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Published on March 10th, 2017 | by admin


Master Class with Chris Hegedus

On November 10, a day after the election, Chris Hegedus visited News Doc for a Master Class on Covering Politics on the Inside and Shooting Verite, using her film WAR ROOM.

Chris Hegedus has been making films as a director, cinematographer, and editor for nearly 40 years. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award for STARTUP.COM, an intimate buddy story filmed during the first Internet boom/bust. Together with her partner D A Pennebaker, Hegedus was nominated for an Academy Award for THE WAR ROOM, a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

 To watch a trailer of WAR ROOM, click here.


Part One: Getting Access to Your Character



Part Two: Filming With Minimal Equipment


Part Three: How to Film for the Edit Room



Part Four: Getting Access to James Carville



Part Five: Building a Scene While Editing



Part Six: The Advantages of Shooting Verite



Part Seven: Finding Ways to Fill Gaps in Documentaries



Part Eight: Structuring a Sequence



Part Nine: Turning Field Mishaps Into Great Endings

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