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Independent Study – Assessment Criteria

Marks Level descriptor 1-5 • There is little or no understanding of film history/theory topic • Engagement with the target audience is limited • Scope and depth of argument is limited • Use of sources are limited • Structure of the script is limited • Visual and audio elements are incompletely described and poorly linked • Films referred to have limited relevance to the topic • There are very few relevant points of comparison made between the chosen Read full article »

Documentary Film: Pre-Production Tasks

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 Read full article »

Documentary Film Roles & Responsibilities

1.Tasks to be completed as a group: 1. Ideas – brainstorming + initial research – including permissions if appropriate 2. Pitch to the producer - teacher 3. Research – talking to people to be interviewed, gathering information about the subject 4. Script outline 5. Production schedule – including filming permissions+ arrangements 6. Storyboard 2. Individual roles and responsibilities: 1. Director: You take over all responsible for the completion of the film. You Read full article »

Documentary Film Project: Uncover, Discover & Engage

Write and produce a 3 – 5 minute documentary film for an ISM High School audience. Option One Choose as your subject someone who isn’t typically in the public eye or represented on film e.g. guard at ISM, a helper, a sari-sari store owner, yogi chef or kitchen staff at ISM, support staff, a bus mother, a driver, a doorman, etc Research, Interview Read full article »

IB1 Short Film & Trailer – REFLECTION

1–2 Paragraphs Min Each, Bullet-points, Notes – Be Specific DUE TUE, MAR 12th 9pm Google Site ‘IB1 Film Reflection’ 1. What did you learn the most from the pre - post production process? 2. How will you do things differently next time during each phase of the process? 3. What ROLE do you plan to take on next time and Read full article »


I. Groups will select TWO GENRES at random & research each genre conventions, characteristics and techniques of each. Research must be prepared in PRESENTATION & ORAL FORMAT II. PRESENTATION START FRI ,MAR 15th - WED, MARCH 20thTH Groups will prepare PRESENTATION & ORAL DISCUSSION for class (20 mins MAX). Presentation must define AND illustrate GENRE CONVENTIONS using voice Read full article »

Independent Study – Procedure, Film Theory, Film History, Assessment Criteria

The Independent Study is worth 25% of your IB Film grade… You must research, design and produce a Short Documentary Script on an aspect of Film Theory and/or Film History. The topic chosen should NOT be familiar to you but rather something carefully chosen that your interested and curious in learning more about, aim to challenge and stretch yourself. The audience is Read full article »

Independent Study – Rationale

A rationale is NOT a short paper or a mere description of your independent study - documentary script. Moreso, it is like a business proposal and thereby the foundation of your Independent Study which when completed you will pitch to producer for approval or disapproval. A rationale clearly explains: - big idea/goal of your documentary, what your exploring? - what you Read full article »

Independent Study – Initial Research Ideas

Film Movements/Directors: Italian Neorealism directors like Fellini & Antonioni, Avante Garde/Experimental cinema directors like Maya Deren, Luis Bunuel, Stan Brakhage, Chris Marker & Bruce Connor, Feminist Cinema directors like Ulrike Ottinger or Lisa Cholodenko, Animation/Live Action directors like Jan Svankmayer or Quay Brothers and Music Video directors like Chris Cunningham, Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.

Other Filmmakers: Stanley Kubrick, Kim-Ki Read full article »

Documentary Unit – REFLECTION

DUE FRI, MAR 8th by 9pm GOOGLE SITE titled ‘Documentary Reflection’ MINIMUM 1-2 PARAGRAPHS ANSWERS PER QUESTION. BE SPECIFIC. 1. How did your UNDERSTANDINGS OF DOCUMENTARY FORM & TECHNIQUES ADD/CHANGE over the course of this unit? Be specific. 2. To what extent did you employ NEWLY ACQUIRED DOCUMENTARY TECHNIQUES? Break down - CAMERA, SOUND, EDITING. 3. To what extent did Read full article »

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