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Simple pointers for making documentaries.

Simple pointers for making documentaries.

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    Making Documentaries Making Documentaries Presentation Transcript

    • Making Documentaries
      Just an introduction, nothing scary
      Wed, 2 June 2010
    • What Is A Documentary?
      A story
      A package of facts and information
      Non-fiction (?)
      Truth (?)
    • Styles
      Narrative
      Cinema-verite (Fly on the wall)
      Talking heads (Interviews)
      Examples
      How To Report The News
      The Impossible Project
      You See Me Laughin’
      September
      Kogi BBQ
    • Camera
      Framing
      Intent
      Steady VS Handheld
      Foreground / Background
      Establishing Shots & Cutaways (CAW)
      Long Shot
      Mid Shot
      Close Up
      Rule of thirds
      Head room
    • Camera pt.2 (dreary.. Blerg. Unless you’re a geek)
      Technical Specifications
      Formats (Tape / Memory (.avi, .mov, .mp4, etc..)
      Aspect Ratio (4:3 or 16:9)
      Outputs (USB / Firewire / Docking Station)
      Headphones (Y/N)
      Mic Attachments (Y/N)
      Lights
      Batteries
    • Audio
      Interview tips:
      Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
      Make your subject feel comfortable, they might open up more
      Ask open ended questions (Not something they can answer with Yes or No)
      Pay attention to your subject, if something interesting is said, get it on tape!
      Golden Rule: People are afraid of the camera
    • Audio Technicalities
      Microphones (Always recommended)
      Wind / Background noise
      Synching + logging with visuals (Advanced)
    • Editing / Post Production
      Software (WMM, iMovie, FCE/FCP, Premeire)
      Subtitles + Text
      Voiceovers
      Music
      Transitions
      Export
      For Internet, TV, Cinema.. Etc
      Codecs (H264)
    • Planning
      “There is a muse that visits creative people, and you plan and prepare so that you are ready if she chooses to visit.”
      - me
      Get your team on the same page (Iron sharpens iron) ie. Scripts, synopsis, treatments
      Prepare your equipment, and have a checklist, always check, don’t lose anything
      No $$$, no film. Budget. Budget. Budget.
      Have a shotlist (A list of shots you need to get)
    • Video Bibliography
      Kogi Food BBQ
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9nIDbonkZM&feature=related
      How To Report The News
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHun58mz3vI
      You See Me Laughin’
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bjx5BjTICQ
      September
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7bEt_mS07o
      The Impossible Project
      http://monocle.com/sections/business/Web-Articles/The-Impossible-Project/
    • fin.
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