the digital SLR, which offers superior picture quality in an affordable package. However, issues abound with focus and audio, Graham will show easy workarounds. On his “Tech” video shows, Graham has interviewed everyone from the founders of Pandora, Zynga and Twitter to celebrities like James Taylor, Selena Gomez, Arsenio Hall, Mike Tyson and even Kermit the Frog, in weekly chats about the role of technology in our lives.