Independent Study – Mini-Documentaries (Portraits)

I have begun my independent study at CCS in which I will be producing two mini-documentaries, or more accurately named, portrait pieces.

Here is my project proposal:

I am proposing to make two mini-documentaries, what would essentially be considered portraits, of people that I find to have an interesting story in a subject area that I am passionate about (i.e. photography, filmmaking, nature, etc). I am aiming for them to be 10 minutes in length, including the beginning and ending credits.

This project is inspired by the mini-documentary work of one of my favorite filmmakers, Philip Bloom. The reason why I want to make these two mini-documentaries is so that I may learn what goes into the production of a documentary, while other reasons include honing my audio recording, cinematography, visual storytelling, and pre-production skills. I feel this will be a refreshing change of pace from the work that I do normally, and that I will learn a lot through the whole process of producing these two mini-documentaries.

I am currently in the research phase of my project, which includes settling on a subject area, finding people that fit within that subject, figuring out what equipment I would be using, viewing films that are similar in nature and taking notes on them (I’ll include a few videos from Philip Bloom below), and my production schedule. A few subjects that I had in mind were: technology, cameras, filmmaking, photography, design, nature, and furniture.


Mini-Documentaries from Philip Bloom

Portrait of a Percussionist from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Portrait of a projectionist from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Ponte Tower from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

If not now when: The documentary from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Great Wooden Boats: RED EPIC from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

An Amish Man from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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