by Fabian Chaundy | 24th April 2016
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Friedrich Moser – ON THE COUCH On this second part of our interview with Austrian filmmaker Friedrich Moser, we discuss the more abstract questions of filmmaking, as well as the technical aspects of his film “A Good American”. Click here if you missed the first part of the interview. When it comes to documentary filmmaking, objectivity is a key aspect. On the one hand, viewers expect a certain level of knowledge and insight into the subject at hand when they choose to watch a documentary. On the other, this medium is still within the realm of filmmaking, aiming to convey powerful emotions and, above all, tell a compelling story. So, how do you conciliate both sides? Marking a clear difference between meaning and information, Friedrich shares his point of view on this question during the first half of the conversation. For the geeks among us, there is a healthy dose of gear-talk as well. Friedrich Moser talks about his love of RED cameras, his choice of lenses for this project, and the importance of shooting RAW for documentaries. Another ON THE COUCH packed full of valuable insights, and one certainly not to be missed! “A Good American” director Friedrich Moser at Cinema5D HQ in Vienna Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Rode Microphones.Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 16th April 2016
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Friedrich Moser – ON THE COUCH On our first edition of ON THE COUCH from Cinema5D Headquarters in Vienna, we wanted to bring you something truly special. We spent an afternoon talking to Austrian documentary filmmaker Friedrich Moser about his new documentary thriller “A Good American.” For the first part of our meeting, Friedrich shared with us the conception of the idea for the film, arising from an interest in population surveillance and the intelligence community that first came to his attention with the rise of WikiLeaks. With an inquiring mind and a background in contemporary history, he set out to look into the NSA’s ThinThread surveillance software program. Friedrich shares with us the process and challenges inherent in turning the data and characters that he discovered through his research into a compelling narrative. For example, due to the understandable lack of archive footage of the NSA agents featured in the film, Friedrich had to rely on reenactments, as well as existing journalism coverage of terror attacks. He shares with us how his work with “story doctors” helped him use these elements to create an emotional journey, and strike the greatest possible impact on his audience. Stay tuned for part 2 of our On the Couch interview with Friedrich Moser. “A Good American” director Friedrich Moser at Cinema5D HQ in Vienna Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Rode Microphones.Read more
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