A good documentary can start with an idea but hopefully not one too developed.
Are certain directorial choices of framing foreign to documentary?
The conceptual dimension of ubiquitous filmmaking decisions.
Two modes of docfiction spectatorship.
Animation and live action, getting along – or not.
Valuing films that follow genre conventions and follow them well.
Documentaries that switch tone or mode half-way through.
A tale of two reading formations.
In defense of observational cinema.
The importance of the “documentary” label.
Further thoughts on variations on the character-driven format.
A single shot raises important questions.