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Isabel BrownFollow

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11-12-2017 11:20 AM

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This project is inspired by one overarching question—is it possible to craft a standard, useful ethical code for documentary filmmakers to follow? The beauty of documentaries is also the danger: as an audience, we can easily lose the fact that we are still seeing reality through the lens another person or team has constructed. For this project, I propose to put together an ethical “rulebook.” These ethical expectations primarily center on the topic of filmmaker/subject relationships, and the combating potential for exploitation that those relationships entail. I plan to look at both existing scholarly research and the personal experiences of filmmakers working in LA and New York. For my deliverable, I will make my own short about a topic that I choose myself, applying the points in my own “rulebook” to test their usability.

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completed presentation! approved by Prof. Kevin del Principe

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Dec 11th, 11:20 AM

How to Make a Documentary, Ethically: Creating a Code for Documentary Filmmakers

This project is inspired by one overarching question—is it possible to craft a standard, useful ethical code for documentary filmmakers to follow? The beauty of documentaries is also the danger: as an audience, we can easily lose the fact that we are still seeing reality through the lens another person or team has constructed. For this project, I propose to put together an ethical “rulebook.” These ethical expectations primarily center on the topic of filmmaker/subject relationships, and the combating potential for exploitation that those relationships entail. I plan to look at both existing scholarly research and the personal experiences of filmmakers working in LA and New York. For my deliverable, I will make my own short about a topic that I choose myself, applying the points in my own “rulebook” to test their usability.