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AI for Documentary Filmmakers: Rapid Advances in the Spotlight. My Webinar with Philip Shane

Veteran Sundance award-winning filmmaker and AI expert Philip Shane highlights recent advances in CHATGPT’s capabilities and how they are contributing to the documentary production process.

His message: “Learn about AI! Your knowledge is essential to grappling with the issues of today.”

Watch here (15 min)


1:00 ChatGPT’s new text-upload and analysis feature, “Code Interpreter.”
3:00 Exploring ChatGPT’s refined ability to search through transcripts.
7:20 Pixel Labs and Runway ML are leading the video AI field.
10:00 Uploading raw data into ChatGPT for analysis and to create tables, graphs, and charts.
11:15 Synthesizing information, a sweet spot of AI.

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About Philip Shane

Philip Shane is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of experience.

He was Co-director & Editor of Being Elmo (Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival), and Producer & Editor of the two-hour feature documentary, Einstein (2008, History Channel). As Editor of Dancing in Jaffa, which had its World Premiere at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival, he and Bob Eisenhardt won the Best Editing Award at Israel’s prestigious DocAviv Film Festival. Read more at

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Recent Pact Webinars

“Linear still matters!”

That’s the theme of my series of Pact webinars with veteran programming executive Dan Salerno.

Watch Dan’s deep research on the U.S. channels’ programming strategies here:

Thanks to Pact webinar producer Aimee Shimmin and Documentary Business associate editor Caitlin Cooper.