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Video Project Two: Filming a Documentary
Students will understand that…
G – Goal (“Your task is…”)
Your task is to create a short documentary film for the world wide web using nothing more than a smart phone and a computer.
R – Role (“You are a…”)
You are a documentary filmmaker, and you are exploring the question of how young musicians choose their instruments.
A – Audience (“Your audience is…”)
Your audience is other people your age who are interested in music and the people who play it.
S – Situation (“The challenge involves dealing with…”)
The challenge involves dealing with the creative possibilities and technical limitations of consumer-grade video production tools.
P – Product, performance, and purpose (“You will create a ___ in order to ___”)
You will create a five minute documentary film in order to learn the basic process of planning, writing, storyboarding, shooting, editing, and publishing a video on YouTube. You will then embed this video into one of your web pages.
S – Standards and criteria for success (“Your performance needs to…”)
Your performance needs to reflect your ability to apply your understanding of the full range of skills needed to create a film.
Q: I am unhappy with my grade. Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes. Go back, correct all errors and omissions, and resubmit your work after school, Monday through Thursday. It will only take me a moment to re-grade your work. I will raise your score if you have fulfilled all of the requirements, as long as you resubmit the work in a reasonable amount of time.
Q: I want to do this project using a different application. Can I do that?
A: Yes and no. Yes, you can use iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, Avid Media Composer, or anything else to produce the documentary. No, I can't give you any technical support when you run into difficulties- which you will. If you are willing to accept those terms, and fulfill every requirement, you may use the video production platform of your choice.
Q: I would like to interview a student athlete instead of a student musician. Can I do that?
A: Yes, but ask my permission first. The requirements will remain the same. Instead of filming a musician playing their instrument, you are required to film the athlete engaged in their sport.