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Shoestring Dox, Lecture Notes, Class 03

  1. 1. Toby Younis<br />Producer and Director<br />Videotero, LLC<br />Documentaries on a ShoestringA Course in Low Budget Field ProductionLecture Notes: Class #03<br />
  2. 2. Planning (#1)<br />Scripting (#2)<br />Collecting Content (#3)<br />Editing (#8)<br />Publishing & Repurposing (#9)<br />Film Festival (#10)<br />Documentary-Making Steps<br />2/24/2011<br />2<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  3. 3. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<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 />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<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 />2/24/2011<br />4<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  5. 5. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />5<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  6. 6. Template Review<br />2/24/2011<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. Template Review<br />Documentary Planning<br />This template enables you to build out a time-driven plan for making your documentary. <br />2/24/2011<br />7<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  8. 8. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />8<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  9. 9. Template Introduction<br />Required Equipment and Other Resources<br />This template enables you to plan your resource requirements for each shooting day, scene, and/or setting for your documentary.<br />9<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br />
  10. 10. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />10<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  11. 11. Editing Layers<br />2/24/2011<br />11<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  12. 12. Panning – Think “No”<br />Tilting – Think “Yes”<br />Craning – Think “Up an’ Down”<br />Zooming – Think “In an Out”<br />Tracking – Moving With/Around the Action<br />Camera Movement<br />2/24/2011<br />12<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  13. 13. Video<br />Outside<br />Start with Wide Angle and Narrow it Down - Progressively<br />Zoom from Wide to Narrow then Reverse<br />Pan from Right to Left then Reverse<br />Action or Activities<br />Inside <br />Start with Wide Angle and Narrow it Down - Progressively<br />Zoom from Wide to Narrow then Reverse<br />Pan from Right to Left then Reverse<br />Action or Activities<br />Audio – Collect at Least 60 Seconds of Silence/Ambient<br />Still Images<br />As Many as You Have Time For<br />Documents<br />Collecting Content: Setting<br />2/24/2011<br />13<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  14. 14. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<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 />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  15. 15. Lights and Light Modifiers<br />Tripod<br />Camera<br />Video<br />Still<br />Microphones<br />Other Equipment<br />Equipment<br />2/24/2011<br />15<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  16. 16. Quartz Halogen<br />Minimum: 1<br />Optimum: 4<br />Maximum: You Can Never Have Enough<br />500 Watts or More per Light<br />Light Softener<br />Avoid On Camera Lights<br />Low Wattage<br />Batteries<br />Unflattering <br />SPARE BULBS<br />Lights and Light Modifiers<br />2/24/2011<br />16<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  17. 17. Avoid Handheld Shots (AMAP)<br />Made for Video<br />Heavy, but Light<br />Fluid Head for Smooth Panning and Tilting<br />Bubble Level<br />Options<br />Made for Photo – No Panning or Tilting<br />Monopod<br />Bean Bag – Shooter’s Supply Store<br />Tripods <br />2/24/2011<br />17<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  18. 18. Avoid Tape – Go to Solid State or Disk<br />Shoots HD<br />16:9 Frame<br />Minimum 720x406<br />12 Megapixels or 3CCD or 3MOS<br />External Microphone Socket<br />Headphones Socket<br />At Least 10x Zoom<br />Optional Full Manual Control<br />Camera - Video<br />2/24/2011<br />18<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  19. 19. Digital<br />Solid State<br />Single Lens Reflex (SLR)<br />Capable of Shooting 16:9 Format<br />4mp +<br />At Least 10x Zoom<br />Tripod Socket<br />Self Timer<br />Optional: HD Video Capable<br />Optional: Small Tripod<br />Camera - Still<br />2/24/2011<br />19<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  20. 20. Connection<br />Wired<br />Wireless<br />Position<br />Handheld<br />Lavaliere<br />Shotgun<br />Boom<br />Audio Pattern<br />Type<br />Condenser – Sensitive and Expensive <br />Dynamic – Rugged and Inexpensive<br />Microphones<br />2/24/2011<br />20<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />Omnidirectional<br />Cardiod<br />Shotgun<br />
  21. 21. Power Supplies<br />Extension Cables<br />Surge Protectors<br />Gaffer’s Tape<br />Clapboard<br />Background Materials and Stand<br />Wire Tie Wraps<br />Multi Tool<br />Other Equipment<br />2/24/2011<br />21<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  22. 22. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />22<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  23. 23. Setting Up an Interview<br />2/24/2011<br />23<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 />Fill or Fill Light<br />
  24. 24. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />24<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />
  25. 25. Review Lecture Notes Class #03<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 />2/24/2011<br />25<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />
  26. 26. Discuss “Home”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Title, Logline and Treatment”<br />Template Review: “Documentary Planning”<br />Template Introduction: “Required Equipment and Other Resources”<br />Discussion: Collecting Content<br />Discussion: Equipment<br />Discussion: Setting Up an Interview<br />Discussion: Homework Assignments<br />Open Q & A<br />26<br />Documentaries on a Shoestring. Copyright © 2011. Videotero, LLC. All Rights Reserved.<br />2/24/2011<br /> Class #03<br />

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