ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
What is a documentary? How can the documentary form be taken advantage of?
• What makes a documentary more engaging and compelling to all types of viewers?
• Is it ever possible to produce an accurate representation of real life on film?

1. In your film team, brainstorm ideas.
• come to an agreement on the subject of your documentary, interviews & b-roll
• do initial research + produce notes for how you will treat subject/s and techniques you will use. Think “the creative treatment of actuality”. Design a grid:
Idea you want to convey: What to film: Film/editing techniques to make it ‘creative’:

If you need permission to film someone or somewhere, get that permission now. Have a clear idea of what you intend to do + make sure you communicate idea clearly to interview subjects.

2. Prepare ALL ABOVE along with 1-2 PAGE TREATMENT OUTLINING STORYLINE, LIST OF INTERVIEWEES & B-ROLL SHOTS/SOUNDS for a pitch to producer (the teacher).

3. PITCH under 3 Mins. Your idea will be accepted only if it is practical to film, has the permissions, is informative + entertaining, and will engage with the essential questions.

4. Once your idea is accepted, look carefully again at the blog videos and your notes on how to setup and record interviews and B-Roll. Continue + finish your research.

5. Produce a MORE DETAILED OUTLINE, ASSIGN FILMMAKER ROLES, PRODUCTION SCHEDULE, SHOT & SOUND LIST plan of your film. Share Doc with the producer.

6. Now you will be given a specific role in the filming and editing process. Look carefully at the details of that role and note that you are individually responsible for completing all of the tasks on your role card and will be marked accordingly. The buck stops with you!