How To Find the Right Subject for Your Documentary

first_imgIt’s not easy to find the right subject for your documentary. Nonetheless, there are a few qualities you can look for in subjects to ensure they’ll be great.Top image: Chef’s Table via NetflixTo find a story worth telling (and a story worth spending copious amounts of time, money, and energy on in every stage of production), ask yourself these questions about your potential documentary subject.Are they challenging what is the norm?Image: O.J.: Made in America via ESPNIf your subject is challenging the norm, it’s typically a great sign that they will encounter trials, conflicts, and unexpected turns throughout the filming process. Also, if they’re challenging societal norms, this will give them something to work towards and a goal to accomplish. If they have a goal to accomplish, this will make crafting a natural three-act structure in the edit much more feasible.Can they progress?Image: Jim Jarmusch and Iggy Pop promoting Gimme Danger via Associated PressIt took me a year to find the subject for my last documentary. The reason I had such a tough time finding the right subject was that when I started, I was only researching and talking to multiple world champions in their field. I just couldn’t see where their story may go because they had already achieved the pinnacle of their craft. I just kept asking myself where could they go from here?After months of not being able to answer that question, I finally decided to start looking at more people who were just starting in their field. Granted, the more experienced subjects will be great supporting characters, but I just couldn’t envision where the film could go with them as the main characters.Once I stopped talking to world champions, and started talking to people who were starting out and challenging the status quo, that’s when I finally realized that we had a story.What will they overcome and what have they overcome?One of my favorite documentary series right now is Chef’s Table. It’s such a fascinating exploration of character for documentary filmmaking. Most of the chefs they feature on the show had overcome something drastic — something that helped them achieve the success that they’re currently enjoying. The narrative arc for each episode is typically structured around a trial they overcame in the past.When researching or interviewing subjects for a documentary film, don’t be afraid to ask them what big trials they overcame to reach the point they are now.Are they likable and relatable?Image: Ron Howard promoting The Beatles: Eight Days a Week via Press AssociationEveryone wants to root for the underdog. There’s just something about the “can do, against all odds” attitude of an underdog that makes people cheer them on. Ask yourself if your subjects have personality traits that appeal to a broad audience. If so, this will keep your audience entertained and rooting for your character throughout the entire piece.These are just a few of the qualifiers I use to find subjects for my documentary films. Tell us in the comments below how you select subjects for your films.last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Match abandoned due to rain

first_imgThe third ODI between India and Bangladesh has been abandoned due to rain.The match began under a cover of thick clouds at the Shere Bangla Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Suresh Raina, India’s captain, won the toss for the first time in the series and elected to bat.India were reeling at 13/3 after 8.3 overs, when a passing shower shortened the match to 40 overs a side. The Indians have already won the series 2-0, after Stuart Binny’s stellar bowling performance of 6 wickets for 4 runs in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday.Check live scores here: 3rd ODIThe starting lineup for both teams for the third ODI are:Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt. & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin HossainIndia: Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina (capt.), Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadavlast_img read more

Here’s A Cool Video Of Deshaun Watson Leading Clemson In A Round Of “Tigerjacks”

first_imgDeshaun Watson leading the team in "Tigerjacks" at practice.Deshaun Watson Clemson TigerjacksClemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is only entering his sophomore year with the Tigers, but it’s clear that he’s going to have to be a leader during the 2015 campaign. It looks like he’s having no problem playing that role so far.Saturday, Clemson posted an Instagram video of Watson leading the team in a round of “Tigerjacks.” It’s a short clip, but it’s enough to get Tigers fan pumped up for the upcoming season.  Deshaun Watson leading the Tigerjack breakdown. #ClemsonA video posted by Clemson Football (@clemsonfb) on Aug 15, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Clemson opens with Wofford on Saturday, September 5.last_img read more

New OPM Website Launched

first_imgThe media, students, researchers, the general public, and other stakeholders can now visit the Office of the Prime Minister’s new, interactive web portal, which was launched on Wednesday, February 27.The new-look website, www.opm.gov.jm, which was designed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), is also maintained by the agency.Making the announcement and introducing the various features of the website, at a Jamaica House media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, pointed out that the website is recognised as a key communication tool for the Government.The main features of the website are: timely news releases emerging from the OPM; profiles of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers; policies and programmes of the Government, such as the economic reform programme, the growth agenda, the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), and others. The website also provides a history of Jamaica House, and a virtual tour.“It’s a work in progress…we are going to do some more photo shoots, so that persons can see the inner workings and offices of Jamaica House,” Minister Falconer told journalists.It also features links to social media, such as Facebook, and links to other Government websites; live streaming of the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, and sittings of Parliament; and an improved and more easily navigated photo gallery. One interesting feature of the gallery is a ‘Photo of the Day’.“In addition, we have multi-media presentations…in the past the OPM website did not have any kind of video. One feature that we are working on, which we hope will facilitate the media (is to) update the website in real time,” the Minister said.She pointed out that in the near future, members of the press will be able to download videos and audio clips from the website, as this will enable easier access to material which they would otherwise have to source directly from the JIS.last_img read more

Montreal group pressing authorities to block concert by former Haitian president

first_imgMONTREAL — A group of Haitian Montrealers is appealing to federal and municipal authorities to block an upcoming concert by former Haitian president Michel Martelly, citing what they say are his misogynistic comments and his alleged complicity in corruption scandals.As part of the campaign, women’s groups sent a letter Monday asking Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante to use  “all your political power” to block a concert this Friday by the former leader, a popular singer who performs as Sweet Micky.“Michel Martelly, alias Sweet Micky, a notorious misogynist who is an apologist for rape, is scheduled to come perform on stage in Montreal on March 22,” reads the letter, which is signed by seven groups, including the community organization Maison d’Haiti.“This situation is even more worrying due to the fact that the regime currently in power in Port-au-Prince, accused of corruption and repression, is the heir of the party of Martelly, an ex-president of Haiti whose administration is also implicated in the corruption scandal and misappropriation of funds that is currently rocking the country,” it continues.Marie Dimanche, a member of Montreal’s Haitian community, says the singer has no place performing in Montreal.Dimanche recently founded the support group Solidarite Quebec-Haiti in response to anti-government protests in Haiti over the rising cost of living and the alleged disappearance of billions of dollars from PetroCaribe, an oil subsidy program intended to help the impoverished Haitian people.While nobody has been charged, a Haitian Senate investigation has alleged embezzlement by at least 14 former officials in Martelly’s administration.In a phone interview, Dimanche said Martelly is well-known for his sexist and degrading comments directed at women, some of which have promoted sexual assault. “The things he says are degrading, violent towards women,” she said in a phone interview.“I’m not particularly in favour of censorship, but hateful speech that calls for violence towards a group of people — half the population —  I feel it’s not acceptable.”Dimanche and her group are hoping Plante will declare that Martelly is not welcome in Montreal, as former mayor Denis Coderre did in 2016 with the French comedian who performs as Dieudonne. Dieudonne, who has been charged multiple times in Europe with hate-speech violations, flew to Canada but returned to France shortly after without performing, leading to speculation that he was turned back by immigration authorities.“We think there’s a good chance that (our plan) works, because Valerie Plante is sensitive to questions of women’s rights, and I think she will be sensitive to the question,” Dimanche said. An official in Plante’s office said Monday he needed time to look into the matter.If Martelly is allowed to enter, Dimanche says her group will protest outside the downtown venue in an attempt to stop the show.The possibility of protests doesn’t faze the show’s promoter, Carl-Edward Osias, who knows Martelly personally.In an interview last week, Osias, president of Bass-Mint Management Group, said Sweet Micky’s Montreal shows were well-attended in the past, both before and after his stint as Haiti’s president from 2011-16.He said the Montreal protest is begin fuelled by Martelly’s political opponents and those who don’t understand that Sweet Micky is a persona known for outrageous antics. “He’s a provocateur,” Osias said. “He’ll wear a skirt. He’ll say stupid things. He’ll make jokes. He’s an artist who provokes, who creates controversy.”He says he has no problem with people protesting but doesn’t think it’s right for them to try to block the show, which he has no intention of cancelling.Martelly was accused more than once of using coarse and sexist language during his tenure. A sexually charged comment he made to a female critic at a campaign rally in 2015 prompted a politically allied party to announce the resignation of three officials from Martelly’s administration, including the minister for women’s affairs.And just before leaving office, he released a pop song jeering at his critics and aiming sexually suggestive lyrics at award-winning female journalist and human rights advocate Liliane Pierre-Paul. The song, titled Bal Bannann Nan — Haitian Creole for “Give Them the Banana” — featured Martelly and backing vocalists repeatedly singing suggestive lyrics while referring to bananas and Pierre-Paul.Dimanche and Osias disagree about whether there are more Sweet Micky fans or critics in Montreal’s Haitian community of 132,000, including over 75,000 who were born in the Caribbean country. Osias believes the fans outweigh the critics; Dimanche hopes the opposite is true.“I think if people knew who he was, we would be very numerous in having this opinion,” she said.Quebec sociologist Frederic Boisrond wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several cabinet ministers in January, asking them to block the entry of the singer, whom he described as “misogynist, violent, and dangerous.” Martelly’s rhetoric “openly apologizes for rape, normalizes and glorifies violence against women,” he said in his letter.Boisrond said representatives from Trudeau’s office, as well as those of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, wrote back to say they were studying the issue, but the final decision lies with Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.Hussen’s office said it could not comment on specific cases without the consent of the individual.— With files from The Associated PressMorgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

20K shortfall threatens heavily used Iqaluit Food Bank

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National News Nunavut faces the highest grocery costs in the country. So, it probably comes as no surprise that plenty of people in the territory simply can’t afford to eat.Now, that problem is growing into a crisis.70 percent of Inuit families in Nunavut are food insecure, which is eight times higher than the national rate.A $20,000 shortfall in the capitol’s food bank could mean a hungry spring for some Iqaluit families in 2017.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img