There are myriad issues to consider when putting together a documentary. Is the story relatable? Is there an audience? If there is an audience, how do I reach them? How am I going to possibly fund this endeavor? Depending on the subject and nature of the piece, these considerations are in their own ways crucially important to creating a successful documentary but sometimes the most important element can turn out to be the most elusive: trust between subject and the person capturing their story.
Dave Moss, with a voice for radio and a keen mind towards improving the funding process, has just launched the Unfunded List, his latest effort to improve the grant proposal process. Anyone who has worked in the grant proposal process knows that applications can be a sort of blind rubik’s cube of planning, writing, guestimating and hoping for the best without a clear system of feedback or clarification once the proposal has been submitted. Grant applicants devote countless hours of their time to applications that get sent down the pike with two main results; acceptance or denial, with denial being delivered quietly and without an opportunity for clarification or explanation.
Time lapse photography has the unique ability to compress hours of time into just a few moments. It allows us to see patterns and motion that we never see in real time. Capturing a successful timelapse takes technical skill, creativity and a lot of patience. Lookout member, Justin Dent has all of these traits. On a recent trip to Oregon, Justin shot an amazing timelapse video, “Hood to Coast: A Brief Lapse in Time” that captures the beauty of one of the most biodiverse states in the country. We see rainforests, mountain glaciers and beaches from sunrise to sunset.
What do you do when a client asks you to make it rain? You can either run to the bank or make a deal or two (straight cash!) or, if you’re Ryder Haske of Peoples Television, you call up your cohorts at The Lookout to build a bespoke Rainmaker and get the shot done.