On the third day we are going to edit the documentary Insane Mountain Biking. This project is the story of Andrew Ingram, a talented mountain biker who is sponsored by several athletics apparel companies, talking about his dream to become a professional cyclist.
What I like about this project is that we show a what the bulk of professionally edited projects really are: interviews intercut with b-roll. Our first lesson is to cut down a ten minute interview into a three minute string out. Students will need to decide if they want to tailor their story more towards Andrew’s athletic sponsorships or more towards his dreams.
After they edit their string out I give the class some bad news: they need to take out an additional thirty seconds from the string out! The class will groan. At this point I bring one of the student’s string out’s to the front of the room. Together we take thirty seconds out of their string out. I pause after each line and ask, “does this help the sponsorship story, the dream story, or neither? Which story do you want to tell?” It’s amazing how fast that cut gets trimmed up.
In the afternoon, before we b-roll their string outs, it’s time for a treat. I’m going to introduce the class to the main concepts of documentary filmmaking. They are:
Next I introduce the five different kinds of documentaries; Poetic, Expositional, Observational, Participatory, and Reflexive - with fun examples of each.
Alright, the fun is over. Now it’s back to work.
The students cut down their projects I finally allow them to add all the fun b-roll that the Insane Mountain Biking project has.
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