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{January 19, 2012}   Final Project- All About Me Documentary

For this project you will be creating a mini-documentary about yourself, hence the name all about me project.  This project must be done individually. Please remember that your content must be school appropriate.  Refrain from including inappropriate pictures, music or videos of you or anyone else.

Genre: Mini Documentary

Time: 3-4 minutes


  • Three interviews- 1 from parent or sibling, 1 from close friend, 1 from coach/teacher/neighbor/boss/grandparent, etc.
  • Pictures giving a timeline of your life so far or Homevideos of you growing up (We should see an age progression through the images)
  • Awards, Honors, Hobbies, Clubs, Sports
  • A glimpse into the future (where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15, 20 years)
  • A few of your favorite things


  • Please present the information in chronological order- start with the past, then the present, then move on to the future.
  • Please be sure to include 5 second intro (title of project, your name and picture) with your favorite song.
  • Please be sure to end with a transition to rolling credits with your favorite song (make sure to include special thank-yous to anyone who appeared in the video.
  • Voice over narration- choose any part of the video to include at least 30 seconds of voice over narration.  (Examples: Consider telling the story of your childhood, explaining a few of your favorite things, etc.)

Video Production Considerations:

  • Avoid dead air- times with no narration or music playing
  • Make sure to include clean transitions between clips
  • During interviews add a bottom title with the person’s name who is being interviewed.
  • Use flattering camera angles (remember bust shots, talking heads, etc.)
  • Clean footage (no fingers, no shaky shots- use a tripod if necessary)
  • Sound Volume- make sure you are adjusting the volume between clips; the sound should be consistent throughout.

Be creative- make sure the tone of the documentary reflects your personality, make choices based on the tone you want to reflect. (Consider fonts, colors, transitions, music they all should be consistent and add to the overall tone of your documentary)

This project is due Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by the end of the hour.  Because this counts as your final grade please remember that you cannot do any re-takes on this project and all late projects will be marked down.  I will not accept any late projects after Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the end of the 5th hour class (class ends at 2:44 pm). 


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