«Character-driven documentary is the only art form beyond the control of the creators» – thus opens the freshly published book of Mikael Opstrup, the renowned documentary developer and consultant. With a background in producing and working as head of the European Documentary Network, Mikael has been supporting filmmakers across Europe to develop their film ideas for many years. He consults hundreds of projects each year. Along with a few others, he has been the key figure in showing emerging filmmakers the way through the industry jungle.
Mikael Opstrup gathers his expertise in mentoring and developing films in the book entitled The Uncertainty – A book about Developing Character-driven Documentary. The book was presented at IDFA 2021, making me realize how little contemporary literature there is about documentary filmmaking. It came out alongside Niels Pagh Andersen’s Order in Chaos, . . .
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