This paper-puppet animation celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with Charles Darwin for the theory of natural selection.
Snowbird // Porcelain (New band from Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins)
Late for Meeting
Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues (1980)
50 years later, a rare glimpse of Fellini’s masterpiece 8½ in color.
Documentaries as Direct Experiences:
I’m working on a documentary on the parallel between the life of Jack Tramiel and the rise and fall of the personal computer. I’m not making the typical retrospective. I want to take the viewer back in time through the technology that people used: 1944, 1977, 1982, 1984, etc…
The unique thing about doing a historical documentary about computers, as opposed to a war or a sporting event, is that the viewer is experiencing more than a reproduction of a recording of an event in which they were not direct participants. However, in a documentary about computers, the filmmaker has an opportunity to emulate the software just as it would have behaved 30 years ago. In essence, the experiencing the software is directly experiencing the past. Powerful.
One issue I’ve run into: grammatical tense. In the teaser above, the story is told from the perspective of a Commodore 64 in 1982, projecting into the future. The gag works nicely for 90 seconds, but it becomes a nuisance in a 70-90 minute documentary.
And that’s where the writing has slowed down. The voice of the narrator, as a living being, in present tense.
Who’s to say that a documentary can only have one narrator?