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Filming Marlon Brando


The advantages of working with video cameras
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Well, we have all- all that footage over the years that was shot in 16mm, beautiful color. A year or two ago I, I advanced my technology, I think, by beginning to use a video camera. And- actually it was only a year or so that I used the camera- the video- on this project. But there are many reasons to make it- to have made that choice. One of them is that with this little camera, the tape will run without interruption for an hour so that at no time would I expect that I have to lose a shot or part of it because I only have ten minutes of a run, which is the case with film. And the camera that I've been using is much smaller, less obtrusive; there are economies as well. The- I'm all the more excited with the new technology that'll add more possibilities for capturing more intimacy with whatever I film for "The Gates" project.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Sara Maysles Rebekah Maysles Tamara Tracz

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: The Gates

Duration: 1 minute, 36 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008