Bazelon from Slate Magazine Talks Journalism Ethics

We were lucky to have another fantastic guest speaker this week. Emily Bazelon, who writes for Slate and the New York Times, answered a number of our questions about ethics in filmmaking and journalism. Her first piece of advice was to “choose an identity for this project and to be our…
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Film Teams See Success and Some Formidable Challenges

Today, our course began with a conversation with the national security team, which is looking into the kind of profiling that takes place at mosques. A member of this group noted her initial outreach to film subjects and described the group’s pre-interview research with coordinators and imams at mosques; some…
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Filmmaking Technique: Narrative Structure

Today, guest speaker Sharat Raju, director of the film Divided We Fall, offered a discussion of narrative structure and storytelling. The basic structure of any narrative, according to Sharat, goes as follows: there’s a person, this is what the person was up against, this is what happened, and this is the…
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Visual Law Project To Examine Racial Profiling in its Inaugural Year

After a few weeks of tossing around ideas and debating about what kind of legal questions could be best answered on film, September 21 was the day when we all came together to discuss our final choice. Last week, we debated the top two suggestions via conference call, and we…
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The Invisible Harms of Racial Profiling

Cases involving race – and particularly racial profiling cases – are often decided on an individual basis. Courts look to whether or not there was an injury to an individual on the basis of race, and often conclude that there was not – either because race was not a determining…
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Copyright, Licensing, and Liability: More Questions Than Answers

We spent some time on Tuesday discussing, in a rather preliminary sort of way, how we were going to allocate the rights of the films we’re going to make. We hope that the thoughts below will provide a useful starting point for what will likely prove to be an ongoing…
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Charting Our Course: The Visual Law Project Officially Launches

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Our first official meeting took place today in New Haven, CT. During a 6-hour retreat, we introduced ourselves to one another, developed an overview of our scholarly production process, and worked through a series of short filming and editing exercises. Many of our initial ideas and storyboards were sketched out…
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