Nocumentary (NOt a doCumentary) uses classic documentary style photography and visuals without narration. The film explores the juxtaposition of images, sound and video, and each viewer of the film experiences a different story based on what they perceive to be happening.

  • Thaddeus Cooper
  • Thaddeus Cooper
  • Thaddeus Cooper
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Thaddeus Cooper

Thaddeus Cooper attended The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Theatre and Film, learning the ins and outs of set, sound and lighting design. and worked in technical theatre productions on the East Coast for a number of years. Mr. Cooper continued his studies in camera operation and historical documentary production at Maine Media. He ran a boutique multi-media company, and has worked as a production sound mixer in Los Angeles. More recently, he has turned his attention to historical documentary and short form productions. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats.

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Director Statement

I wanted to bring a unique vision to the screen with Nocumentary. I was inspired by the pioneering work of Sergei Eisenstein, the father of modern editing. Eisenstein juxtaposed two images in an early film: one of the Kremlin in Moscow; and the other the White House in Washington, DC. Viewers of the film in Russia thought that the White House was in Moscow as a result of the editing. I wondered what would happen if I juxtaposed multiple unrelated images in a short film, Nocumentary is composed using classic documentary shots, archival still material, with an evocative soundscape in place of the narration, inviting people to fill in the meaning of the story as they participate as active viewers of the film.