Documentaries due 4/21/10 at 1:30 p.m..
You have worked on understanding discourse communities, completed a
genre analysis, conducted empirical research and analyzed your findings
in the Literature Review/Report. Now you will use this knowledge to
produce your own argument in a documentary film intended for a specific
audience. This project may be done collaboratively in groups of no more
than 3-4 students.
Compose: Using either Macintosh (I-Movie, Garage Band
and Motion) or Windows (MovieMaker or PhotoStory) software, you will
plan, write, film, and revise a documentary film that creates awareness
and/or advocates for a change in thinking or behavior. Your film should
attempt to persuade a specific audience and have a specific purpose. The
length of film should be approximately 5-7 minutes long.
Save I-Movie files as a .mov and MovieMaker files as .wmv. Ensure
that the video and audio of the film are of good quality, and that the
files will upload/play correctly on your E-portfolio.
Design: As you begin, read Chapter 9 “About Visual Modes of
Communication,” pgs. 263-314, in the Compose, Design, Advocate
textbook. Next, consider the necessary technology needed for your film.
The I-Movie Suite includes:
I-Movie: allows offers you templates to create your
film from beginning to end.
Garage Band: allows you to create multi-audio tracks. You
can add your own recorded narration to these tracks, import music,
create original music, and use Garage Band’s copyright free sound
Motion: offers you endless special effect
possibilities with its copyright free effects or your original
allows you to format and burn your film to a DVD so it looks exactly
like a professional film with templates for scene selection, language
selection, handicap option selections, etc.
PC Equivalents include:
Window Movie Maker: part of the software found on Microsoft
PhotoStory: can be downloaded for free at
Your film should follow this structure:
Title page with names, class, and title of film
Introduction – state and/or show background, history, or general
status of the issue
Claim – state and/or show your side of the issue, what you want to
persuade your audience to think or do
Support—state and/or show reasons to support your claim using
Conclusion—bring the documentary to a close and give your viewers
something more to consider
Fair Use Statement/Copyright/Credits
Do not put yourself, or others, in any dangerous situations in the
making of your film.
Do not show any illegal activity or potentially incriminate others
in the making of your film.
Do not use video/images/language that is not suitable for an
academic setting and discourse community. Remember that you film will be
shown in class and could be shown in wider venues at the end of the
Product Testing: Workshops will be set up to learn various
software abilities. Many of these will be during your hybrid day, so be
sure to plan ahead. If you use your own video, make sure that your
camera is compatible with applicable software. Upload your completed
film to your E-portfolio.
Advocate: As college students you have both opportunity and responsibility
to be heard, to educate your community and produce a valuable piece of
work that can be used. Producing a visual argument advocating for
specific issues facing your generation is a wonderful way for you and
your peers to positively contribute to your generation’s present and
Key Elements Checklist:
compatibility between hardware and software
functionality of the film on your E-portfolio
that it advocates and persuades