Why Develop a Rapport?
In my last post, I mentioned being able to develop a rapport with the New Xade community. What does that mean? What does it look like? And why is it so important?
Imagine someone – a foreigner speaking a foreign language no less – shows up at your home with a giant camera and says he wants to make a documentary film about you. For the next nine months, he wants to follow your every move, from waking up in the morning to battling your way through a workday.
You’d probably show him the door.
And even if you didn’t, would you be honest with him about your feelings?
Developing a rapport, or trust, with the subjects of your film is probably the most important thing a documentary filmmaker can do, especially when making a character-driven film. Otherwise, you’ll end up with stale footage that fails to delve below the surface. Intimate access and genuine moments differentiate a mediocre film from an amazing one that does your characters justice.
Sometimes developing a rapport can be easy, especially when working with a familiar community. Other times, it can be extremely challenging.
New Xade falls under the latter category. For decades, the community has —> Read More Here