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In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
You know, the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story, you follow a lead and that leads you to something else and then by the time you finish, the story is nothing like you expected.
The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
I wouldn't do nudity in films. For me, personally... To act with my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary.
It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
And in reality, I don't think it's a real documentary. It's more a story of her life. It's a story of survival. It's a story of the time in which she lived. The story of success and failure.
On 'The Office,' so much of the show is about disguising your true feelings and your romantic feelings because it was a mock documentary.
Most people see a documentary about the meat industry and then they become a vegetarian for a week.
We'll be back to our nature documentary, 'Baggy the Anorexic Elephant' in just a second.
Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
I have my ideas of what a good documentary is, but drama is a different animal because you're arranging everything.
Gus Van Sant
Well, I want to do everything in sort of a documentary style, ever since I started in the '80s.
Gus Van Sant
I've always been interested in how to present something that relates to our reality - which is not really... I don't even know if documentary itself does as good a job. It has its own problems in trying to get at the reality of the situation.
Gus Van Sant
I remember when I took Quentin Tarantino with me to a very private screening of the documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,' which shows some of the legal irregularities of his case. I was involved by the film, and it was an amazing experience to see people weep at the end of it.
It would be pretty shabby to appear flippant around a documentary that's about how much I love my fans.
Well, it was actually - I brought the idea of doing a documentary to HBO back in 2000, when there were some press reports sort of were bandied about that there were going to TV movies based on some of the books that were out.
The key fact missed most often by social scientists utilizing documentary films for data, is this: documentary films are not found or reported things; they're made things.
I would love to have been a documentary filmmaker; I just didn't have the resources to do that.
Anna Deavere Smith
The great thing about 'The Office' and it being single-camera and the documentary style is that it's mostly a comedy, but 10 percent of it is, we get to show the existential angst that exists in the American workplace.
I want to do a documentary about strippers, 'cause it's a moneymaker.
In a way then, the Divine Principle, this new revelation, is the documentary of my life. It is my own life experience. The Divine Principle is in me, and I am in the Divine Principle.
Sun Myung Moon
I love 'Robot Chicken,' 'The Boondocks' and 'America's Funniest Home Videos.' Then there's this show called 'The First 48.' It's a documentary about killings where they try and find murderers. They interrogate people and they tell on each other - it's hilarious.
I think documentary filmmaking is a braver way to make films because it's real, and you're really there.
When a documentary filmmaker, working in the style that I do, suggests that there has been a shooting ratio of 40 hours to every one hour of finished film, that doesn't mean that the other 39 are bad.
I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films.
I don't really believe that documentary is objective reality and fiction is all illusion.
The first time I thought about attempting a body suspension was after watching a documentary on rites-of-passage ceremonies from other cultures. I was completely intrigued by what these people put their bodies through.
We have a documentary film festival in Mexico. It's really original. It's called Ambulante, and it's a film festival that travels around several cities in Mexico.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Documentary films are created in an inverted funnel of declining possibility.
I try to learn from both, from features and documentaries. In both cases you have to find a way to make the camera as discreet as possible, and flexible enough to be able to capture the moment when it happens. I know from documentary how to not have a preconceived idea of what the scene could be.
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