Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Kirsten Johnson On Being a ‘Cameraperson’ (Episode 4)

Johnson shares her insights from 25 years as a nonfiction cinematographer and how those experiences led to her new memoir "Cameraperson."

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson

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From Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” to Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” Kirsten Johnson has shot some of the best documentaries that have ever been made. She recently stopped by IndieWire to share what she’s learned from 25 years behind the camera, covering everything from where to stand, the importance of sound and the limitations and freedom of being both the director and cinematographer.

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Johnson also reflects on a life spent traveling the world filming and what led her to make her own documentary feature “Cameraperson,” which IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called, “a transcendent documentary experience. Truly original. There’s never been a memoir quite like this one.”

Listen to the entire episode above. 

The Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Previous episodes include: Ira Sachs on writing “Little Men,” Web Series 101, and “Kate Plays Christine” director Robert Greene on cinematic nonfiction.

You can check out the rest IndieWire’s podcasts in iTunes.

The music used in this podcast is from the “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” score, courtesy of composer Nathan Halpern.

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