LESS IS MORE
For some documentaries you need a large filmcrew. For others you just need a good archive and plenty of time. And sometimes all it takes is a reporter and a camera.
Take the 1960s. Reporting for television during the Vietnam war took a handheld 16mm filmcamera and a lot of guts. A single reporter equipped with a filmcamera could act swiftly, get close to the action and quickly earn the trust of soldiers he was filming. Large filmcrews could not accomplish that. The reporter/cameraman model made for some of the most authentic and close up footage during those times. Because sometimes less is more.
I am an outspoken fan of this filmstyle and I have adopted it for my own work, producing, filming, editing, writing. It allows for presenting authentic stories when you pay attention to photography. And despite the success of mobile phone clips on youtube: Premium visuals remain the key for good films. Almost any audience will “feel” the visual quality of a film – even if analyzing its components is left to the trained eye.
To achieve best quality I shoot my footage almost exclusively on Canon 5D Mark III DSLR equipment – abandoning XDCAM which I had used in TV for a long time.
I hope you enjoy my work.