Ellen Hovde, Muffie Myer, and Susan Foemke on documentaries


Three women who had edited one of the Maysles brothers‘ documentaries and further established the art of cinema vérité talk briefly about the challenges and philosophy of editing Grey Gardens or a documentary of such nature.

Albert Maysles passed away on March 5, 2015. He along with his brother David were the pioneers of the cinema vérité documentary filmmaking, which paved the way for much of how documentaries and films are made today.

Albert Maysles

Steven Soderbergh on filmmaking – Part VI and VII


Part VI – On process, editing.

Part VII – Writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien join Steven Soderbergh in a discussion on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. Discussions include on cutting the footage up to camera, exposition, ideas, improvisation, seeing effort in shot designs, subjective versus objective directing, and structuring sequences without shot repetition.

EDIT: In light of a comment made in the video below about me not posting titles or as little information about the given selection as possible – may I remind everyone that I do not do that. Period. I have mentioned before the reasons why, and I have written it in the “About” page how I go about these selects.

Here it is again.

I post only the most valuable excerpts of commentary information from various films. Mainly the selects that I choose are theoretical in nature – that is, it is irrelevant what film they’re from as they are not screen specific. I mull over these bits quite a bit to make sure they can be understood on their own. Do not ask me for a TITLE whenever I post these commentaries. If you are so curious, why not and watch the director’s entire films with the commentaries on like I do? I provide a service for those who want to learn, on my own free time. On this blog I will compile best bits on cinematic language. This is less of a technical blog as it is a theoretical, analytical, and philosophical space for young filmmakers or just cinephiles who want to grasp the language of cinema.