In documentary filmmaking, the true essence of your story often shifts from your original vision as you continue to follow your subjects in the field and when you thread your story together in the editing room. Filmmakers Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres premiered their vérité legal thriller, THE FIGHT, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking, and critical acclaim for taking audiences into ACLU’s hard fought battles during the Trump administration. Join us as Elyse and Eli reveal the three year journey of making THE FIGHT. We’ll discuss how they conceived the film and found their subjects; their use of cinéma vérité to capture the most compelling, authentic moments; and dive into their process for remaining flexible as the story shifted and unfolded during the making of the film. This conversation will help you think about how to stack the deck in your favor as you shoot and edit to find the “real” story in your next documentary film.
You can learn more about THE FIGHT and watch the film here.
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