2020 Issue Documentary Project

This will be your final in Tobin or Ocon’s class and will be a project in Mr. Farley’s

Here are the rules, submission, and resources for this project.

CSPAN Clips Here.

Timeline for Project
Nov. 12-15th: Research. Research document should be filled out and each person in your group adds at least one piece of info to questions.
Nov. 18 – Dec. 6: Film discussion, film interviews, find CSPAN clips, write voiceover. Discussion or interviews, CSPAN clips, images, and VO text or audio due in a folder on the server.
Dec. 13: Rough Draft turned in
Dec. 18 or 19: Final Draft Due on Youtube and link submitted on this form before your last class with Ocon or Tobin for the semester.

You can do a traditional documentary with interviews if you choose. or you can do both interviews and a discussion.

  1. Create a short intro with a voiceover introducing the issue and why it’s important. 
  2. Film a discussion among your peers about the issue.
  3. Conclude with a voiceover and video reviewing the issue and stating things people can do to make the situation better. 

Step 1.Discussion: Plan your discussion first. This can be filmed in the podcasting studio, the broadcasting studio, or you can film it on your own but do it in a nice quiet place so you get good sound, and light it well.

Research: Make a copy of this discussion document to plan your discussion.

Determine who will lead the discussion as the host and who will participate. Each participant should be knowledgeable about the subject and what they will be discussing. You should not write a script for the discussion but you will need to determine the questions you will ask and each person in the discussion should write out answers to the questions that show they know what they are talking about. No winging it.

Intro: Film shots that illustrate the issue. Use CSPAN or news footage if you can find it but only if it’s relevant.

Conclusion: No Hotlines allowed. Come up with real steps that anyone can take.

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