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