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Re: Taking control of the documentary situation, an immodest proposal
I agree - and I'm not a scientist, but an animator.
as I mentioned at svpow, these might be some valid ways to concretely
design leverage within such an effort:
1) Inform yourself. Note the companies that work in dodgy ways. And more
importantly, note the companies that work conscientiously (I can
recommend mdtv). Refuse to work with the former, do work with the latter.
2) Demand conditional release contracts. A publisher must have your
written consent before using interview material. These are always
written up and signed in advance of the interview. If the company you
are working with isn’t on one of the lists above, demand a clause that
gives you release rights – ie. at least one edit review session. After
which you can refuse specific segments if you feel they misrepresent
you. Be prepared and willing to be turned down.
4) Make your own films.This is not as crazy as it sounds. If papers
supply there own visuals in the form of illustrations and animations -
as did the one on /Quetzalcoatlus -/ the media will incorporate those
and the public will be innundated. There are artistic ample resources
out there - artists such as those at ArtEvolved, universities, cg
institutes and animators such as myself. Financial structures can be
developed.... and there is an expenditure in educating that artist to
the point where the artwork is meaningful. But the expenditure is in
your hands, and as such is subject to your design.
(sorry - missed the format button)