Making a Micro-documentary on a Shoestring Budget: Pre-production

Jetnikoff, Anita (2008) Making a Micro-documentary on a Shoestring Budget: Pre-production. Screen Education, 51, pp. 98-104.

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Making a micro-documentary on a shoestring budget is quite a doable task, especially if you are a student. Let me make it clear from the start that I am not writing about making a documentary for the open market. I am talking here about making documentaries for beginners in educational contexts. Over the last seven years I have executively produced about 60 student micro-documentaries, all of them with tiny budgets. This article is for teachers and students of media who traditionally have little or no extra budget to work with beyond their school's media equipment. This article focuses on pre-production, which involves: modelling and contextualisation of the product, forming production teams, brainstorming, research, planning, designing, 'semi-scripting' the narrative and pitching the documentary concept. Although this is designed mainly for media curriculum contexts, the basic techniques and elements of documentary making can be used across the curriculum. This is the first of two articles, the next of which will focus on production and post production.

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ID Code: 14744
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This is a practical hands-on guide to pre-production for those wanting to make documentaries in educational settings.
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Keywords: Documentary production, preproduction, making digital media in educational contexts
ISSN: 1449-857X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Teachers of Media
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:03

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