Documentary PYT (Post-Youtube)

From the blog Documentary Tech here’s a good quick overview of ways that digital technology and crowdsourcing have changed documentary film — and audience expectations and standards — in the last decade.  According to Documentary Tech’s Edward Delaney, DIY media culture and Youtube have inculcated a new level of audience flexibility about production values, when the best content may just happen be captured on a cell phone video.  “Viewers,” he says, “are willing to accept what they see if it makes sense.”

These points are very well taken, but I think the seeds for this kind of expansive documentary environment were sown before the birth of Youtube.  To that point, I’ll post next about a filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area who worked collaboratively with teens shooting with consumer video equipment to make a trilogy of breakthrough documentaries way back in the 90s.

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