Shoestring Dox, Lecture Notes, Class 04

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These are the lecture notes for Class 04 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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Shoestring Dox, Lecture Notes, Class 04

  1. 1. Toby Younis<br />Producer and Director<br />Videotero, LLC<br />Documentaries on a ShoestringA Course in Low Budget Field ProductionLecture Notes: Class #04<br />
  2. 2. Planning (#1)<br />Scripting (#2)<br />Collecting Content (#3)<br />Interviewing (#4)<br />Editing (#8)<br />Publishing & Repurposing (#9)<br />Film Festival (#10)<br />Documentary-Making Steps<br />3/3/2011<br />2<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  3. 3. Discuss “Iranium”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Interview Planning”<br />Discussion: Interviewing<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />3<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />3/3/2011<br /> Class #04<br />
  4. 4. 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 a prospective viewer?<br />What would you have done differently?<br />Documentary Critical Analysis<br />3/3/2011<br />4<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  5. 5. Template Review<br />3/3/2011<br />5<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment<br />This template enables you to envision your documentary. It is a form of “planning” document. Written correctly it can be used to solicit funding or underwriting for your documentary.<br />If you can’t complete it, you probably don’t have a story to tell.<br />
  6. 6. Template Review<br />Documentary Planning<br />This template enables you to build out a time-driven plan for making your documentary. <br />3/3/2011<br />6<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  7. 7. Template Introduction<br />Interview Planning Template (Multiple Pages)<br />This template enables you to plan, schedule and conduct the interviews required by the documentary.<br />7<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />3/3/2011<br />
  8. 8. Planning & Scheduling<br />Releases<br />Recording<br />Location<br />Set<br />Sound<br />Lights<br />Camera<br />Action<br />Interviewing<br />3/3/2011<br />8<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  9. 9. USE THE TEMPLATE!<br />Identify Possible Candidates<br />Get the Information You Need to Schedule<br />Schedule, Confirm and Re-confirm<br />Get Questions to Interviewee/Interviewer<br />Shoot the Interview, then Determine Whether it Was a “Rehearsal” or Not – Re-schedule if required<br />Planning & Scheduling<br />3/3/2011<br />9<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  10. 10. Get Them First!<br />Templates for<br />People: Talent (including under 18)<br />Places: Location<br />Things: Materials<br />Releases<br />3/3/2011<br />10<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  11. 11. Scout if Possible<br />Note Open Space<br />Note Possible Backgrounds<br />Note Ambient Lighting<br />Note Ambient Sound<br />Note Electrical Resources<br />Take Pictures, Make Notes (You’ll Forget)<br />Location<br />3/3/2011<br />11<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  12. 12. Setting Up an Interview<br />3/3/2011<br />12<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Step 1: Shoot Answers<br />Step 2: Shoot Questions<br />Step 3: Shoot Over the Shoulder<br />Key Light<br />Camera<br />Fill or Fill Light<br />
  13. 13. Review Lecture Notes Class #04<br />Complete the “Required Equipment and Other Resources Template” for Your Own Documentary<br />Revise your Other Planning Templates as Required<br />Link to, View, and Be Prepared to Discuss the Online Documentary “Iranium.”<br />Optional: Download and Complete a “Critical Analysis Template” for the Above Documentary<br />Homework Assignments<br />3/3/2011<br />13<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  14. 14. Discuss “Iranium”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Interviewing<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />14<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />3/3/2011<br /> Class #04<br />

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