Oscar Nominees Explain What Makes Documentaries Feel ‘Alive’ (Video)

“The thing that makes it alive is discovering how it changes and running with that,” “Icarus” co-director Dan Cogan told TheWrap

One of the axioms of great documentary filmmaking is the idea that you start making your movie expecting one thing, but find the story is something completely different during the course of filming.

It doesn’t feel like it’s true of every documentary you see, but it certainly is true for the five Oscar nominated documentary features this year. And if you ask these filmmakers, they’ll tell you that discovery process is essential for anyone who is being true to their medium.

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Brian Welk

Brian Welk

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