Friday, 5 October 2007

Online documentaries

Next week I'll be having an ogle at Online TV and seeing what is going on around the net there but this post is aimed at that genre of filmmaking that seems to pickle the serious bone ... documentary.

I failed documentary studies twice at University and narrowly scraped through the third time. As with animation, documentaries were something I just never got into, and I guess it took a couple of years sitting through the explanations of the forms, and watching a variety of documentaries to understand the thoroughness and interest capable from such a medium. Now Online documentaries have tinkered my fascination for getting information across that surpasses regular news and current affair journalism. I have had a peek around the net for places to host Online documentaries and here are a couple of the sites I've come up with ...

On the Mini Movies site you'll see a preview for the Second Life documentary by Douglas Gayeton called "My Second Life" which I think is a pretty interesting idea.

Google Video has its own documentary page with at present ... 589 documentaries. Although Google Docs seem to be ready made documentaries made for television and then converted for web streaming.

Free Documentaries has an extensive range of documentaries sourced from big hosting networks like YouTube or Google Video. Documentary Film Network runs similarly and the way they work for documentary filmmakers is that you would host your documentary on say YouTube or Google Video and then the doco site would nest it there with a neat comments box and some well arranged info about the subject.

Documantra is also open to submissions although the layout isn't as clean as the above two.

Why make a documentary for the net? Apart from the hundreds of millions of people who use the Internet and may possibly view your work, Online documentaries although like other documentaries are not unscripted but let's just say the weight of the film is written during production and during post - so between making your regular fictional narratives, picking up a camera, and shooting some footage relating to a topic of interest is a great way to keep in the loop. More often then not some documentary subjects can be collated for years before production unless they are extremely topical.

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