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Feb 12

Oscars Recap: Undefeated Wins Documentary Feature

You can film your own documentary using a top rated digital camera.

The winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Undefeated, was shot using hand-held cameras without much technical equipment or many crew members. T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay, who directed, filmed, and edited the movie, spent 9 months on site in North Memphis shooting over 500 hours of footage. This allowed them to be flies on the wall and capture a true experience.

The film follows the 2009 season of the Manassas High School football team — which has never won a playoff game and is part of a majorly underfunded and underperforming school district — and the volunteer coach who helps them succeed athletically, academically, and personally. Although that synopsis sounds like so many other “sports movies,” Undefeated is able to capture more of a real, uncensored story. It focuses on the personal stories of the coach and three of the players, although it does also follow the team as a whole.

Dan Lindsay says that their low-impact filming style allowed them to get closer to their subjects. “I think the size of our cameras and the fact that we didn’t have a boom operator, a sound mixer, and all of those other crew members…we just became part of the team,” he explains in an interview with Complex.

Make your own documentary films, using these top rated digital cameras and digital camcorders. With high definition video recording and features like optical image stabilization (to correct for hand shakiness), and optical zoom (to get in close on the action), you can capture quality movies.

Amateur filmmakers and experienced movie-makers alike, what is your favorite top rated digital camera to use?

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