PROJECT 3: DOCUMENTARY SHORT

 Black Hair Magic, 2017

Black Hair Magic, 2017

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION

Produce a documentary short between 3-7 minutes using a topic of your choice. What do you care about? What type of films are you not seeing on television? Who do you represent? The documentary can be abstract or built on interviews/records - be experimental.

EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS

  • Project length: 3-7 min.
  • Rough Cut: Due Wednesday, May 9
  • Final Cut: Due Wednesday, May 16
  • Group work is advised

FILE SUBMISSION

180509_project3_sp18_firstname_lastname.mp4

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WHAT IS A DOCUMENTARY SHORT?

A mini documentary is a great way to share your story if you don’t have the time or budget (or need) for a full length feature documentary.

The length of a mini documentary might be anywhere from 2-25 minutes. A mini-documentary might also be referred to as a short film or mini-doc.

Mini-documentaries are a fantastic way to get a message or story across in a limited amount of time. A common way that mini documentaries are used is to share the story/mission of a non-profit organization or business.

CAINE'S ARCADE - FIND A STORY (PERSON, PLACE OR THING) THAT MATTERS TO YOU

 

PERSON - ANDROGYNE + LA DOBLA VIDA

 

PLACE - MOTHERLANDS + PLAN A PLAN B

 

THING - GAN GAN + BLACK HAIR MAGIC

 
 
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START HERE.

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC

Do research on a topic of your choice. Look for information, resources, people to interview and permissions if necessary.

Write a one-page description (Writing Assignment 8) of your project, make sure to include:

  1. Topic / Subject

  2. Possible Location(s)

  3. General description of shots, idea, production goals.

  4. Storyboard or shot list

  5. Support materials (images, videos, drawings)

 
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STEP 2: PRE-PRODUCTION

  1. Dates for filming / Schedule

  2. Possible crew

  3. Permits / clearance on locations

  4. Equipment / Tools / Materials

It is the responsibility of the student to recruit a team and crew positions as needed. Make sure to collect the contacts for everyone in your crew so that you can send updates on schedules, call times, etc. Consider which equipment needed for the shoot, create a schedule and reserve equipment as needed.

 
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STEP 3: PRODUCTION

  1. Equipment

  2. Team

  3. Shotlist

  4. Shoot

Check your camera settings and prepare your camera: Format SD, resolution, FPS, white balance, ISO, etc. During the production of your film, work from a shot list or storyboard, and do your best to stay organized so that you can complete your shots quickly and efficiently. Whether you are working in a team, or alone, give yourself the opportunity to shoot and review your footage. Give yourself some choices by varying shots, record more than you need, so you have flexibility with editing and don’t need to reshoot.

 

 
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STEP 4: POST PRODUCTION + REVIEW

  1. Upload / Organize your audio and video

  2. General edit (add clips, add audio, cut and paste clips)

  3. Refine edit (add transitions, color management, etc.)

Upload, organize and re-label all the media you create to your hard drive. Create a project folder > Media Folder > and separate folders for different types of media. Start a new project in Premiere Pro, upload your media to your Project Bin, organize and rename as needed. You are ready to create a new sequence and start piecing together your film, save details like transitions, audio corrections and color management towards the end for a more efficient workflow.

 
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STEP 5: SAVE + EMAIL

Export to screening station

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