intro to documentary production
I thought Mistaken for Strangers was a really cool and unique take on documentary filmmaking. It started off as an idea to do a documentary about The National on tour, but it changed into a story about Tom making the documentary as well. I appreciated Tom's realness in both the film and in person. He talked about the honest emotions in the film and how he felt he was influenced by depressive episodes when making it. As someone with similar mental illnesses, it meant a lot to me to hear from someone in the same field who's been able to make it work for him. He also talked about how they had I think four additional editors who helped find the story. That really spoke to me because sometimes you do just have to step back from your work and get a new set of eyes. For me, that has always been really hard because I get anxious if I don't feel like I'm in control of the project. Overall, I appreciated the opportunity to see the film and talk to Tom. Even though I'm not familiar with the band, I enjoyed it a lot and think that reflecting on moments in it will help me improve my own documentary filmmaking.