Facets Week 3

Week #3 Characters/Point of View in a Documentary


Reminders- Use a tripod

In the field, you should not (under most circumstances) be in the film. Only the person interviewed should be visible (not the interviewer)

Hold phone horizontally

In interview, no microphone. Interviewer should not be seen


Create a B Roll about a student in your group

Must be at least 7 shots.

1  minute in length and SILENT

twiddling your fingers

talking on phone

riding bike, walking around

doing daily tasks that define the person.

Close ups (such as on hands)

telling who this person is by what they do

Show BOTH of Moe’s Bows movies




Recycling: Ways to reduce, reuse, recycle in our school
8th Grade stress and the transition to High School
Testing (MAP, PARCC, etc.)
Bullying; Social Media, Peer Pressure, Diversity/Tolerance
Over-scheduling: Extra -curricular vs. Academic, After School Activities
Teen Privacy; administrative rules, parental guidelines, responsibility


Select Documentary Style

EXPOSITORY– Presents a story or information from an authoritative (or “god-like”) point of view
OBSERVATIONAL– Tells a story by following a person or recording an event as it is taking place
PARTICIPATORY- The film maker is part of the story being told
POETIC– The film uses shots and sounds in unexpected and creative ways to present it’s subject
For the final 4 weeks , students will collaborate to determine their film’s style, write your script, coordinate production, shoot, and edit their group’s 5 minute documentary film.


Work on story development worksheet







  • -Stanza must be composed of 1,3, 5, or 7  different shots of any length 
  • TOTAL length of  stanza 1 must be 20 seconds or 40 seconds exactly.
  • -You must add  a soundtrack.
  • Hint: Film this using visual representation. How would you film the leaf falling? The tree branches are so bare, autumn has arrived.



Be creative!!!

TONE- use color, music, sounds, shots to create feeling.

PACE-edit to affect the mood or tone or to reflect on the action of the stanza (fast/slow, even/uneven)

MOOD-angry, silly, nonsense, serious, sad, joyful, anxious

DEGREE– stanza changes can be subtle, extreme, opposing, parallel

FOCUS- Manipulate your audience using images and sounds; think outside the box

OTHER –what do you see, what do you think you see, what is real vs. imagined, what you did or thought you did, what they did, change of seasons, personal experiences (first love, divorce, loss of a loved one, moving away, making new friends, helping others, etc.) social issues (Crime, environment, health, bulling , inequality, society/culture, can use HUMOR (at something, at yourself)

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