High School Senior Project!
Posted 13 October 2005 - 02:08 PM
Posted 13 October 2005 - 05:12 PM
First - ask yourself why? Why do you want to comment on this particular theme. Hate and discrimination are bad. We all get that.
Second - What can you do with your documentary to tell us something we don?t already know? Do you have an interesting take on this subject? Do you know someone who has been injured or damaged? Do you want to tell that persons story, or do you just want to make a general comment?
Next, watch documentaries. Try different themes and different styles. As you watch jot down ideas - anything that pops into your head. Talk to people about your theme - find out what interests them, what they would like to see explored.
Then take all the notes you?ve put together and get to work. Sometimes shooting interviews will dictate where you go next. Sometimes you will have a strong POV you want to prove. If you?re doing a documentary of clips, you?ll need to research news clips.
BTW - the way you get clips from news sources is to ask. Most organizations have department set up to research and pull the clips you want. Doing it as a school project, they may even wave all fees. But you gotta ask.
Once you start consolidating your point of views and what interests people about your subject it will slowly begin to take shape.
Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:48 PM
good luck with your project. It sounds like a worthy undertaking. Hope all goes well
Posted 14 October 2005 - 05:14 AM
Try to have a ''spine'' of ideas and what needs to be shoot so this ideas will get stronger with the image.
Sometimes u can have the material first and then add some voice over comments or super imposes of texts after.
You have a target, wich is good, and what u need is a schedule of what u should film, and it doesn't matter in what order.You can put things in order in the editing.
Just collect the material you want, either by news footage or by new footage that u will shoot and then put them together after.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 02:09 PM
Posted 16 October 2005 - 12:37 PM
If your school has a theater or AV department you could check with them for the best mic for your camera. You should get some form of ?shotgun? mic.
A little lighting would be good for interviews. I often use a paper lantern and a clamp light - cheap, easy to cart around and plugs into any outlet.
I don?t really like the Matthew Shepard opening idea - it?s been done so often. Everyone knows that story. I wonder if you couldn?t dig up a story that didn?t get as much attention? Make your documentary unique. Maybe even something local that the rest of us have never heard about.
Posted 17 October 2005 - 04:57 AM
This is the sort of thing I do a lot of the time - following long term projects, at least.
Theoretically, you're "supposed" (by the purists) to research and write your documentary before you shoot it. This is time-consuming and fairly pointless in a world where you can load large amounts of material onto a computer and build the story in the edit.
You will end up shooting huge, enormous amounts of material. Twenty, thirty times the length of your finished production, which means, yes, if you're after a 45-minute documentary you're going to shoot somewhere between 15 and 25 hours. Don't sweat it - perfectly normal.
As I say this isn't the "proper" way to do it and if you're doing a nature documentary I'm sure it isn't how you'd proceed, but it seems to work well enough to pay my bills...
Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:26 AM
We're all sick of it and it's plaguing most of the schools and other institutions around the country.
It would be a remarkable thing if you could somehow "teach" your schoolmates why their behavior is wrong and educate future high school students by filming acts of racism, sexism and homophobia while they're happening. They're not hard to find. Interview the "victims", and contrast their stories to what's going on in the rest of the world.
High school is, for many of us, sort of a microcosm of the real world. What you see on CNN may be on a slightly larger scale, but rape is rape... murder is murder... and hatred, jealousy and ignorance seem to be the root of it all.
My 2 cents would be:
1. One of you should hang around school with a camera. Interview students, the faculty and parents.
Wait for any hate related events and capture them on tape (or film).
2. Do the research on the history of racism, sexism and homophobia in the USA. Apply it to your present day situation. Have we changed at all, in even the slightest way?
3. Together, try to find a way to solve the problem -- beginning in your school. Don't be afraid to speak your minds and show other people losing theirs.
4. Close with your vision of a positive hate-free future and explain to your audience how it can be achieved.