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#1 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:49 AM

I just watched this last night and I have to say that I was initially thinking "Are you serious? Nothing but talking heads?!" But what came out of the heads proved to be extremely engaging! ;)

And to David Mullen, thanks for being part of that. A very different and interesting kind of doc.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

I just watched this last night and I have to say that I was initially thinking "Are you serious? Nothing but talking heads?!"


I know the feeling... but it is extremely difficult to get the rights to use clips from movies and get them to provide them at decent quality levels, etc. "Visions of Light" really should be redone with new movie clips at HD resolution now that we've had a decade of better HD transfers to use, all the interviews were shot in early analog HD after all. But the costs are staggering. Kevin Brownlow hasn't been able to release his classic multi-part doc "Hollywood" on DVD because of all the rights issues with clips, and these are just silent movies.
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:26 PM

Most sane countries have fair use rules with "use for review" provisions which should theoretically solve this sort of problem, but they almost never seem to be used, especially in more or less unrestricted "might is right" jurisdictions like the US.

Which is a sad, sad indictment of the modern world.


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#4 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

Kevin Brownlow hasn't been able to release his classic multi-part doc "Hollywood" on DVD because of all the rights issues with clips, and these are just silent movies.


Wow. Unreal.
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#5 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

Trailers are not copyrightable.
Which is why so many cable documentaries use clips from trailers.

Of course, the picture quality is usually abominable.
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