DV: Individual Filmmaking

Wu Wenguang and Cathryn Clayton

in The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028528
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207202 | DOI:
DV: Individual                             Filmmaking

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When the mini DV camera was introduced in about 1997, both the New Documentary Movement and its low-cost style received a further boost. The impact of the mini DV was remarkable. First, it changed the mode of filmmaking. The small camera made one-person filmmaking possible. In his chapter, translated for this volume, Wu Wenguang himself celebrates his experience of the DV camera as a personal transformation and even a salvation. This is not because of the technical properties of DV, but because he feels it enables him to break through the barrier between the filmmaker and their subjects, creating a communal experience rather than a hierarchical one. Meanwhile, the alternative appropriation of DV in the People's Republic should alert one to the fact that DV has no single essence, but already means different things in different places according to local circumstances.

Keywords: documentary filmmaking; DV camera; New Documentary Movement; Wu Wenguang; China

Chapter.  2967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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