My number one guiding principle in making documentary films is essentially the “Fight Club” Rule.
What is the initial rule of “Fight Club”? The very first rule of “Fight Club” is: “Don’t talk about ‘Fight Club.’” The very first rule of documentaries is: Don’t make a documentary — make a MOVIE. Quit making documentaries. Start making pictures. You’ve selected this art form — the cinema, this incredible, wonderful art form, to tell your story. You didn’t need to do this.
You can join a party, in case you’d like to make a political speech, you can hold a rally. In case you would like to provide a sermon, you’ll be able to go to the seminary, you might be a preacher. You could be a teacher in the event you would like to provide a lecture. But you’ve not chosen some of those professions. You’ve decided to utilize the form of Cinema and to be filmmakers. Therefore make an FILM. That word is not to be utilized again. We are not documentarians, we’re filmmakers. Scorsese does not call himself a “fictionatarian.” We’re already in the ghetto. We do not need to construct a bigger ghetto. You’re filmmakers. Produce a picture, produce a picture. People love going to the films. It’s a great American/Canadian convention, going to the movies. Why would n’t you intend to create *a film*? Individuals might really go view your documentary, because if you made *a movie*!
Don’t tell me shit I understand.
I don’t go to those kinds of documentaries, the ones that believe I’m unlearned. Don’t tell me that nuclear power is not good. I know it’s not good. I’m not likely to give two hours of my own life up to possess you tell me it’s not good. All right? Seriously, I don’t wish to hear anything I already know. I do enjoy seeing a film where the filmmakers obviously thinks they’re the first people to discover something n’t could be wrong with genetically modified foods. You believe you’re the only one who knows that? Your failure to trust there are actually quite a few bright people around is the reason folks usually are not likely to come see your documentary. Oh, I see — you made the film since there are really so many people who DON’T know about genetically modified foods. And you’re appropriate. There are. And they just can’t wait to give up to learn about it.
The modern documentary sadly has morphed into what resembles a faculty lecture, the school lecture mode of telling a story.
That has to cease. We have to devise a different type of model, an alternate manner. Because like I mentioned I don’t discover how exactly to say this, I only went three terms to school. And one thing I’m thankful for from that is that I never learned the way to write a college essay. I hated school, I always hated school. It was nothing but regurgitation back to the teacher of something the teacher said, and then I’ve to recall it and write it back down on a sheet of paper. The math problem was never a problem. Somebody else had already solved the issue after which put it in the mathematics book. The chemistry experiment wasn’t an experiment. Somebody else did it, and now they’re making me do it, but still calling it an experiment. Nothing is an experiment here. I hated the nuns as well as school understood they and it felt awful for me personally. I might simply sit there bored and angry and it didn’t do me much good — except I ended up making these films.
I don’t like Castor Oil (a foul-tasting medication from a hundred years ago). Too a lot of your documentaries feel like medicine.
The folks don’t need medicine. They visit the doctor when they need medication. They don’t want medication in the movie theaters. Goobers are wanted by them, popcorn is wanted by them, and they would like to see a picture that is great. They just spent plenty of money on the popcorn that was $9, on the babysitter, around the ticket that was overpriced. All this cash has been spent by them. And then they want to go home — it’s Friday. I got a small hint on the bulletin board in my editing room.
The Left is dreary.
Why we’ve had a tough time convincing people to think about a number of what exactly we’re concerned about, and it’s. We’ve lost our sense of humor, like I said before and we should be boring. We used to be amusing. The Left was amusing in the 60s, and we got really too damn serious. I don’t believe it did us any good.
Why do n’t more of your pictures go following the real villains — and I mean the ACTUAL villains?
Why are n’t you naming names? Why do n’t we have more documentaries that are going after corporations by name? Do n’t we’ve more documentaries going following the Koch Brothers and naming them by name?
I believe it’s significant to make your movies personal.
I don’t mean to put yourself always in the movie or in front of the camera. A few of you, the camera does not like you. Don’t go in front of the camera. And I’d count myself as one of those. It was an injury which I ended up in “Roger & Me,”and I won’t bore you with that narrative, but folks want to hear the voice of a person. The great majority of those documentary films that have had the most success are the ones using an individual voice. Etc. are, ”ed by Morgan Spurlock, Al Gore, Bill Maher, “Gasland,” “Shoah I know that documentary films stay from that, most don’t like narration, they merely put up a few cards to explain what’s going on, but the
Point your cameras at the cameras.
You’ve where I quit filming whatever it truly is that’s going on seen this in my films, and I simply turn my camera on the press pool. Oh, that is a pitiful sight, isn’t it? It actually shows you how little REAL tips you’re getting in regards to the issue, and how little they actually care.
TV and novels have figured out.
They know the American people loves nonfiction storytelling. But you’d never know that by simply viewing the list of films playing down in the multiplex tonight. But open up the book review section of the New York Times this Sunday. There will be three times as many nonfiction books reviewed as fiction books, three times as many. Nonfiction books sell enormous. Nonfiction television is tremendous! Consider the ratings. The top 25 shows every week possess quite a few nonfiction shows, from the brighter ones like “60 Minutes,” to items like “Dancing with the Stars.” But there’s additionally Stephen Colbert.