Alan Berliner & Victor Kossakovsky | Masterclass | 2013
This masterclass took place as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 with Journalist Ian Haydn Smith and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute Noe Mendelle facilitating the discussion.
Alan Berliner is an American filmmaker, whose films have been aired on the Public Broadcasting Service program P.O.V. and at film festivals worldwide. Berliner’s most notable filmography includes: Nobody’s Business (1996), Wide Awake (2006), First Cousin Once Removed (2012) and Intimate Stranger (1991).
Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky has his own film production company Kossakovsky Film Production in St. Petersburg. Kossakovsky’s Pavel i Lyalya won the Special Jury Award at IDFA in 1999. His gritty feature length Sreda (Wednesday) won the Documentary Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the True Vision Award at the True/False Film Festival 2012. Kossakovsky is also known for Vivan Las Antípodas (2011), Svyato (2005), and Hush (2003).
The directors tell us the benefits of; mistakes and serendipity, noticing signs, and finding the right distance between your subject and the camera. Through explaining the art of filmmaking, they confidently emphasise how patience and curiosity are the best avenues to explore and succeed.
This class is made up of 11 parts ALL viewable at the top of this page in the embedded playlist, or in the podcast below:
Part 1: Alan Berliner on Serendipity
Part 2: Awards and Nominations
Part 3: Impact of Film & Film as Intervention
Part 4: Creating Intimacy
Part 5: Filmmaker or Human? (Alan Berliner)
Part 6: Ethics in Filmmaking
Part 7: Working with Family
Part 8: Subjects/Characters
Part 9: Victor Kossakovsky on Shooting
Part 10: Alan Berliner on Editing
Part 11: Creative Differences