FILM 12 AT THIS TIME: You should begin planning for your Final Film (Assignment #3) while working on completing your Mini Documentary (Assignment #2 - due MAY 18TH). You will need to coordinate your schedule for working on both projects in tandem. WRITE A SCHEDULE FOR YOURSELF! You will also be responsible for choosing your actors and what days you will film on. MAKE SURE TO COMPLETE PART 1 AND PART 2 of the Documentary Analysis below!! This is enough coursework to bring us to the end of the semester. Good luck and have fun! ALL PROJECTS ARE DUE BY JUNE 19TH: We will be watching both films in class on JUNE 20TH and 21ST. Assignment #3: FINAL FILM (STUDENT CHOICE) DUE JUNE 19TH First, take the time to explore the conventions of the adventure, comedy, drama, and horror genres.
Exemplars – What are some well-known films in the genre, e.g. The Matrix or the Bourne films are good examples of action films.
Archetypes – commonly occurring character types, e.g. many adventure and drama films feature a reluctant hero (Neo, Luke Skywalker, Simba).
Plot Devices – Commonly used points to propel the plot forward, e.g. A romantic film almost always has a misinterpreted/misread signal near the climax.
Style Conventions – commonly used visual storytelling techniques, e.g. Action film often uses quick cuts, POV shots.
Study a handful of trailers from each genre and identify some of the techniques used to communicate the tone. Look up the trailers for each of your exemplars and take note of what they do. For example, horror trailers often use uncomfortable screeching noises, thumping bass, and mysterious, edgy fade-to-black close-ups. Meanwhile, adventure movies might opt to show a rapid sequence of intense moments throughout the film set to some catchy music to capture the audiences interest.
ASSIGNMENT DETAILS: COMPLETE ALL OF THE DOCUMENTARY ASSIGNMENTS BELOW!!! PART 1 AND PART 2
Assignment #2: MINI DOCUMENTARY DUE MAY 18TH What are your definitions of documentary film and "reality" TV?
Are the following statements true:
Documentary films have messages that they want their audience to accept as truth.
Filmmakers edit and shape their works to persuade an audience or make them intentionally feel certain ways.
Documentarians are constructors of realities, and not simply documentors of reality.
Truth is a complex concept that is different from accuracy
We will try to become aware of how filmmakers try to position audiences (including yourself) and shape such realities for them.
Discussion and research on the different modes of documentaries
Film and TV Analysis
Plan/shoot/edit your own documentary, 5-10 minutes maximum
DUE in class April 27th
Mini Film Festival (possibly at lunch, invite peers, yearbook or school newspaper)
PART 1: DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH
In studying the different modes of documentary film, we will learn about the many complicated definitions of and disagreements about documentary film. The schools of thought that define many of the sub-genres of documentary film are pretty clearly politically motivated. It’s important for you to learn about and see examples of these different kinds of documentary to expand your own definitions and to begin considering the reasons behind and effects of different modes of presentation. I have randomly assigned each of you 2 of the following modes of documentary to conduct research on. We will compile this information onto this website for your reference as you begin to think about your own documentary.
Documentary modes: 1. cinéma vérité - Trina 2. reflexive/interactive - Trina 3. mockumentary - Kody 4. docudrama - Kody 5. personal - Rumen 6. poetic/avant-garde - Rumen 7. expository - Sebi 8. observational - Sebi 9. fly-on- the-wall - Alex or Ms. S 10. informational - Alex or Ms. S
DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM A SOURCE, PUT INTO YOUR OWN WORDS:
What is specific to this style of documentary?
Storytelling techniques (ie. usually voice over narration or conversational, etc)
Come up with a short list of examples of films or television programs that utilize these modes
You should have at least 7-10 points on each documentary mode that you are researching
PART 2: VIEWING ACTIVITIES Choose 2 short documentaries below to watch: