Starter: Peer Assessment of BLOG: Documentary Research and Planning
Assess your Peer and assign them a grade. What are they doing well? What could be improved? What grade are they working at right now?
- History of documentary (paragraph on this)
- Main types of documentary: List and paragraph on each of Bill Nichols modes. Relate these to your own doc.
- Documentary Textual Analyses X 3 completed in class on modes
- Documentary Textual Analyses x 3 ( your choice; research into docs you have been interested in or inspired by.) Completed by you independently.
- Textual Analyses x 4 of 2 ancillary products.
- Analyses of institutional factors regarding documentary funding, production and exhibition: TV and cinema.
Documentary Audience research:
- BARB TV viewing figures on popular TV modes with examples.
- Audience research: your own, including target audience questionnaires, evidence from focus group, including regular feedback from focus group on your progress and what changes you made after feedback of documentary ‘rough cut’ draft.
- Audience Theory. Evidence of knowledge of Audience Theory
Issues in documentary
- Secondary research from documentary website on issues doc filmmakers face: approaches, media language and choices made.
- Issues and debates in documentary: copyright, ethics (we cover this – but you will write it up)
- Documentary organisation and planning – timing, logistics, release forms, health and safety.
- Creative ideas and inspiration: – development ideas, creative inspiration such as news issues, local issues, research into possible subjects, discussions with friends, teachers, parents etc.
- Storyboarding, scripting and treatment.
A2 Media Studies Documentary Blog Layout. Least number of entries expected 35. Go for 55 entries!
There are templates available for much of the group work on the documentary helpsheets provided (Dropbox) so use them to help and as a guide. However it is important you personalise these templates, perhaps adding your own or adding different or more information
A Short History Of Documentary
- All to use the slideshare -A Short History Of Documentary as a basis to create a prezi called A History Of Documentary and insert YouTube examples from list below ( Activity)
- Most will add some research and information on these clips (researched using The Internet).( Activity)
- Some will use extra research on Nick Broomfield below to develop their own approach to scripting, interviewing and research.
Insert examples from:
Actuality: Lumiere Brother ‘train arriving at a station’
First documentary: Nanook of the North (1922) – How to build an igloo
Direct Cinema: Bob Dylan “Give the anarchist a cigarrette” from Don’t Look Back
Observational verite: Anita O’Day – Jazz on a Summers day
Observational verite:Chronicle of a Summer (1961) – extract
Drama documentary:Cathy come home-Clip4
Mockumentary: Clip from Blair Witch Project.
Nick Broomfield – The Interview Technique
Nick Broomfield on Truth and Filmmaking
Nick Broomfield – Scripting and Research
All to upload evidence of creative development of documentary to blog.(Use this template by showeet.com or upload your own post it notes)
- Most will upload evidence of some creative development of documentary to blog
- Some will show detailed evidence of creative development of documentary uploaded to blog.
EXT ACTIVITY: Can also use this to create graphs for your audience research results.
Remember to credit Showeet.com copyright. – at end of slide find info. Find powerpoint here.
Hi A2 Media
As you know I am ill today. Yesterday, you should have viewed Etre et Avoir and read the handout on the court case. Homework is the essay.
For lesson 1 today -here is an essay plan for that homework – you can then add your own observations and examples from the film.
Lesson 2: below, is an ancillary research and planning activity lesson.
You need to upload evidence of lessons and research to your blog. When I return I will get you to peer assess your research and planning work so far against the mark scheme.
All to plan essay ‘Does the observational documentary show reality more than other modes of documentary? using plan below.
Most add to plan with own examples and notes taken from handouts and research.
Some will evaluate and analyse the question ‘Does the observational documentary show reality more than other modes of documentary?’
Observational documentary essay plan
- List other modes of documentary. Provide theorist and explanation of modes
- The rules of observational documentary are that the filmmaker does not intervene in events before the camera. The filmmaker films what is happening without interference – the idea is these things would still be happening if the filmmaker was not there. In this way it can be argued reality is shown. An example of this in Etre et Avoir would be when……
- Observational documentaries use certain media techniques, such as hand held cameras so as to catch events on the move as they happen – things are spontaneous- the filmmaker does not know what will happen next. Sound will often be realistically unclear. In this way reality can be shown. An example of this in Etre et Avoir would be when……
- In terms of editing, it could be argued, observational documentary does not represent reality. The observational documentary often shoots a great deal of footage. This means that the filmmaker must select in editing what will finally be seen. Frederick Wiseman, a well known American direct cinema director, said that his films were ‘reality fictions’ , as, although he used the rules of direct cinema: no lighting, no questions, no set ups, no interference, he edited the film to create a point of view about what he had filmed : ‘an argument’ about the situation. An example of this in Etre et Avoir would be when……
- Observational documentary still needs to create a structure or story. Just observing reality would be very boring to an audience. Etre et Avoir’s structure is…
- Observational documentaries need to build up a relationship with the subjects so that they are ease with the filming. This leads to much time in their making. This it can be argued helps show reality. Etre et Avoir’s filming took place over…
- Observational documentaries requirement to film ‘the real’ leads to some moral and ethic dilemmas. An example of this is Etre et Avoir when……
Thank you to Ms Connell on slideshare.
Hi A2 Media.
Review mark scheme and deadline for research and planning which is half term.
You need 2 analyses for each ancillary product.
40 marks for the documentary
20 marks for 2 ancillaries.
20 marks for research and planning
20 marks for the evaluation.
Read through this slideshare. Notes for slideshare: The 5 “W’s” of journalism:(Who, what, where, when, why) Do you remember this from our Guardian visit? You need to have a log in for slide share to download powerpoints to adapt them. See student example below!!
All will use template above to analyse one documentary magazine layout or a newspaper ad. (Ignore deadlines for January! Resources -magazine examples on the table in room )
Most will add photographs of layout examples and embed them in powerpoint or use ones found on The Internet.
Some will complete 1 layout analysis and use Jamilla’s analysis of a radio promotion as a basis for their own radio analysis. (Go from my blog to Jamilla’s A2 blog). Complete for homework.
Educating Yorkshire ads designed by kids
Ref: Creative Review
When creating the poster ads for its new series Educating Yorkshire, Channel 4’s in-house agency 4Creative turned to the pupils featured in the programme for help…Educating Yorkshire, which starts this Thursday on Channel 4, follows the award-winning documentary series Educating Essex. The series will again explore life in a school, but this time is travelling up north, to Thornhill Community Academy near Dewsbury. To help market the show, 4Creative approached the children that will star in it, asking them to create the ads.
The kids rose to the challenge, producing over 100 drawings and paintings. A selection were then chosen to be featured on posters – shown below are four of them. As you might imagine, both headteacher Jonny Mitchell and previous series Educating Essex come in for some gentle ribbing on the ads…
Credits: Agency: 4Creative Creative directors: Chris Bovill, John Allison Creatives: Pablo Gonzalez de la Pena, Molly Manners, Emily Grover
Ancillary Research and Planning Worksheet
Educating Yorkshire ads designed by kids
Ref: Creative Review
View the poster ads designed by kids for Channel 4’s in-house advertising agency, 4Creative. This agency designed the ads and promotional posters for the TV documentary series ‘Educating Yorkshire’.
Q 1: Create a blog post called Analysis of Educating Yorkshire ads designed by kids. Answer questions below on your blog post – leave out questions!!
Q2: Choose 2 of the adverts shown and write a paragraph on your blog describing and explaining how they came to be produced for the documentary.
Q3: Do you think they are effective? Write a short piece detailing why they are, or are not, effective on your blog.
Q4: What kind of promotional campaign might you create for your documentary? Consider posters, (these can be used as newspaper ads) promotional photographs for a listings magazine, online banners etc. Create some ideas/drawings on post it notes, photograph and upload to blog.
Ext Activity: research some existing promotional materials for documentaries and embed on blog along with some thoughts about them: what’s good about them and why? How you could you use similar ideas? Examples so far: student examples +Aileen Wuornos Selling of a Serial Killer and Capturing the Friedman’s: DVD covers, posters, ads.