Documentary Description

Documentary Main Event:

Event Description: 

Teams of 2-4 students will research and produce a documentary on a LOCAL issue, topic, or person of importance to your community. The documentary should strive to add value to the general discussion by bringing in new information, identifying unrecognized problems, providing or suggesting new solutions or offering a unique perspective.  

If the documentary is a biography: Whether your subject is living or deceased, he or she should have a strong connection to the Central Valley, and the film should utilize student interviews with the subject, his or her friends and family or those who have expert knowledge of him or her. 

If the individual is deceased: Photos and/or video footage of that person along with testimonials and interviews from the subject’s friends and family should be the backbone of the film. This is NOT a typical class biography report translated into a film; it must emphasize topics or people of LOCAL importance. 

Common Core Standards: 

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples.  

Designing and Creating your Project: 

  • The process of creating your project should take on the following steps: 
  • Research a Topic – Pick a topic for the Documentary, find some factual information about the topic. (If the film is a biography, be sure to include at least two interviews). 
  • Prepare the Script – Write down some type of script that would include a narrative and describe the scene. 
  • Produce a Storyboard – Use cards, pictures, or drawings to represent the sequence of the shots for your project. 
  • Shooting the Project – The actual shooting of the video and pictures to be used in the project. 
  • Video Editing – Software will be used to edit video and mix in sound, graphics, and animation. 

Technical Requirements: 

  • Adobe Premiere, WeVideo & Microsoft Video Editor software can be used and will be the only software available for the Live Challenge event.
  • Videos MUST BE uploaded as an mp4 format. Free online video converter: frefreemakezamzar, or MPEG Streamclip. 
  • The video file needs to be less than 200 MB. 
  • The video needs to be 5 minutes or less (The credits DO NOT count as part of the time limit). 
  • Final project must be submitted by 10:00 pm on March 6, 2020, to the TOT App Submission Portal
  • Complete all release forms for likenesses and locations and follow all copyright requirements.

Reward Points: 

5pts

The documentary meets the time limit maximum of 5 minutes. The credits DO NOT count as part of the time limit

10pts

Research was well conducted on topic of video and includes a minimum of 2 interviews if it is a biography.

10pts

Video emphasizes the importance of the topic covered and how it relates to the Central Valley.

10pts

Driving focus for entire length of film.

10pts

General audio quality is balanced throughout the film.

10pts

Music selection matches the tone of the video.

15pts

Film follows basic film techniques (rule of thirds, transitions, lighting, jump-cuts), and is well executed (focus, exposure, audio, composition, graphics, special effects).


Documentary Live Challenge:

Scenario: 

In this event, your team of 2 or 4 students will produce a video about an individual of importance in Technology. The team will be given a name and be required to research and emphasize 3-5 key points about this individual. Using the video software of their choice, teams will collaborate to produce a video and plan their presentation.  

The film should answer a few key questions: 

  1. Introduce your person of importance and provide some interesting Biofacts. 

  1. What contributions has this person made to "topic"? 
  1. How has this person impacted the way we think as students? 
  1. How has this individual impacted society? 

Challenge:  

  • Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, We Video, or Microsoft Video Editor, teams will collaborate to produce a video and plan their presentation.  
  • Video must emphasize and elaborate on key points provided. 
  • Video must have an Intro slide including the person’s name and picture.  
  • Students can add video (student-created from computer cam) and/or pictures (or a combination of both) to be used in the project scenes. 
  • Include audio files provided (optional). 
  • Include voiceovers using headsets (optional). 
  • Video MUST be a maximum of 2 minutes.  

Time:  

Your team will have:  

  • 50 minutes to import, review and edit the video
  • Judges will view original Blockbuster after students leave.
  • IT will export the MP4 file to the team’s thumb drive (Do not leave until this is completed and IT has received your file).

Judge Questioning/Check In:

  • As teams are working judges will approach each group and ask 3-4 questions about their work based on participation, collaboration, and creativity.  Each group member is expected to be ready to answer these questions.

Tips:

As with most of the live challenges, teams will need to be very careful with time management. They should allocate at least a few minutes to review their video and prepare for the presentation to the judges.

  • This year, students can only use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, WeVideo or Microsoft Video Editor for the Live Challenge.
  • IT will provide laptops as they always have to contain Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2017) and Microsoft Video Editor and of course, students will also have access to use online video editors such as WeVideo.
    • Students that use We Video will need to know how to access the website and log in to We Video.

Day of:

  • Each computer will contain the files necessary to complete the event.
  • When Teams complete projects and BEFORE leaving the room:
  • Teams must verify their file exists on their application of choice.
  • With the help of an IT technician, teams must export the video as an MP4 onto the master flash drive with the team’s name and event abbreviation:
  • Example: TechGirlsDoc.mp4
  • Teams may leave the event room ONLY when the video is verified on the flash drive (with a judge or IT person) as a working mp4.

You will receive up to:

5pts

Timing – meets the time limit of 2 mins or less

5pts

Team collaboration during the planning stage.

5pts

Incorporation & participation of all team members when answering judges’ questions.

5pts

Creativity of the video

5pts

Video emphasizes the person’s bio, contributions, and value to the “TOPIC TBD”

5pts

Video contains the Intro slide, flow is well managed with use of audio, images, voiceovers.

 

Getting Help: 

Visit the Documentary Documents Page to see a sample Design Document, Event support files, and sample Live Challenges to help prepare and practice.  

Contact Jonathan Graney at Jonathan.Graney@fresnounified.org if you have any further questions about this event.   


Documentary Reward Points:


Scoring Breakdown Description / Formula Max Points
Online Design Document 70
Live Event Live Challenge 30
Design Document Scoring Rubric
Category Exemplary Proficient Partially Proficient Incomplete

The documentary meets the time limit requirement of 5 minutes exactly. The credits DO NOT count as part of time limit.

The Documentary is 5 minutes exactly.

The Documentary is 1 minute over 5 min. timeframe.

The Documentary is 3 minutes over 5 min. timeframe.

The Documentary is 5 minutes over 5 min. timeframe.

Research was well conducted on topic of video.

The film provides clear, in depth & pertinent research on the topic. (Includes a minimum of 2 interviews if a biography).

A minimal amount of research is provided on the topic, and only some of it is pertinent to the topic. (Includes at least 1 interview if a biography).

Very little research is provided on the topic, making it unclear. (Includes at least 1 interview, but poorly executed if a biography).

Research on the topic does not exist. (Includes no interviews if a biography).

Video emphasizes the importance of the topic covered.

The film is unique and detailed in emphasizing the importance of the topic.

The film has some detail and emphasis, but lacks the importance and relation to the topic.

The film struggles to find the importance of the topic or how it relates to the topic.

There is no evidence of the film’s importance or relation to the topic.

Driving focus for entire length of film.

The focus carries strongly throughout the entire length of the film.

The film’s focus is satisfactory and may or may not be focused on the topic.

The film’s focus is weak and is not focused on the topic.

There is no evidence of focus in the film.

General audio quality is balanced throughout the film.

Audio quality is exceptionally balanced and voices are clear and precise throughout the film.

Audio quality is somewhat balanced throughout the film.

Audio quality was weak and unbalanced through much of the film.

No audio exists in the film.

Music selection matches the tone of the video.

Music selection and volume are exceptionally executed throughout the video.

Music selection is somewhat matched throughout the video.

Music selection was weak and only matched through a portion of the video.

Music selection is completely mismatched with video, or there is no music at all.

Documentary follows basic film techniques (rule of thirds, transitions, lighting, jump-cuts) is well executed (focus, exposure, audio, composition, graphics, special effects).

Film follows all basic film techniques. Everything in this Documentary is perfectly executed. No lighting issues. Editing choices all work to create a distinctive flow and flavor. Uses 6 or more camera angles.

Film is missing 1 or 2 basic film techniques. Documentary is technically well executed. Uses 4-5 Camera angles. Shots are framed, but SOMETIMES are too light/dark. Camera movement is MOSTLY smooth.

Film is missing 3-4 film techniques. Documentary is partially proficient, but lacks a distinctive flow. Uses only 2-3 Camera Angles. Shots are MOSTLY too light/dark. Camera movement is shaky & unsure at times.

Film is missing basic film techniques. Uses long continuous shots. Lighting is bad. Camera movement is distracting and shaky. There is no distinctive flow to the Documentary.
Live Challenge Scoring Rubric
Category Exemplary Proficient Partially Proficient Incomplete

The documentary meets the time limit requirement of 2 minutes or less.

The Doc. is 2 minutes or less.

The Doc. is + 0.5 minutes.

The Doc. is + 1 minutes.

The Doc. is + 2 or more minutes.

Team collaboration during the planning stage.

The team was highly collaborative throughout the process.

The team was mostly collaborative.

The team was somewhat collaborative.

The team had little to no collaboration.

Incorporation & participation of all team members when answering judges' questions.

EACH member of the team participated and answered a judge's question.

One member dominated slightly in the answering of judge questions.

One member dominated the majority of the answering of judge questions.

One member dominated the entire aspect of judge questions. Other members did not speak/talk at all.

Creativity of the video.

The video was very creative and includes audio.

The video was typical in its creativity.

The video was lacking in its creativity.

No creativity was present in the video.

Video emphasizes the person's bio, contributions, and value to the "Topic."

Team presents clear and engaging presentation covering their bio, contributions, and value to the "Topic."

Lacks engagement and emphasizes only one-two areas in their bio, contributions, and value to the "Topic."

Lacks engagement, focus, and emphasizes only one area of their bio, contributions, and value to the "Topic."

Lacks engagement, focus and does not emphasize any area of their bio, contributions, and value to the "Topic."

Effective Editing: Video contains: Intro Slide/Title, Audio/Music, Images/Video, Voiceovers, Transitions. Flow is well managed.

Incorporates all requirements into presentation with consistency and flow.

Incorporates all requirements with some inconsistency and minimal flow.

Incorporates almost no requirements and lacks consistency or flow.

Incorporates 0 requirements with no consistency or flow.