This week SAR readers photos selection

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20 Great Documentaries That Will Change Your Worldview

By Shane Fraser

Manufacturing Dissent

Unlike other artforms, documentaries don’t hide their agendas. The documentarian begins with a conviction, and the purpose of the film is to convince the viewer of the truth of said conviction, regardless of its actual veracity. Not all documentarians are like this. Some, who believe in the unbiased pursuit of truth, produce honest but boringly even-handed films, but this technique is not as effective as fearmongering, despite being the superior product.

Luckily for entertainment-junkies, documentaries are under no obligation to be impartial in an age of cultural tribalism. And like the Nazi propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl, they exist foremost as affirmers of already-held beliefs, or converters of the directors’ beliefs.

We hope, in making this list of potential view-changing documentaries, we’ve compiled a solid mix of films for the curious mind. The list is not propaganda, not meant to push a certain ideology despite whatever conclusions you may draw, but simply to present ideas from a large spectrum of society. Still, take each film, on its own, with incredulity; they are made to change your mind. If you know this going in, you may be less likely to dogmatize your opinions. There are always two sides.

20. Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

The entity that is the Vietnam War is a continuous deluge of fact, speculation, conspiracy and hearsay, and this makes for a tantalizing story of all the gears that grinded to create the same disappointing outcome.

Hearts and Minds is this story. Released in 1974, just after the U.S. left Vietnam, the documentary presents interviews with people on all sides of the war effort, and created a vital framework of understanding for the shell-shocked citizens of the involved countries who sat without answers or resolution. The war lasted twenty years for some, and Hearts and Minds → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Watch: How to Create Suspense Using Music

By V Renée

Want to ramp up the suspense in your film? Here are some ways to do it with music.

When it comes to horror flicks and thrillers, it’s all about building suspense. Creating a tense cinematic experience that puts your audience at the edge of their seat can be done in many ways, but one element that seems to really speak to the fear center of a movie-goer’s brain is music. So, what are some techniques professional filmmakers and music composers use when writing film scores to build tension and suspense? Well, StudioBinder shares a few of them in the video below.

There are many ways to build suspense with music, but the following three techniques from StudioBinder are definitely some of the most popular. In fact, chances are you’ve heard at least one (if not all) of them in pretty much every horror film or thriller you’ve ever seen.

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From:: No Film School

Dear Filmmakers, Study More than Film

By V Renée

So, you eat, sleep, and breath cinema, huh?

Okay, so you’re an expert on Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Steven Spielberg. You like Ozu and Kurosawa, know the dance from Bande à part, and can spell Eadweard Muybridge without googling it. You, my friend, know your shit about cinema. But still, despite the hundreds of film books and screenplays you’ve read and thousands of films you’ve seen, there may be so much more information you’re failing to feed your brain. Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society suggests that while having an encyclopedic knowledge of and insatiable interest in cinema is great, expanding your education beyond it might actually be the best thing you could do as a filmmaker.

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From:: No Film School

How I Decided to Buy My New Camera

By John P. Hess

The one question we, as well as every photo/video related site, get is “What Camera Should I Buy?” I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to answer that question but maybe the best approach is to walk through how I decided to buy our new camera. Now I knew that I needed to […]

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The 10 Best Movie Trilogies of All Time

By Vitor Guima

The Godfather (1972)

Trilogies are something that’s very recurrent in the history of film. As a way of telling a longer story or simply connecting a particular theme in different narratives, some of the best films in history are part of a trilogy and many acclaimed directors have one in their filmography. With that in mind, here is a selection of some of the best trilogies ever made.

As always, it is never too late to remember that many things interfere in the choice of the trilogies on this list, but the main factors are memory and especially personal preferences. If you think any other trilogy could be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are the 10 best film trilogies of all time.

10. The Before Trilogy

Movies: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013)

We gotta have some romance mixed up with existentialism on an article like this.

Directed by Richard Linklater and starred by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (who are also screenwriters alongside Linklater on the second and third films), The Before Trilogy follows a couple that meets on a train over the course of almost 20 years through encounters and mismatches, through happiness, and also through some very somber existentialist conversations and moments.

Taking place – almost – in real time, the three films explore deeply the characters’ personas in very different moments of their lives. From their first meeting when they are all about expectations of the future to their meeting nine years later when they start to face the many difficulties of adulthood (and seeing those expectations might not have happened as they imagine), and finally when their marriage is in crisis in the last film of the trilogy.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Sea Gypsies – A Feature Documentary Shot on the Canon 5D3 and Magic Lantern RAW

By Nicholas Edwards

Sea Gypsies

My name is Nico Edwards, and I’m a blog-taught filmmaker seeking to tell compelling character-driven stories of people living creative and alternative lifestyles. Sea Gypsies – The Far Side of the World is my first feature length film, premiering at Telluride Mountain film Festival. After its international premiere at Banff Mountain Film Festival, it was chosen to tour the world in over 40 countries with the Banff on Tour and Ocean Film Festival on Tour along with about 30 other film festivals so far, where it has won a handful number of awards.

Name and age: Nico Edwards, 34 years old.

Currently based in: Tonga. But the sailboat I live on is heading north, so never in one spot for too long.

Language (s) spoken: English.

Occupation: Full-time filmmaker, part-time editor and, until rather recently, worked in a cubicle at a battery company

How did you get started in our industry? A couple of years ago, I had just about the most boring job imaginable: buying bulk chemicals for a battery company. My job (like so many office jobs) did allow me a whole lot of free time though – a rather obscene amount as long as I looked busy and didn’t wander too far from the cube. So, I devoted that time to watching YouTube tutorials and reading video blogs such as cinema5D, NoFilmSchool and Newshooter. The aim was to improve on my hobby of editing together my little vacation videos. Eventually, I got together some better equipment (Canon Rebel T2i), a couple of cheap but decent lenses (Canon 50mm f/1.8, Canon 24-105 f/4 IS, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) and a used Glidecam 2000 from Ebay, and started making videos on the weekends for small businesses – either for free or cost – just for → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Photo story of the week: Fire and Ice

​A striking 2 a.m. sunrise in Disko Bay, Greenland

This photograph was taken at 2AM on Disko Bay in Greenland. I had been sailing for several hours between immense icebergs, and the clouds were building in such a way that it was becoming clear that the sunrise was going to be something special.

Upon approaching a patterned iceberg floating between smaller pieces of ice, the light struck it from the side in a way that accentuated its texture. The smaller ice pieces provided the foreground, and it all really came together wonderfully.

The image won a gold medal on the 2015 Arctic Awards.

Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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