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T351 Week 8 - Fall 2015


  • Midterm Exam
  • Review Interview / Lighting tips

Reality check:

  • No Labs this week: The time is for you to work on your Interview/Feature Stories. (Tips to follow below). Please remember that these are to be exactly 2 OR 3 minutes - NOT somewhere inbetween. (1:59:29 or 2:59:29 is ideal.) We'll watch these next week in lab starting at 10 AM.
  • Lighting Exercise projects are due this week by the start of your scheduled lab time. Turn in your groups media file to the Production Lab Dropbox and your individual log/critiques to the Oncourse folder "Lighting"
  • Art Video Proposal, Artistic Statement & Treatment are due next week. Please upload your work to the Oncourse folder "Art Video".
  • Final Project Proposal & Treatments are due next week by the start of lecture.
  • Midterm Quiz during our lecture time next week.
  • The week after next:
    • Produce Art videos (the week before spring break)

Proposals, Treatments & Scripts

Some students (and producers and teachers) don't know the difference between a Propgram Proposal, Treatment and a Script.

Program Proposals (see Jim's Program Proposal overview) Program Proposals describe the purpose, scope, production method, and budget of the production. The two most important things to start with are an objective and a target audience.

For short productions, the proposal can include a treatment. For feature-length films, and longer-length productions, the treatment is usually a separate document.

Treatments are essentially condensed versions of the scripts. They don't contain detailed production information, but should concisely describe the story, the act structure, and the scenes within the acts. Treatments can show precisely how the story flows by describing the dialog and action of every scene. (If the scene does not advance the character or the story, cut it out!) I typically title my scenes and describe them as a paragraph or element in my treatment. Check out the actual treatment I used to pitch the Elkinsville documentary I produced for WTIU.

Scripts (See Jim's script overview) Film style vs. two-column.

Everything can be scripted in advance. This includes documentaries and music videos. I like to compare producers to lawyers. They shold never ask a question that they don't know the answer to. I always try to know the role that someone will play in a production before I go to interview them. If not, it's because not enought time has been spent in pre-production.

You can determine, visualize, and create the flow of an entire documentary simply by spending time doing pre-production.

Almost all of the documentaries you see on PBS, Discovery and the History channel have been planned and scripted before any production takes place. Producers and writers research the subject and approach well in advance of production. There is an unscripted approach referred to as "exploratory". It has merits, but is typically not used when large amounts of money, gear and time are at stake.

Consider your Interview/Feature Stories. How do you want it to begin? Close your eyes and imagine how you would like to introduce the viewer to the subject.

How do you get every shot you need? Visualize every shot & write it down it down in your script.


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