MEDIA ARTS LESSON PLAN
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Create a Documentary Film

Middle and High School Students

Create a Documentary Film
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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!

 

The Six Types of Documentaries
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The Beat - The 6 Types of Documentary Films

Details the various types of documentaries with multiple examples of each.

Conducting an Interview

 

DigitalStorytellers - MAKE Your Story: Interviews

The "Dos and don'ts" of recording interviews! Tips on background, sounds,lighting, and spacing during interviews

TIPS FOR A GOOD 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. 

Writing the Script
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Storytelling on Film
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STEP THREE: STORYBOARD AND SHOT LIST

Pre-Production
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Storyboard Shotlist
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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.

Camera Framing and Motion
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Production
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1 minute @ Baycat on Framing

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.

iMOVIE Editing Tutorial
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Beginners Guide to Video Editing
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WeVideo offers editing on a PC. Visit this page for tutorials.

WE VIDEO ACADEMY FOR PC
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STEP SIX: ADD MUSIC AND TITLES

The following three links are resources to copyright free images and sound.

FREELY USABLE IMAGES

UNSPLASH
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FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE

FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE
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FREE IMAGES, VIDEOS & MUSIC

PIXABAY
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STEP SEVEN: SHARE YOUR FILM

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE MY HERO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. ONGOING SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED

 

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Using Canva to Create Videos Tutorials

CANVA
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EXAMPLES OF WINNING MIDDLE SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY FILMS

THANK A HERO: MAURICE HILLEMAN

Jasmine Blossom Martoglio, Aurelia Sunshine Martoglio | Batchelor Middle School
This is a documentary about an unsung hero named Maurice Hilleman who created an amazing amount of vaccines, and made it possible for modern vaccines to work.

Martin Luther King Jr: A True Hero

Kameron John feagans | Batchelor Middle School
This is a video about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. and why he was a hero.

The Bon-Bon Bomber: Gail Halvorsen Story

Oscar Paul McDermott-Sipe, Tristan Alma Williams | Batchelor Middle School
Gail was inspired to drop candy to the children of Berlin and how he started a ripple effect.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: A Hero In Healthcare

Breckin Tyler Anderson, Beau Badger | Lora Batchelor Middle School
Amid the ongoing coranavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has delivered Americans everywhere scientifically correct research surrounding the pandemic...

Katherine Johnson: The Human Computer

Jasmine Blossom Martoglio | Batchelor Middle School
This is a documentary about Katherine Johnson and why she is an American hero.

The Man in Orange

Produced by:Deya Mounis, Aya Qawass, Nadine Abu Nemeh, & Mohammad Khreasat
Students in Jordan discuss their heroes who work to make their city clean.

Tomorrows Classroom

Produced by:Alex Emerson
Why should students be trapped within the four walls of the classroom when there are billions of other people to learn with? Welcome to Tomorrow's Classroom.

My Family Journey: Pathway to Empowering Hispanic Women

Angelina Pendleton-Mendez
Angelina Pendleton-Mendez interviews Maria Mendez, her paternal grandmother about her family and their journey.

EXAMPLES OF WINNING HIGH SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Remember Us: An Historic Chapter at Anaheim High School

Produced by:AUHSD STUDENTS: Vanessa Diaz, Kenia Lares, Fryda Luna, Aleshia Osbor...
Remember Us documents the internment of Japanese American students at Anaheim High School forced to relocate to concentration camps.

Joan Ganz Cooney: The Unsung Hero Who Led Us All To Sesame Street

Anna Brodine | Seaman High School
Joan Ganz Cooney as producer of Sesame Street, combined education and entertainment in children’s television programming..

Hello From Malaysia

Produced by:Kira Bursky
Aiman has just moved from Malaysia to the U.S. and finds it hard to fit in with the cultural differences.

Dangers Of Vaping

Basil Patterson, Avital Mintz, Sebastian Alexandre, Miranda Bauer
A film about how vaping is marketed to children. By: Basil Paterson, Avital Mintz, Sebastian Alexandre, & Miranda Bauer

Madre e Hija

Kacey Kim and Chance Walker
“My wish for my children is that they have the opportunity to study, which I didn’t have.”

Life On The Line

Brandon Hill
This documentary explores the experiences of five firefighters from the L.A.F.D.

TRANSPARENCY: Becoming Oliver

Tessa Grace Morell
Experimental short film made to visually accompany the original poem "Becoming Oliver" written by Oliver Marino.

A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions

Produced by:Matthew Evans
Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society: violence among religions.

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