Nick Broomfield : Broomfield's 8 easy steps to making The Grim Sleeper

Broomfield's 8 easy steps to making The Grim Sleeper

Broomfield's 8 easy steps to making The Grim Sleeper

1. Get a camera

2. Get a car

3. Find a local ex crack head streetwalker to run your production and fill you in on all the actual research you should've done yourself.

4. Get crack fiend to search for other fiends desperate to appear knowledgeable about the case. (Don't worry about how incoherent or tenuously linked to the case the interviewees are, this will provide most of the "content".)

5. Randomly stop anyone in the street in the vain hope that they might somehow provide some illumination. Don't worry if the random interviewees prove useless (like the cop stopped in the street) include it anyway no matter how amateurish this looks, you can always pass it off as the Broomfield charm / mystique.

6. Mention that all experts and people involved in any official capacity with the case refuse to give you the time of day. Don't worry if this makes you look like a total plum unable to get a proper film made. You can turn this to your advantage by making it seem conspiratorial forces are at work, denying you access to the truth. This is key to the Broomfield method - no matter how flimsy your material or amateurish your attempts to provide actual content - you can always pass it off as your having been somehow censured by evil forces.

7. Always try to make yourself and the film-making process the subject of the documentary. People may think they want to know about the Grim Sleeper but really they secretly yearn to see behind-the-scenes ineptitude that other film-makers leave on the cutting room floor. (This is known as the Nick "The Selfie-Stick" phenomenon.)

8. Always remember no matter how banal or irrelevant something may be always. INCLUDE IT.

Re: Broomfield's 8 easy steps to making The Grim Sleeper

Pretty spot on.
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