How Remixing is Like Documentary Filmmaking
My friend, and vidder extraordinaire, Laura Shapiro recently observed that my remix video making process has a lot in common with documentary filmmaking. That is, to a large extend, I have to let the source media reveal the narrative. I spend countless hours gathering and combing through available audiovisual source material trying to construct a narrative plot from all the pieces. I definitely have an idea in my head for the topics I want to cover, the points I want to hit and the general direction I want to take the project but I’m never completely sure what I will find along the way or exactly how it will all fit together in the end. I’ve never thought of my process in exactly this way before but I think Laura is absolutely right about the documentary connection.
PHOTO: Buster Keaton’s 1924 film Sherlock, Jr.