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  1. 1. National History Day Contest
  2. 2. <ul><li>Pre-Production </li></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Production </li></ul>
  3. 3. PRE-PRODUCTION
  4. 4. <ul><li>Choose Wisely </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good visuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Source Availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow Focus </li></ul></ul>Story Selection
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD” </li></ul><ul><li>Way too broad </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a piece of history </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ THE FIRST PHOENIX </li></ul><ul><li>STREET CARS” </li></ul><ul><li>A better, more manageable choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good visuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary sources </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Get to know your story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is it significant? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What visuals are available? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will make the best interviews? </li></ul></ul>Research
  8. 8. PRODUCTION
  9. 9. <ul><li>Choose a good location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quiet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate lighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interview in a barnyard may not fit a story about street cars. </li></ul></ul></ul>Interviews
  10. 10. <ul><li>Shoot additional video </li></ul><ul><li>Gather images (photos & film) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get permission to go on property and use images. </li></ul></ul>Visual Elements
  11. 11. POST-PRODUCTION <ul><li>Log Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Write Script </li></ul><ul><li>Edit story </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>PAINFUL CHOICES </li></ul>Get Ready for…
  13. 13. <ul><li>Don’t Cram It All In </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write to video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not too wordy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell a Story </li></ul></ul>Script Writing
  14. 14. <ul><li>Tell a Story (Be Creative) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grab the viewer’s attention from the start. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use an amazing fact, interesting thought or good sound bite </li></ul></ul></ul>Script Writing
  15. 15. <ul><li>Tell a Story. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t just list events, tell your viewer how those events affect people’s lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start strong & end strong. </li></ul></ul>Script Writing
  16. 16. <ul><li>A chronological story doesn’t have to be told in chronological order </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A story about Phoenix streetcar history might start with the city’s new light rail. </li></ul></ul>Script Writing
  17. 17. <ul><li>Special effects, graphics, text and music should be content appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. </li></ul>Editing
  18. 18. <ul><li>Enjoy the creative pleasure. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t avoid the pain… </li></ul>EDITING
  19. 19. If your story is too long… too confusing… too much… EDIT, EDIT, EDIT CUT, CUT, CUT

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