Shoestring Dox, Lecture Notes, Class 02

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These are the lecture notes for Class 02 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 02

  1. 1. Toby Younis<br />Producer and Director<br />Videotero, LLC<br />Documentaries on a ShoestringA Course in Low Budget Field ProductionLecture Notes: Class #02<br />
  2. 2. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />2<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  3. 3. 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 />2/17/2011<br />3<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />LINK<br />
  4. 4. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />4<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  5. 5. Planning (#1)<br />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 />2/17/2011<br />5<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  6. 6. Template Review<br />2/17/2011<br />6<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 />
  7. 7. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />7<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  8. 8. Template Review<br />Documentary Planning<br />This template enables you to build out a time-driven plan for making your documentary. <br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />9<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  10. 10. Story: It’s a Journey!<br />2/17/2011<br />10<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Middle<br />50-70%<br />Builds the Case<br />End<br />15-25%<br />Living with the Result<br />Beginning<br />15-25%<br />Establishes the Foundation<br />
  11. 11. Story<br />2/17/2011<br />11<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Middle<br />50-70%<br />Builds the Case<br />End<br />15-25%<br />Living with the Result<br />Beginning<br />15-25%<br />Establishes the Foundation<br />This segment should establish a foundation for telling the rest of the story. What is the subject matter? Who are the characters? What “journey” are you going to take your audience on? How will you make the transition to the Middle Segment?<br />This is the main part of your story. Every scene must add to the story line. In this segment, you take your audience on your journey you promised in the Beginning Segment. You also have to END the Middle Segment in a way that enables you to transition to the Ending Segment.<br />This segment closes your story with some form of resolution. It brings the journey to a LOGICAL end. You should end the story with either a positive (happy) or negative (sad) result.<br />
  12. 12. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />12<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  13. 13. 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 />2/17/2011<br />13<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  14. 14. Loose ScriptMichael Moore Model<br />2/17/2011<br />14<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />
  15. 15. Loose ScriptMichael Moore Model<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Interview<br />Connector<br />Connector<br />Interview<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Interview<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Loose ScriptMichael Moore Model<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Interview<br />Connector<br />Connector<br />Interview<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Interview<br />Scripted<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Loose ScriptMichael Moore Model<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Interview<br />Connector<br />Connector<br />Interview<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Interview<br />Scripted<br />Questions<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Tight ScriptKen Burns Model<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Script<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Scripted<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Hybrid Script<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Tight<br />Script<br />Connector<br />Connector<br />Tight Script<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Loose<br />Script<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Your Documentary for this CourseLoose Script: Michael Moore Model<br />Middle<br />Ending<br />Beginning<br />Titles<br />Intro<br />Interview<br />Connector<br />Connector<br />Interview<br />Outro<br />Credits<br />Interview<br />Scripted<br />Questions<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />21<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  22. 22. Planning (#1)<br />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 />2/17/2011<br />22<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  23. 23. Template Introduction<br />2/17/2011<br />23<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Documentary Script Outlining Template<br />This template enables you to start telling your story. Make as many copies of the second page as you need to outline your documentary.<br />Draft the first try as quickly as possible, then go back to add depth and texture.<br />
  24. 24. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />24<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />
  25. 25. Review Lecture Notes Class #02<br />Download and Complete the “Script Outlining Template” for Your Own Documentary<br />Revise your Planning Templates as Required<br />Link to, View, and Be Prepared to Discuss the Online Documentary “HOME.”<br />Optional: Download and Complete a “Critical Analysis Template” for the Above Documentary<br />Homework Assignments<br />2/17/2011<br />25<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  26. 26. Discuss “Influencers”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review:“Documentary Planning”<br />Discussion: Story<br />Discussion: Structure and Scripting<br />Template Introduction:Script Outline<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />26<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/17/2011<br />Class #02<br />

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