Project 5B: Digital Literacy Mini-documentaries
Documentaries attempt to represent reality rather than tell a fictional story.
Documentaries are essentially nonfiction film.
In this project, students work in teams to create a mini-documentary: identifying the theme, audience, and goals for a particular topic.
Within each team, students manage tasks from a particular filmmaking role perspective. In the process of making a mini-documentary, students learn to create advanced motion and color effects, use picture-in-picture effects, learn audio-editing techniques, and compose a musical score. Finally, each team will present their film in a student film festival.
Some resources to help create compelling Documentaries:
- Sample PSAs and Documentaries: https://www.psacentral.org/.
- Information about the documentary genre, how to create a documentary for a school project, and assistance with developing storytelling skills (an Adobe Flash-based website for students and teachers): www.nfb.ca/enclasse/doclens/btc.php?DLshown=true&language=e.
- Video tips and techniques for documentaries and interviews:
- What makes a film a documentary: http://documentaries.about.com/od/basics/a/whatisdoc.htm.
- Advice on directing and fundraising for a documentary film:
- Shooting tips for making a documentary:
- Two student filmmakers on their experience with creating a documentary:
- The following Forms may help you stay organized:
Assignments to turn in:
1) Print and Hand In: Project 7: Mini-Documentaries Reflection Questions
2) Print and Hand In: Media Arts - Video Assessment Rubric
Instructions to Transfer Videos from Camcorder to Class Folder:
- On Camcorder:
- Connect camcorder & PC with USB cable
- "USB Connect" on Touch Screen
- On Computer:
- If Autoplay pops up, select "Removable Disk E"
- If not, Click Folder on Startbar, then select Removable Disk E"
- Double-Click on MP_ROOT Folder
- Double-Click on 100PNV01 Folder
- Newest Movies are at the bottom
- Highlight files you want to copy (use CTRL+Click to select multiple files)
- Right-Click Copy
- Click on Media Arts # (E: or F:) Drive (Below Computer in left panel)
- Double-Click on your Class Folder
- Right-Click Paste (or CTRL-V)
Tutorials to use each of these sites are below
To turn in your project, Export Your Movie:
- Click once on the "Program Monitor" window (top right preview window)
- Export Settings (upper right):
- Format: Windows Media
- Output Name: ## Color Class, Mini-Doc Title, Group # (Save in: Media Arts Drive / Your Class Folder )
- Source Range (lower left): Entire Sequence