Monday, January 11, 2016

Documentary Requirement Checklist

Documentary Checklist:

·                  10-20 second intro to documentary with creative title
·                  Interviews with subjects with excellent audio.
·                  8-15 second interview sound bytes
·                  B-Roll that matches audio and/or enhances story
·                  Appropriate Music
·                  A conclusion: what is final or what is next?

·                  Credits: interview subjects, music, camera operator, and names of anyone who gave you photos or footage.

Monday, January 04, 2016

SCNN Commercial Treatment

SCNN Commercial Assignment





You will make a thirty second professional style commercial for a school related group, sport, club, or after-school function etc. Your commercial should be shot and edited in a high-energy style that encourages the other students in the school to either participate in and/or support your chosen group. You will have time during class to shoot the video, or you can shoot before or after school. Each student must do their own commercial.

Raw footage for the commercial is due at the end of the period on Thursday, January 14.
You can use class time on the 12th and 14th to shoot commercials.
You can also shoot during lunch, after school, and during Highlander Home.

Commercial Assignment Requirements:
  • Fade In and Fade Out.
  • Commercial must be exactly thirty seconds
  • 12 shot minimum-like music videos, most commercials use shots only two to five seconds in length.
  • Use music appropriate for the commercial and school group.
  • Use text in your commercial to emphasize in writing what you are trying to sell.
  • Create a nifty slogan or catch phrase. VERY IMPORTANT!
  • Use a variety of shots.
  • Shoot at least two complicated shots. For example, a ‘zoom in and pan’ or a ‘zoom out and truck’ etc.

Steps for assignment:
1. Answer Treatment questions below.
2. Email Treatment questions to adviser asking permission to shoot a commercial for the club, sport, or event. Introduce yourself. 
Please ask if they would like to meet in person to discuss the commercial. 
Please CC me in the email.

Commercial Treatment

You will write a detailed commercial treatment and send it to the coach or advisor of your club/activity/sport etc. You will ask for their permission to make a commercial and also for suggestions. You will also send me a copy (CC) of this email.

List of advisors:
School event Calendar

Answer treatment questions in COMPLETE sentences. 
My email address is

  1. What group have you selected as your subject?
  2. Why did you select this group and why do you think you can make an interesting commercial for this group?
  3. What is your original concept? How are you going to SELL your subject?
  4. What will your tag line be? It needs to be something catchy and memorable.
  5. What kind of music will you use in the background?
  6. When would you like to record this commercial? Do you need class time?