Paying your Subjects and other Notes on Morals, Ethics, and Aesthetics in Documentary Filmmaking in the Developing World

by Peter D. Marshall

by Ricardo Gaona.


Nonfiction filmmaking is hard work. There are the technical aspects, of course, and (especially right now) the financial concerns that can make you lose your mind a little bit.

In the case of our film, Parque Central (now funding on Kickstarter!), which follows children who work in a park in Antigua Guatemala, there’s an extra level of stress that comes with the questions of ethics and representation.

I’ve got some tips that this experience has taught me that might help guide you through tricky waters on your own projects.

Read the rest of this article from Filmmaker Magazine.

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