Toby Younis<br />Producer and Director<br />Videotero, LLC<br />Documentaries on a ShoestringA Course in Low Budget Field ...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
Videotero, LLC – Produce Audio/Video Content<br />DVDs<br />Online<br />Broad or Narrowcast<br />Also: Write, Do Sets, Lig...
Storytelling<br />Making Your Own Documentary<br />Field (vs Studio) Production<br />How to Work With Limited Resources<br...
A Notebook or Journal<br />A Camera…Something to Collect Still/Video Content<br />A Microphone…Something to Collect Audio ...
Each Class’ Lecture Notes (After the Class)<br />Links and Templates Referred to in Lecture (Organized by Class)<br />Link...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
Documentary of an Icon and an Exhibit<br />Produced for the Spanish Colonial Art Society and The Museum of Spanish Colonia...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
What/Who is the story about?<br />Who was the intended audience?<br />What was the objective of the documentary?<br />How ...
5 Minute Break<br />11<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/1...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
Subject Matter<br />Story<br />Setting<br />Structure<br />Style<br />Technique<br />Documentary Categories<br />13<br />D...
Art<br />Biography<br />Business<br />Comedy<br />Crime & Conspiracy<br />Culture<br />Family<br />Health & Medicine<br />...
Art<br />Biography<br />Business<br />Comedy<br />Crime & Conspiracy<br />Culture<br />Family<br />Health & Medicine<br />...
Things
Events</li></ul>15<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/20...
Beginning (15-25%)<br />Establishing the Foundation<br />Middle (50-70%)<br />Building the Case<br />End (15-25%)<br />Liv...
Loose Script: Interviews and Connectors<br />Write Outline<br />Collect Content to Support Outline<br />Write Script (Intr...
Location(s)<br />Enclosed Space(s)<br />Time(s)<br />Lighting (Natural and Artificial)<br />Ambient Sound<br />Characters<...
Rational (Logical)<br />Thinking Documentaries<br />Sentient (Emotional)<br />Feeling Documentaries<br />Hybrid<br />Style...
Camera & Lens<br />Choice<br />Placement<br />Recording<br />Video-like<br />Contemporary<br />Archaic<br />Film-like<br /...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
Scripting (#2)<br />Collecting Content (#3)<br />Interviewing (#4)<br />Lights & Sound (#5)<br />B-Roll (#6)<br />Voiceove...
Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark...
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These are the lecture notes for Class 01 of "Documentaries on a Shoestring (A Course in Low Budget Field Production)" conducted by documentary video maker Toby Younis in Albuquerque, NM. For more information and to download the course syllabus, please go to http://www.shoestringdox.com

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  1. 1. Toby Younis<br />Producer and Director<br />Videotero, LLC<br />Documentaries on a ShoestringA Course in Low Budget Field ProductionLecture Notes: Class #1<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />2<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  3. 3. Videotero, LLC – Produce Audio/Video Content<br />DVDs<br />Online<br />Broad or Narrowcast<br />Also: Write, Do Sets, Lights, Audio, Camera, Direct, Edit, Publish<br />Most Recent Documentary: “Threads of Devotion: The Wardrobe of La Conquistadora”<br />Current Programs on ABQEncantada Ch 27 and SFCTV Ch 16<br />New Mexican Santera (Wednesdays at 900pm)<br />New Mexican Tinsmith (Wednesdays at 930pm<br />New Program in March: “Spanish Colonial Art and Artists”<br />Hosted by Carla Aragon<br />Sponsored by Spanish Colonial Art Society<br />Underwritten by Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce<br />Current Field Kit Valued at Less than $5000 (New)<br />Toby Younis <br />3<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />
  4. 4. Storytelling<br />Making Your Own Documentary<br />Field (vs Studio) Production<br />How to Work With Limited Resources<br />Time<br />Money<br />Crew<br />Equipment<br />Learning the Steps<br />Inspiration <br />What This Course is About <br />4<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />
  5. 5. A Notebook or Journal<br />A Camera…Something to Collect Still/Video Content<br />A Microphone…Something to Collect Audio Content<br />A Light or Two<br />Editing Platform <br />Hardware<br />Software<br />5<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Eventually, You’ll Need <br />
  6. 6. Each Class’ Lecture Notes (After the Class)<br />Links and Templates Referred to in Lecture (Organized by Class)<br />Links to the ShoestringDox Twitter and Facebook Pages<br />Contact Information<br />Downloadable Documents, e.g.,<br />Syllabus<br />List of Documentary Related Links<br />6<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />ShoestringDox.com<br />
  7. 7. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />7<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  8. 8. Documentary of an Icon and an Exhibit<br />Produced for the Spanish Colonial Art Society and The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art<br />Produced in 30 Days from Agreement to DVD<br />2010 DVD Sales: $4,200<br />30 Minutes + 15 Minutes in Archival Material<br />Lead to Underwritten Program: “Spanish Colonial Art & Artists” <br />Budget: $0.00 - Crew: 1 Full Time, 2 Part Time<br />Threads of Devotion:The Wardrobe of La Conquistadora<br />2/11/2011<br />8<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  9. 9. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />9<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  10. 10. What/Who is the story about?<br />Who was the intended audience?<br />What was the objective of the documentary?<br />How well did it achieve its objective?<br />How did the documentary make you feel?<br />What would you say to someone who was planning to see the documentary?<br />What would you have done differently?<br />Documentary Critical Analysis<br />2/11/2011<br />10<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  11. 11. 5 Minute Break<br />11<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />
  12. 12. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />12<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  13. 13. Subject Matter<br />Story<br />Setting<br />Structure<br />Style<br />Technique<br />Documentary Categories<br />13<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />
  14. 14. Art<br />Biography<br />Business<br />Comedy<br />Crime & Conspiracy<br />Culture<br />Family<br />Health & Medicine<br />History<br />Military & War<br />Music<br />Nature & Wildlife<br />Politics<br />Personal<br />Religions<br />Science & Technology<br />Sports<br />Subject Matter<br />2/11/2011<br />14<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  15. 15. Art<br />Biography<br />Business<br />Comedy<br />Crime & Conspiracy<br />Culture<br />Family<br />Health & Medicine<br />History<br />Military & War<br />Music<br />Nature & Wildlife<br />Politics<br />Personal<br />Religions<br />Science & Technology<br />Sports<br />Subject Matter<br /><ul><li>People
  16. 16. Things
  17. 17. Events</li></ul>15<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />
  18. 18. Beginning (15-25%)<br />Establishing the Foundation<br />Middle (50-70%)<br />Building the Case<br />End (15-25%)<br />Living with the Result<br />Story<br />2/11/2011<br />16<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  19. 19. Loose Script: Interviews and Connectors<br />Write Outline<br />Collect Content to Support Outline<br />Write Script (Intro, Connectors, Outro)<br />e.g., Michael Moore<br />Tight Script: Audio Visual Presentation<br />Write Script<br />Collect Content to Support the Script<br />e.g., Ken Burns<br />Hybrid: Combination of the Two<br />Structure<br />2/11/2011<br />17<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  20. 20. Location(s)<br />Enclosed Space(s)<br />Time(s)<br />Lighting (Natural and Artificial)<br />Ambient Sound<br />Characters<br />Setting (Macro and Micro)<br />2/11/2011<br />18<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Rational or Logical Choices<br />(Thinking)<br />
  21. 21. Rational (Logical)<br />Thinking Documentaries<br />Sentient (Emotional)<br />Feeling Documentaries<br />Hybrid<br />Style<br />2/11/2011<br />19<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  22. 22. Camera & Lens<br />Choice<br />Placement<br />Recording<br />Video-like<br />Contemporary<br />Archaic<br />Film-like<br />Frame<br />Shutter & Aperture<br />Light <br />Sound<br />Direction, Action & Behavior<br />Technique<br />2/11/2011<br />20<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Sentient or Emotional Choices<br />(Feeling)<br />
  23. 23. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />21<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  24. 24. Scripting (#2)<br />Collecting Content (#3)<br />Interviewing (#4)<br />Lights & Sound (#5)<br />B-Roll (#6)<br />Voiceover (#7)<br />Editing (#8)<br />Publishing & Repurposing (#9)<br />Film Festival (#10)<br />Documentary-Making Steps<br />2/11/2011<br />22<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />(#6)<br />
  25. 25. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />23<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
  26. 26. Refer to ShoestringDox.com – Class 1 Tab<br />Download and Review “Lecture Notes: Class 1”<br />Download and Complete the “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment Template” for Your Own Documentary<br />Download and Complete the “Documentary Planning Template” for Your Own Documentary<br />Link to, View, and Be Prepared to Discuss the Online Documentary “Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious”<br />Optional: Download and Complete a “Critical Analysis Template” for the Above Documentary<br />Homework Assignments<br />2/11/2011<br />24<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  27. 27. Introduction<br />Viewing: Shoestring Documentary<br />Discussion: Critical Analysis<br />Take a Break at the Halfway Mark<br />Discussion: Categories of Documentary<br />Discussion: Documentary-Making Steps<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments & Templates<br />Open Q & A<br />25<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/11/2011<br />Tonight’s Class #1<br />
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