Students will learn the art of documentary making by profiling a significant person, event or site in our community. If you want to master your documentary skills, you could apply to attend Doc Camp.
Pre-Production (week 1)
Introduction to documentary style
Watch Documentary Films, such as Spellbound
Establish topic and interview candidate – your person must be “authoritative”, someone of interest.
Production (week 2,3)
Prepare questions and set up interview
Conduct interview – use two cameras for a variety of angles and make sure you use a quiet location, away from windows! Don’t forget to get a signed release form!
Shoot locations drawn from interview and collect file images to illustrate topics
Post Production (week 4,5)
Edit to exactly 4 minutes in length.
Titles and transitions
Soundtrack with appropriate ducking – the interview MUST be heard!
Voiceover, if required. However, a good idea to have the person interviewed over footage of what they do, day to day.
Written work: release forms, production schedule and transcript of answers to the interview
VIDEO: Camera work, Location choices, Historical context, Editing, Image quality, Audio quality, Interview content, Interview Tech, Soundtrack, Overall quality
WRITTEN: Use of time, Transcript, Production Schedule, Release forms