intro to documentary production
Authorship: What role will you as the creator play in the video. Will you narrate, ask questions from behind the camera, be a character in the video, remove your presence from video, or a combination of the former options? How does this method help the message of your project?
1. What is narrative spine of your film & what is the bigger story?
The narrative spine of my film will be based on my mom's life and how her idea towards familial connection has grown as she has. The bigger story is what it means to be connected with family and the overall importance of family and family history.
2. Why are you invested in this idea? How can it sustain your interest? How might it sustain the interest of an audience?
I am invested in this story because it is my family too and now I'm a part of the family that my mom is trying to remain connected to. It sustains my interest because I have a personal involvement and dedication. I think it will sustain the audience's interest because family and familial connections are things that everyone can relate to in some way.
3. What kinds of people do you need to talk to give you a greater understanding of the story than what you already know?
I'm going to talk to my mom, but also film her talking to my gram on the phone so that I can hear how my gram responds to the connection and get an idea of how the two of them communicate meaningfully.
4. How can you make this documentary visual? What visual evidence do you need to actively tell you story?
I'm going to make this story visual with photos of my mom and her family that we have in a box in our house. Some are from way before my mom was even born and help her feel her family's history. This evidence will help me tell the story because it relates to family development and how relationships change and have to be maintained over time.
5. Sit down and think about how you want the audience to feel at the end of the video, or what you want their lasting impression to be. Write down three things that come to mind.
6. What do you NOT want this project to be?
I don't want it to be sad in any way. I want it to be uplifting and encouraging to people looking for ways to keep in touch with their own families.
7. What could go wrong with this idea?
There could be some sad material that comes up during the interview which could make a happier tone seem forced. For example, my granddad died a couple years ago and that has influenced how my mom keeps in touch with her gram.
1. What is the narrative spine (the through line in the film), and how does the author advance the story?
The narrative spine is the life of Timothy Treadwell and his eventual death at the hands of the bears he spent much of each year with. The film tells the story of how he would stay with the bears and capture them on film, why he did it, and what happened after his death. The author advances the story with footage found after Timothy's death and interviews with family, friends, and people involved with bears to figure out his life, motivations, and whether he had the effect he thought he was.
2. How do the interviewees/characters in the film contribute to the narrative spine?They add information that would not have been known just through Timothy's footage. Since he is dead, the people who were close to him are the only ones left to answer questions about Timothy's life and his time with the bears.
3. In what ways does the director build credibility? Why do you trust what we see, or why don’t you?Most of the footage is found footage discovered after Timothy's death and is used as evidence to support the narrative presented. I trust what I see because it matches with the story being told.
Self-reflection: What did you learn about yourself (the way you prefer to work, how you tackle problems, deal with uncertainty, organize our work) during this project.