English/Film and Media studies
posted by Em .
My assignment is to talk about a documentary that doesn't exist. We had to pretend to create one and one of the things we need to discuss is our shot construction so everything from lighting, location to shot sizes. Then we need to talk about voice overs and sound effects.
I"m just confused about how to do this without actually having a documentary. LIke I can try to imagine it in my head but I'm having difficulty trying to work out what the teacher would actually be looking for. Its a group assignment, we only had the assignment for a week and we need a draft in by friday and my group member is inconmmunicado so any help would be appreciated.
"our shot construction" = ???
One thing I've noticed in documentaries is that they use lots of still photos and zoom in and then out. The transition to the next photo (or sometimes video) is smooth and often accompanied by music; the transition sometimes is done by fading out of one photo before fading into the next. In this way, the film makers are able to incorporate both stills and video into their work.
There may be ideas in many of these that could be helpful to you.