Lights, Camera, Take Action!

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Describes the process for student-created documentaries.

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  • Lights, Camera, Take Action!

    1. 1. Lights, Camera, Take Action! Documentaries in the Classroom
    2. 2. Why Documentaries? Real audience, real assessment, real problems Multi-modal Critical thinking/ research
    3. 3. What is a Documentary? Deals with real life Historical or current Framed around a research question Includes broad and personal view May take a stance or explore multiple
    4. 4. Elements A Roll interviews (expert/personal) B Roll supporting footage documents still images Soundtrack narration music sound fx Titles/Transitions/Credits
    5. 5. Sample
    6. 6. What Do You Need? Camcorder Video-editing software iMovie MovieMaker Sound editing software Garage Band Audacity
    7. 7. Nice, But Not Essential Wireless lav mic Tripod Headset Scanner
    8. 8. Pre-Production Planner Research Script Storyboard Resources
    9. 9. Research Work with your librarian! Focus on primary source material Resources
    10. 10. Production Camera framing angles Lighting bounce board Sound
    11. 11. Camera Framing Rule of thirds Talking heads Shot lengths Long shot Medium shot Close-up
    12. 12. Camera Angles Eye-level Low angle High angle
    13. 13. Post- Production Record narration Edit clips Add titles/transitions Add soundtrack
    14. 14. The Biggest Headache: Copyright Paranoia vs. Free-for-all Fair Use Where will it be used? Transformative in nature?
    15. 15. Alternatives VoiceThread National Archives Tool

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