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Shoestring Dox, Lecture Notes, Class 01

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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 …

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