NotesOnFrance Video Team at Work

NotesOnFrance Video Crew

NotesOnFrance at Le Gribiche

We try to follow many of the ideas first developed by French and American filmmakers: a cinéma verité style of shooting video. Unless we’re specifically doing an interview with a subject, we “shoot from the hip” and try not to influence what we’re shooting. We use a small crew, minimal equipment, and we usually shoot hand-held without a tripod. This method gives us the flexibility to respond quickly to people and events.

Rather than imposing a preconceived style, we want to see life unfold before the camera and capture it. In fact, shooting is the wrong word to describe what we’re try to do; rather, it’s more like fishing, trying to find the exact moments, actions and images that can tell the story, and tease them out of reality and into the camera. That’s our goal, but like anything else, as T.S. Eliot said, “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow…”

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