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Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. A ‘documentary film’ was originally shot on film stock — the only medium available — but now includes video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made as a television program or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described ...

Star Wars, Musical Rarities & Steve Jobs – The Week’s Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Star Wars, Musical Rarities & Steve Jobs   The Weeks Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

In the two years or so that I've been writing this column, this is by far the highest number of videos I've ever crammed inside it. I don't know if that means there's more great video than ever out there, or if it's a sign …

Video Art & Warfare – The Week’s Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Video Art & Warfare   The Weeks Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Once a week, I take a little time out from the more serious online video pursuits to compile a round up of the week's best viral videos. Some are from amateurs, some come from brands, and some come from video producers who straddle the line …

Ken Burns Documentary “Prohibition” To Debut On Apple Devices Before PBS Premiere

Ken Burns Documentary Prohibition To Debut On Apple Devices Before PBS Premiere

Ken Burns has been PBS' go-to documentary director since he unleashed the documentary mini-series Baseball way back in 1994.  Since then he's made similar series on jazz, national parks, and World War II.  So Burns is a name in which people are familiar, but that …

Mr. Brainwash Caps Season 1 Of Hulu’s A Day In The Life

Mr. Brainwash Caps Season 1 Of Hulus A Day In The Life

Mr. Brainwash, aka, Thierry Guetta, became a fairly well-known street artist thanks to the unusual and entertaining documentary Exit From the Gift Shop.  The film is unusual because it was shot by street artist/prankster Banksy, and it led many people to believe that Banksy created …

Ballet Still Beautiful, Boring After Hulu’s Latest Day in the Life

Ballet Still Beautiful, Boring After Hulus Latest Day in the Life

Morgan Spurlock's "Day in the Life" has always been a good idea, the thought that we might to get to see some interesting people during one of their normal days is captivating.  However, it seems that there are too many limitations to the form.  I …

Morgan Spurlock’s Third “Day in the Life” Gets More Well-Rounded With Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am

Morgan Spurlocks Third Day in the Life Gets More Well Rounded With Black Eyed Peas will.i.am

The latest in Morgan Spurlock's Hulu documentary series, "A Day in the Life," focuses on will.i.am, the face of the tremendously successful hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas.  In this episode, Spurlock follows will.i.am through Paris, France on the first day of three sold-out shows …

Stop Motion & A Beatboxing Flute – The Week’s Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Stop Motion & A Beatboxing Flute   The Weeks Best Viral Videos & Marketing Lessons

Today's kind of a big day. Lots of things happening. The online video world is waiting to see if there will be any word on the possible sale of Hulu, as final bids are reportedly due today. Along the east coast of the U.S., a …

Hulu’s Original Web Series, A Day In The Life, Gets Even Better With 2nd Episode

Hulus Original Web Series, A Day In The Life, Gets Even Better With 2nd Episode

The second episode of Morgan Spurlock's documentary web series A Day in the Life takes a look at stand-up comedian Russell Peters. In the United States, Peters isn't too well-known, but in his native Canada, the UK, and Australia, he has set box office records. …

Based On A True Story: A Brief History Of The “False Document” In Film & Web Series

Based On A True Story: A Brief History Of The False Document In Film & Web Series

A powerful technique in the world of entertainment is what is known as the false document. It goes beyond "based on a true story" and invents a history to form a basis in reality. One of the earliest uses of this device was way back …

The First Original Web Series From Hulu Arrives, Is It Any Good?

The First Original Web Series From Hulu Arrives, Is It Any Good?

Morgan Spurlock, the director of pop documentaries Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, recently got into original web series with A Day in the Life on Hulu. Spurlock will deliver 6 episodes of the series, which will follow personalities as diverse as …

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