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Overview

Your team is asked to tell a non-fiction story that will be used for a program called “Beneath the Surface”. The duration of this story is two to four minutes. Your project will use video, stills and sound and will be assembled in Final Cut X. You must include at least one interview, NO EXTERNAL MUSIC is allowed to be added to this piece, all sound must have been recorded on scene.

A non-fiction story is rooted in reality. The basis of the story exists regardless whether someone is there to record and tell it. In some non-fiction (stories that might be labeled “journalism”) storytellers work hard to minimize their personal impact on the story. You are not to change the subjects or the scene that you film in any way whatsoever. In all cases, the basis of the story itself pre-exists the arrival of the storytellers. Examples will be shown in class.

This project should take you beyond your comfort zone. It must be a work with an audience that is NOT our class. It must be a story that is of interest to someone viewing it on the web or on a television screen. The story idea must be something off campus. Marshall Street does not count as off campus. In addition, tattoo parlors and pan handlers are not valid story ideas for this project. If you have a story idea on campus that you would like to do, the story idea must be approved by the professor beforehand.

Readings

Deadlines

Step One

INDIVIDUAL CONCEPT STATEMENT | Download Template

DUE IN CLASS AND ON SERVER (15 points)
You will write a concept statement and pitch it to the other members of your team.

The concept statement has 3 parts. Use the Non-Fiction Individual Concept Statement Form .doc template that is found on the project download package on this blog page or on Blackboard.

  1. What is the log line and title for this film?
  2. In at least 250 words, write a succinct summary of the story idea that you would like to do.
  3. Make sure this includes the 5 W’s – the Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How.

Your concept statement must include:

Print a copy of your statement and bring it to class with you. During class on Sept. 23 you will pitch your concept to the other members of your team. Your team will decide on one of these concepts to turn into a non-fiction film. In addition to bringing it with you, please upload it to the server as a .pdf in the dropfolder, please label it [lastname]-Nonfiction Concept Statement.pdf.

STEP TWO

FILL OUT THE “GROUP CONCEPT STATEMENT
TURN IN ON SERVER (5 POINTS)
Once you and your team decide on a story and follow through with the beginning stages of shooting and reporting your story. One member of your team must fill out the “Story Idea Form” located on blackboard. On this form you will write a description including the 5 W’s – the Who, What, When, Why, Where, and How specific to your developing story, a logline and a title for your team’s film. You must also give contact information for your main character that includes the person’s phone number and mailing address.

If for some reason, your story idea should change, you must fill out this form again with your new story idea.

 

STEP THREE

EXECUTION OF YOUR FILM

Each member of your team takes responsibility for different jobs in creating your film. Though you are held equally responsible for each individual part.

Producer: This person is responsible for creating a consistent visualization of the project. The Producer makes sure that all necessary elements of a story have been recorded or photographed. The Producer is responsible for assembling all the material for the production folder. (see below).

Videographer/Editor: This person shoots the interviews and scenes as directed by the producer. Once the sound and image assets have been gathered, this person will edit the first and final cuts of the story.

Audio and Graphic designer: In consultation with the Producer, he/she makes decisions about the graphic look of the project (titles, credits) and what location sound might be used. This person is in charge of audio recording and monitoring audio (with the headphones) as it is recorded.

STEP FOUR

Each Team must be ready in class to show their rough cut (10 POINTS)
This rough cut must contain 1 interview, 1 sequence and some B-ROLL but need not be in a completely finished state. The more it is near completion the better the critique will be. All footage to be shown must be in Final Cut X.

STEP FIVE

Your final .mov & peer evaluation (40/5 POINTS)

The final .mov file must have the following naming convention:
lastnamestudent1-lastnamestudent2-lastnamestudent3-NF-FINAL.mov

THIS PROJECT WILL BE EVALUATED BY THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA
(BE SURE TO READ BEFORE YOU START WORK):