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The benefits of video over film for the documentary filmmaker
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Well, I've made the transition from film to, to video and I think it's a permanent one. Especially since video cameras are getting better and better. And, in fact, by the end of this year, the beginning of next year, I'm going to have a fully professional, high definition camera that it's as small as the one that I use now. And I, I've come up with 30 reasons, which have gone into publication actually, as to why it's important to make the move, for a documentary filmmaker, from film to, to video. Some of the re- reasons are: it's so much more economical- it's $5 an hour instead of several thousand; you don't run out of film as you do with a film camera- ten minutes you're, you're already reloading and with my little video camera it's an hour. 30 reasons which I needn't go- needn't go into. But I'm more intrigued, rather than with the somewhat more beautiful result on film, more intrigued with the, the opportunities to get closer to people with a video camera without interruption. And that's, that's what the video camera offers. And that's of paramount importance.

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: Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz

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.

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.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: film, video, camera, technology, film maker, film making, documentary

Duration: 1 minute, 40 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 29 September 2010