Documentary filmmaking can be an addictive and challenging effort, but that’s all the more reason to get involved, says Noe Mendelle, director of the Scottish Documentary Institute.
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I arrived at the offices of the SDI, hidden away in the Edinburgh College of Art, on Friday evening at 5pm. The Institute consists of an office densely packed with desks, workstations, hard drives, shelving stacked with tapes, walls plastered with posters about documentary, filmmaking equipment… and Flore and Martha (only two of the staff were there that evening).
While I waited for Noe, I chatted with Martha and Flore, and listened (jealous!) to their discussions about documentary events they were planning to attend – or not. Sitting at home on the sofa cutting corporate web videos may pay the bills, but it lacks the ‘glamour’ of the documentary way of life.
I say ‘way of life’, because that’s the impression Noe left me with after our interview. She’s passionate about the form, about telling stories and about developing Scottish documentary talent.
The interview is split into two parts: In Part 1, here, Noe explains the background to the SDI, what it does and how it nurtures Scottish filmmaking talent. In Part 2, to be published in the coming weeks, Noe talks in more depth about documentary as a form of filmmaking.
If you’ve never looked at the SDI website, you should. Check it out: www.scottishdocinstitute.com
There are lots of resources there and the masterclasses are particularly interesting.
Also, check out the SDI’s Vimeo channel at http://vimeo.com/scottishdocinstitute where you’ll find lots of trailers to the documentary films which have made it into the Bridging the Gap initiative over the years.