Filming a Documentary! everything you never thought about when making a movie things to think about: • • • • • the 3 S’s field of view framing the shot camera placement b-roll footage the three S’s • straight • steady • smooth • hint: use the tripod at ALL times!!! field of view • what is most important? – the landscape? – the artwork? – the person? • make the most important thing the most visible part of the shot framing the shot • you decide what the viewer will see— make sure it’s interesting! • the rule of thirds – divide shot into thirds – examples of the rule of thirds camera placement • think about your point of view! – what does it say about the role of the viewer? • vary your camera placement to make your film more interesting the infamous b-roll • what exactly IS b-roll footage?? – b-roll is the stuff that plays in between the important parts – it tells the story through action or while narration is taking place • example: the artist at work, in between takes, panning across a landscape 4 elements of a documentary • here are some ways to make your film look professional: – include interviews with group members – use cutaway shots (like still photos) – “chill footage” (kind of like b-roll, just watching your group members work) – process footage (behind the scenes) group tasks • director – you will be the group leader for the day – responsible for making filming decisions – you will complete a director’s log (make notes of the day’s progress) • cinematographer – with help from the director, you will be in charge of operating the camera • artist – you will be gathering materials, constructing the piece, interviewing on camera assessment • what you will be graded on: – land art • use of natural materials (must be entirely natural) • sculptural elements: balance, unity, form, line • relationship to environment – documentary • cinematography (everything in this powerpoint) • editing (how you put everything together – collaboration • how well does your group work together? • are tasks shared? good luck, land artists!!!