We love making-of features, anything that gives us an insight into film production, from scriptwriting all the way through the post-production; we love analysing film and watching/listening to other people’s analysis. Luckily for us and other filmmakers is the sheer volume of video content that caters for this, and we consume a lot. Here are our five picks of the greatest feature length documentaries on the process and analysis of film.

LOST IN LA MANCHA

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This BAFTA nominated documentary started its life with the intention of being a DVD extra making-of for Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; but with the production collapsing in on itself, this became a film in its own right, an incredible and insightful look at this extraordinary event. More fascinating than useful, but either way, it’s just a fantastic documentary.

Buy it here!


THE HAMSTER FACTOR

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In probably what is the best ‘extra’ on a DVD there is, this making-of documentary of Twelve Monkeys is an absolute essential film for creatives of all kind. An uncompromising work is the greatest insight of the work of an artist and the full process of filmmaking. Absolutely vital viewing for filmmakers.

Watch it for free here!


HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKERS APOCALYPSE

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Like Hamster Factor this is absolutely essential viewing for all filmmakers, no exception; particularly if you don’t have much experience in feature production. To see the craziness of a film set, but not just any, the set of a true cinema classic by one of the greatest directors that’s ever lived, we’re very lucky to have this.

Buy it here!


MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICHOLAS WINDING REFN

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Directed by his wife over the course of making Only God Forgives, all the way up to its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. This is a slightly different take on the genre, rather than just the process of filmmaking, it combines this with the personal and emotional journey of the director – balancing family and the personal, with the professional life, working alongside Hollywood superstars and meddling producers.

Buy it here!


THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY

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Cousins’ passion for cinema is infectious and he clearly and concisely (despite the length) puts the true timeline of film history (not Hollywood dominated) together with a simple presentation style, effectively dominated by clips of the films he is discussing. It made me appreciate the importance of some old favourites as well as opening my eyes to a wealth of cinematic genius that I either hadn’t heard of or had previously passed by. It’s an absolute joy to watch for a film lover and I actually think it’s one of the greatest documentaries I’ve ever seen.

Buy it here!

Read Blueprint: Review’s review here!

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