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Old August 28th, 2004, 04:05 PM   #1
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I caught most of the HBO documentary "Death in Gaza" this afternoon.. I thought it was a well done piece.. I really do not wish to start a political debate about the subject matter.. (I will keep my thoughts to myself here) But am interested in some technical aspects of the film.. I watched it on HBO HD, although it appears the film was shot with Canon XL-1 cameras..(Judging by the still photos in the documentary of the crew carrying XL-1's) It looked really nice on my High Def screen and it looked film like .. Wondering if any one knows was it shot in the frame mode?? or converted to film??Up rezed to HD?? Magic Bullet??
Anyone know any of the tech aspects of this doc??

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Old August 28th, 2004, 11:25 PM   #2
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Hmm haven't heard of it. I am looking forward to an HBO doc. about my aunts father though. (well my uncles father in law). He was a Russian Assasin. I forget his name.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 02:35 PM   #3
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Check it out.. I am sure it is playing in there rotation..
Look on www.hbo.com for the schedule..

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Old August 29th, 2004, 04:49 PM   #4
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Powerful piece. How many documentarians make a movie that documents their own onscreen death? I don't think that's a spoiler, because it's been so widely reported in the media. Every review I've seen has mentioned it. I can't recommend this movie enough to anybody interested in making documentaries. Beyond the sensationalism of the documentarian's killing by Israeli soldiers, the filmmakers' ability to get close to their subjects is an amazing achievement, even though it could be argued they got a little too close on this one.

More to the point on the original question, yeah they definitely had an XL1. You could see them toting it around in the documentery. It's not hard to imagine they used a number of different camcorders though.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 07:17 PM   #5
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You are correct Marco, it is a very powerful piece.. I choose to try not to give away what happened in the film...When I watched it i did not realize how it would end.. And I am sure there are others who are not familiar with it..
But it is a very moving and powerful documentary.. No doubt..

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