This week we look at the interview and the various considerations to make around how to establish relationships, where to put the camera and how to approach the aesthetic dimensions of the interview.
Film screening this week: “Petition” Zhao Liang (2009)
Zhao talks about the film
Articles on the film:
- “In China, You Can’t Fight City Hall” New York Times
- “DIY Filmmakers offer rare, raw face of China” Sydney Morning Herald
Documentary Interview Tips by Kevin Knoblock
Greenscreen and the ‘direct’ interview: “The Law in these Parts” (2012) Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
Looking directly into the camera: “The Fog of War ” (2009) Errol Morris
Interviewer on screen: “Roger & Me” (1989) Michael Moore
Interview setting to fit subject matter, Slavoj Žižek in “Examined Life” (2008) Astra Taylor
and filming conversation between two subjects, Judith Butler & Sunaura Taylor, in the same film
Filming a discussion in “Chronicle of a Summer” (1961) Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin
Also great scene in this film where confession is given into Nagra.