Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival

"ON THE GROUND - THE FUTURE OF (ONLINE) FILMMAKING"

"ON THE GROUND - THE FUTURE OF (ONLINE) FILMMAKING"

MASTERCLASS BY JOS DE PUTTER

Like every other area of life, social connections, business, publishing and art, documentary filmmaking is influenced by technological developments.
New channels like Youtube and Vimeo have emerged, and have made it possible that everybody is a potential filmmaker and can share his or her works very rapidly. I-phones have made it possible that everybody is a cameraman, extremely simple programs have created millions of new editors – as teenagers.

What does this all mean for the future of serious content, for the future of narration in documentary filmmaking?

New formats are developing, and in this masterclass I want to focus on the series ON THE GROUND, that are produced for the online platform DE CORRESPONDENT in The Netherlands.

The video blog ON THE GROUND brings personal short video's "behind" the news. Direct personal stories that connect to the genre of video-diaries, or video-letters, bring immediate identification and make the news understandable on the personal level.
ON THE GROUND thus brings filmmakers to the foreground who do not shy away to connect their personal lives to the subject.

Obviously, the biggest challenge is to bring the right story at the right time – the urgency behind the film is paramount. But the news-value is not the main topic of interest; we focus precisely on the approach of the author, who through his/her particular approach enforces identification, makes the viewer feel the urgency of the subject and also concentrates on the artistic value of the work.

I distinguish three important principles that make up the profile of the series and will discuss each of them with the help of fragments from some short films.

1: Personal & Urgent
2: From news to storytelling
3: From eyewitness to I witness

The series ON THE GROUND is produced by Jos de Putter/DeepFocusWebDocs for DE CORRESPONDENT.

The 56th Festival dei Popoli is proud to present a selection of short films of ON THE GROUND – THE CORRESPONDENT series.

The Masterclass is scheduled at DOC AT WORK on Wednesday, December 2nd, (timetable: from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm)

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