29 May 2010

Zaire: Shaping the Fight

From October to April I made a documentary intended to illustrate David Rathman's artistic style and the collaborative process involved in making Zaire, a short expressive animation about Muhammed Ali and his fight with George Foreman known as The Rumble in the Jungle.

Here's the original animation.

Zaire from Tom DeBiaso on Vimeo.

Here's the documentary I made about it.

Zaire: Shaping The Fight from Ethan Holbrook on Vimeo.

It was fun, long and hard and I learned a lot about what it takes to make a documentary. It's a completely different way of working. Chris Jopp shot it for me and Ned Hurley acted as assistant director and God of Editing. Basically I just sat behind Ned and pulled my hair out and shouted confusing things at him as he cut it all together, and he made it all work somehow.

OK, cool, maybe in a while I will make another documentary. Right now all I want to do is write write write and in a couple months shoot shoot shoot scripted things.

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