Assignments

Documentary Project

Dec. 13, 2019 Max Points: 150
Description:

Directions: Working individually or in a group you will create your documentary film following the three steps below. Your documentary must be a minimum of 12 minutes in length.

1. Create a Shot List
This is a list of the footage and interviews you’ll need to make your movie. Think of it as your list of “ingredients”.

2. Start Shooting
Keep in mind HOW your movie will be viewed because that can dictate your shooting and storytelling style. (Hint: tiny details off in the distance will not be seen on a cellphone).

3. Begin Editing
This is actually one of my favorite parts of the process. It’s like putting together a great big puzzle! Once you're all set with equipment, you'll start putting down your clips of footage one right after the other in a sequence. The art with editing is to create a "roller coaster" ride of emotion, some parts fast, some part slow to create a dynamic viewing experience.

Encounters at the End of the World Questions

Oct. 11, 2019 Max Points: 10

Documentary Treatment - Production Schedule and Timeline

Oct. 03, 2019 Max Points: 10
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Directions: You will create a production schedule for your documentary. You need to specify what you will shoot and what dates you will shoot them on. This must be very specific. If you need to interview someone, you need to reach out to them in order to secure a time and date to do so. If you need to find a ride to film somewhere, you need to secure this right away so that you have a schedule to work with. Make sure to leave plenty of time for editing.

Documentary Treatment Part III: Story Structure

Sept. 30, 2019 Max Points: 10
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Story Structure – A brief mention of how your story will play out structurally, and include any interesting or unique elements of storytelling that you plan to implement.
- Kind of like an outline

Writing a Documentary Treatment Part II: Main Characters

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points: 10
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Directions: Working with your partner, you will write down the main/central characters for your documentary. If you do not know of specific people who are going to be in your documentary, provide a general sense of the type/s of individual/s you plan to include in your documentary. For example, if your documentary is on the history of Rock and Roll, you would probably include famous/impactful Rock and Roll musicians. If your documentary is based on local artists, you could describe what kind of local artists you plan on including in your film.

Documentary Treatment Part I - Synopsis

Sept. 20, 2019 Max Points: 20
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Directions: Working with your partner, you will write a synopsis for your documentary.

Synopsis – A short (2 paragraph) description of the broad themes of your project, and its place and time, as well as a short description of what happens in the film. Usually the Log Line is contained therein. The Log Line is a one-line description of the action in your film, i.e:
“Twenty male inmates in a Kentucky prison rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest over the course of one year.”

Interview Project: Step 5 - Interview Reflection

Sept. 24, 2019 Max Points: 20
Description:

Write a one-page, single-spaced and typed reflection paper in which you evaluate both yourself as an interviewer and interviewing as a process. Respond to the following questions, writing one full paragraph per question.

1. Evaluate yourself as an interviewer. How do you think the interview went? If you could go back and do it again, what would you do differently? Support your evaluation with specific examples.

2. What did you learn about the process of in-depth interviewing as a social research method from this experience? What can in-depth interviewing tell us that other kinds of methods, such as surveys or web research or looking at historical documents, cannot? Support your conclusions with specific examples.

Interview Project: Step 4 - Submitting Your Interview

Sept. 23, 2019 Max Points: 50
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Step 4: Submitting your interview – 50 Points (Due: Friday 09/20/2019)

You will submit an electronic copy of your video file to google classroom. If you are unable to upload it to the google classroom, then try to email it to Mr. Gandara or bring it in on a thumb drive so we can drop it on the computer. ALL INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS LESS THAN 20 MINUTES LONG AND ALL INTERVIEWS WITHOUT A RELEASE FORM WILL RECEIVE ZERO CREDIT.

Interview Project: Step 3 - Conducting the Interview

No Due Date Max Points:
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Before the interview do a test run of your recording app that records for at least 30 minutes and try e-mailing it to someone to make sure it works. It is helpful if you talk with your respondent in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Remind the respondent that they can end the interview at any time or refuse to answer any question they do not feel comfortable with. Make clear that you would like to hear their stories. Record the interview—be sure that all of your equipment is recording properly BEFORE you begin the interview. In addition to the interview, were there any interesting sounds that might be useful to record? Remember that an interview is NOT the same as a conversation—your job is to ask questions, not to respond or comment on what the respondent shares. NEVER EVER INTERRUPT your interviewee and keep your opinions/comments to yourself. Wait at least 3-7 seconds after the respondent has finished talking before going on to the next question.

Some tips for conducting the interview:

Good follow-up probes are key to a good interview. Questions that ask for concrete descriptions or stories will provide better data than questions that ask for generalizations. I often probe with questions like

“Tell me the story of how you ….”
“Can you paint a picture for me of how…”
“Walk me through what happened when…”
“Could you tell me a little more about….”
“When you said …., what did you mean by that?”
“Can you describe a specific instance where you ….?”
“What did you think/feel about …?

LISTEN to what your respondent tells you. This is the most important interviewing skill. This means, to a certain extent, following what your respondent wants to talk about and asking follow-up questions to comments s/he has made. Listening will help you think of good follow-up questions to get further detail and a better understanding of what s/he has told you. You will get a better interview if you listen and follow-up on what your respondent has said than if you stick to the script of your questions.

It is often helpful at the end of an interview to ask the respondent if there is anything they would like to add. Sometimes we get the most interesting stories of the interview when we ask this. Make sure you do not turn off the recorder until you are walking away from the interview.

Thank your respondent for taking the time to speak with you. This is important both because the respondent has offered you a real gift of her/his time and honesty and also because you don’t want to give researchers a bad name.

Interview Project: Step 2 - Developing a List of Questions

Sept. 16, 2019 Max Points: 20
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While in-depth interviewers seldom memorize or restate interview questions verbatim, they do find it helpful to have a sense of what they will want to ask their respondents. So you will begin this assignment by jotting down a list of topics or questions to refer to in the interview. These questions are merely guidelines to ensure you get rich and detailed information about the respondent’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Your questions must be OPEN-ENDED and designed to get STORIES from the respondent. Your goal is not to get information; it is to get stories.

Interview Project: Step 1 - Choosing a Respondent

Sept. 12, 2019 Max Points: 10
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NAME OF RESPONDENT, DATE/TIME OF INTERVIEW. A respondent is the person who agrees to talk with you and answer your questions. For this interview, the person must agree to be video recorded. You MAY use your personal networks—families, churches, mentors, high school faculty, community groups you belong to—if you want. You must begin trying to find someone IMMEDIATELY because you may get rejected by the first person or two you ask or have a hard time getting the person to respond to your calls and e-mails. Persistence is key. Keep in mind that even after you have set up the interview you will sometimes find that they stand you up and you have to reschedule. In worst-case scenarios, you may end up having to pursue another respondent. So it is very important to start this process as soon as possible. It can be a challenge to find someone willing to spend time talking with you. Please keep in mind that when someone says yes, they are offering you a huge gift—the gift of their time and their vulnerability in letting you see a piece of their inner life. Be sure to convey your deep appreciation for this gift through your words and your actions.
You might give them some of the questions ahead of time so that they can be prepared and comfortable with what you are going to ask. Also make clear that the person can refuse to answer any question or stop the interview at any time.

Final Interview Projects

Sept. 23, 2019 Max Points: 50
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Introduction: For this assignment, you must identify one person to interview. You will conduct a twenty to thirty-minute interview that is video recorded. This assignment has three purposes: (1) to give you a chance to develop and practice your interviewing skills, (2) to experience one of the major forms of research that many social scientists, journalists and other media producers use, and (3) to give you the raw materials with which to develop a documentary. This assignment is worth 100 points.
*Full assignment directions attached

King of Kong Analysis Questions

Sept. 08, 2019 Max Points: 24

Documentary Ideas

Sept. 05, 2019 Max Points: 10
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On a Separate document or piece of paper, write down your top 5 ideas of topics/subjects that you wish to document through your exhibition documentary project.

Mystery Group Activity

Aug. 28, 2019 Max Points: 10
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In class group activity

Class Syllabus Signed

Aug. 30, 2019 Max Points: 10
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Take your course syllabus home to be reviewed by your parents/guardians. Sign the syllabus and have one parent/guardian sign the syllabus. Return to Mr. Gandara Friday, August 30, at the beginning of the period.

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