Making of The DEFCON DOcumentary

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In 2012, Jason Scott, Rachel Lovinger & a small crew filmed a documentary about the 20th year of DEFCON. Over the course of the next year Jason edited it together, and we premiered it at DEFCON 21. We also did this talk about the making of. You can watch a video of the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4VsmniMfpQ

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Making of The DEFCON DOcumentary

  1. 1. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Making of The DEFCON Documentary Jason Scott & Rachel Lovinger DEF CON 21, August 2, 2013
  2. 2. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh I. HOW IT BEGAN
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  6. 6. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh I agreed to do it, but some questions remained...
  7. 7. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> How do you film hundreds of activities, happening simultaneously over 4 days?
  8. 8. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> How do you film people who have traditionally rejected media attention?
  9. 9. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> How do you capture the spirit of DEFCON – past and present?
  10. 10. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> How do you put it all together in 6 months?
  11. 11. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh II. PLANNING
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  15. 15. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Jason’s High School Yearbook Photo [Photo taken by Rachel!]
  16. 16. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh How do you film hundreds of activities, happening simultaneously over 4 days?
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  21. 21. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh How do you film people who have traditionally rejected media attention?
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  24. 24. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh III. PRE-PRODUCTION
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  26. 26. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh Meet the crew
  27. 27. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Alex Drew Eddie Kyle Rick Steve Jason Rachel
  28. 28. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Prepping them for DEFCON • Start walking a little every day • Watch “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope” • Bring comfortable clothes and shoes • Look over the schedule from last year • Respect security and privacy concerns • Stay fueled and hydrated
  29. 29. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Eddie Codel
  30. 30. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh Meet the equipment
  31. 31. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> The Gear • 3x Canon Vixia HFG10 • 2x Canon 5D • 1x Canon 7D • 11x Kodak Playsports • 4x H4N Zoom recorders • 5x monopods • 3x tripods • 2x dual battery chargers • Power strip • USB chargers • Card readers • Hard drives • Segway
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  37. 37. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh IV. PRODUCTION
  38. 38. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh How do you capture the spirit of DEFCON – past and present?
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  43. 43. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh The crew assembles at DEFCON
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  47. 47. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> “Film School” bootcamp • Cameras DOWN near the casino • Expect the unexpected • Defer to the Goons in all things • Mid-day check-ins to recharge batteries & copy footage & audio files • Stay hydrated • Communications: TBD • Give me your receipts
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  55. 55. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh Then we started filming…
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  69. 69. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh “We can’t have you shoot from that angle. This machine violates the patriot act.”
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  71. 71. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh Frequently Asked Questions
  72. 72. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> FAQs: Pretty straight forward • Who are you working for? • When is this documentary coming out? • How will it be made available? • Will there be a feelie/challenge coin? • What if I don't want to be in it? • How much have you guys shot? • Are you guys getting any sleep? • What kind of equipment are you using?
  73. 73. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> FAQs: Let’s talk about these • If I agree to be in it, will I be embarrassed? • What kind of badge is that? Can I scan your badge? • I need help. • Who do I have to roofie to get one of those vests? • Do you want a drink? • You guys should do this every year.
  74. 74. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> If I agree to be in it, will I be embarrassed?
  75. 75. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> If I agree to be in it, will I be embarrassed?
  76. 76. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> What kind of badge is that? Can I scan your badge?
  77. 77. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> I need help.
  78. 78. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Who do I have to roofie to get one of those vests?
  79. 79. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Do you want a drink?
  80. 80. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> You guys should do this every year.
  81. 81. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh No breakage, no lost equipment, no lost footage.
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  83. 83. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh V. EDITING & FINALIZING
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  89. 89. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh How do you put it all together in 6 months? You don’t.
  90. 90. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Download at http://media.defcon.org
  91. 91. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh VI. CONCLUSIONS
  92. 92. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Documentary making is hard, DEFCON Documentary making is doubly hard
  93. 93. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> If all else fails, include a Segway
  94. 94. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Alex will always get in a shot
  95. 95. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Alex will always get in a shot
  96. 96. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Aim high with the goals, especially when nobody has tried something like this before
  97. 97. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> e f gh Ok, now who want to see some bonus footage?
  98. 98. >> 0 >> 1 >> 2 >> 3 >> 4 >> Thanks • Contact us: documentary@textfiles.com • Twitter: @defcondoc • Most images shown were shot by our crew • Additional photos from amishrabbit (Dateline reporter fleeing), vissago (various DC19 & DC20), hackerphotos.com (various DC20), Thomas Hawk (Walgreens), Nicola (drugstore)

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