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SIGHTS UNSEEN: a Discourse on the History of Mass Mediated War

By Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D. Where is it written that seeing is believing? The recent war in Iraq (Iraq II) saw the first widespread use of live picture/phone satellite transmitted television coverage of ongoing battle, reported by camera crews “imbedded” with military units. It was shaky, it was intermittent, the sound and image broke up, …

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Frederick Wiseman for DocPoint

By Betsy A. McLane Ph.D.Approximately 1000 wordsNovember 29, 2005 “My goal is to make as many films as possible about different aspects of American life.”  Frederick Wiseman speaking to writer and critic Gerald Peary   Frederick Wiseman’s body of work is unique among U.S. documentarians, at the same time that the films offer some of …

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Editor Tina Hirsch at 2005 UFVA Conference From THE EDITORS GUILD MAGAZINE

By Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D. Teaching and editing go hand in hand. There is great tradition in Hollywood editing; most editors working today have spent plenty of hours, some painful, some rewarding, and training newcomers on the job. And today’s editors, whether picture or sound, learned their skills through hands-on lessons from their predecessors. Mastering …

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Program Notes for the AMPAS screening of the The SEA AROUND US, Fall 2005

By Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D. Rachel Carson’s (1917–1964) classic book THE SEA AROUND US, remains in print and is widely distributed more than fifty years after its first publication in 1952. Her highly readable descriptions of the origins of earth’s oceans and the wonders beneath their surfaces have enchanted generations of readers. She has been …

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Brazilian Documentary Story

In North America, conversations about Brazil might center, depending upon one’s particular bent, on the beauty of the beaches and the jungles of the Amazon; the merits of the national cocktail, the Caipirinha and the bacchanal of Carnival; or the poverty in the big city favelas and environmental destruction caused by gold mining and logging. …

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