Create a Documentary Film
The Independent Initiative - Documentary Filming With Your Smartphone
Shooting documentaries on a smartphone is so simple! Check out these creative tips to help you with your next project!
Details the various types of documentaries with multiple examples of each.
Conducting an Interview
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STEP ONE: DECIDE ON YOUR HERO
Use the following essay, What Kind of Heroes Should We Embrace to start a discussion about heroes? Students identify the difference between a hero and a celebrity as they discuss what type of person is a hero.
STEP TWO: WRITE YOUR SCRIPT
First, do research about the topic and make notes on a computer or notepad
Then create a rough draft of a script - this does not have to be word for word.
Then create a storyboard, or shot list.
STEP THREE: STORYBOARD AND SHOT LIST
STEP FOUR: FILMING: CAMERA SHOTS, ANGLES AND MOVEMENT
Make sure you have good, front-facing lighting and are not backlit.
Get a good angle with your entire face in the shot.
Memorize small parts of your script at a time so that you aren’t reading off the page-- it takes away from the energy and charisma (gaps in between sections are okay, they can be edited out!)
BE ENGAGING! Even if you aren’t passionate about what you are talking about, act as if you are.
STEP FIVE: POST-PRODUCTION AFTER FILMING
Transfer your clips onto whichever device you will be using to edit. A computer is recommended but alternatively, you can use a phone or tablet
Learn how to use your editing platform. See tutorials below.
Include pictures and subtitles, you can find free images on Wikimedia commons.
STEP SIX: ADD MUSIC AND TITLES
The following three links are resources to copyright free images and sound.
STEP SEVEN: SHARE YOUR FILM
SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE MY HERO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. ONGOING SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED
Using Canva to Create Videos Tutorials
EXAMPLES OF WINNING MIDDLE SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY FILMS
EXAMPLES OF WINNING HIGH SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY FILMS
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