Point of today’s lecture is to help with our developments for our doco. Treatment is due in a few weeks.
Every clip that we watch we need to do a lot of deconstruction about it and reflect on them. We started off with another segment of a doco. Talking about time and the past.
3 questions: When we ask ourselves these questions we may all come up with different answers…we will have different opinions. In our treatments we should all note what we want to come out of the film…
Why are we going to make this film? – We want to tell some kind of story, something interesting, something beautiful. We might have done some research and we just want to explain to the rest of the world about that particular topic.
What’s going to happen in it?
How could we describe what’s going to happen in it?
“The thing that can salvage the documentary amid the meaningless glut of images is Form.” – he makes a great point that it is something we need to really concentrate on.
“More important still is the personal vision of the director.”
– Pawel Pawlikowski –
Here comes another clip:
last week we saw a doco that glorifies drinking. We are watching this sequence to offset last weeks clip…
When the two subjects are being interviewed(mother and son) – would have been relatively candid. When we watch the main subjects interview you can tell it has been set up. Going through her lines. She has notes. They would have gona through many interview processes.
‘The Thin Blue Line’ – another clip
Shows that you don;t have to be locked in to the traditional informational style of documentary. You can recreate – but have to be careful you don’t rely on acting skills. Interesting to compare it to drama. Smaller budget. It is shot on a shoestring, it is reasonably accomplished.
AND ANOTHER CLIP…will notice that there is quite a lot of intercuts. One person is saying something and another is contradicting the other, or they could be agreeing, or they could be conflicting slightly.
In documentary there is a lot more space to experiment.
‘Metal y Melancolia’ – a clip
The director and the camera operator don;t miss a trick. They have their techniques sorted out. Its a difficult thing to hand hold camera, and move the way they did. From one shot to another. You get the feeling the subject has shown the ‘trick’ to someone else before.
The point of the last clip is to show us the tricks of the trade. The tools that we have, the weapons we have in our arsenal. All the different ways and techniques.
Interviews: Audio as voice, over, music, soundscapes, drama, montage
So that’s all…folks.