Before listing the sources relevant to our digital media project, I’d like to give a brief introduction about the project: We name it WE X UOW as it tells stories between we and UOW. It consists of several international students’ bitter-sweet life stories. By displaying these stories, we are trying to arouse people’s deep thoughts on both sides of the convergence of different culture and ethnics.
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To diversify forms of the project, I have found some instructions on how to take well-composited photos, and how to make rhythmic videos and audios. Besides, for backing up the project, I have read many news reports, academic articles, and watched previous documentary films on international students’ life on YouTube.
I divide my annotated bibliography into two parts. The first part talks about the instructions on technologies; the second part talks about the back-up information.
1.Wikihow:How to Create a Good Documentary Film
For better showing an international student’s life status, we choose documentary films as the main form of our project. So at the very beginning, I turn to suggestions on how to make good documentary films, and this article really helps. It teaches detailedly and thoroughly how to create a good documentary film. I have drawn a flow chart according to the article.
With the help of this chart have I done the rest preparing work for the digital artefact.
2.Wikihow: How to Make a Movie
Documentary film is just one kind of the bigger scope– film, so getting to know how to make a movie does help in making good documentaries. The article tells about how to make a movie in a simple and plain way. It gives me ideas on what kind of equipment I should prepare before I go out for shooting, on how to shoot with the equipment I have, and also on how to edit the videos I have shot.
Since it is the first time for me to shoot a serial documentary, I need to search for many instructions on technique skills, and I just regard this as a beginning.
3. PDF: The (aerobic) ART of INTERVIEWING
In making a documentary film, it is inevitable to interview people. This article just gives an instruction on how to interview people, which means how to let people speak to you, and also speak truly to you. An interview is never a random exchange where either party can contribute as they wish, instead, it is a structured dialogue with a FOCUS. After reading this article, I come to realize that something like interesting life/unusual experiences/rare expertise needs to be added to my outline for the film. Finally, it turns out that this has become the most splendid part of the documentary film.
4.40 Tips to Take Better Photos
The article written by Lisa Clarke gives 40 tips on how to take better photos. Although her article received responses of both support and opposition, I consider it a good direction for green hands like me. The three tips I love most are:
- You’ve got to be joking.
- Shoot with your mind: Even when you’re not shooting, shoot with your mind. Practice noticing expressions and light conditions. Work out how you’d compose a picture of that scene over there that interests you, and what sort of exposure you might use to capture it best. — Leah Robertson
- Have a camera on you at all times.
As I’d like to make real documentaries with practical significance, it is better for me to bring a camera with me all the time to avoid letting any particular moment go.
5. A website called: Digital Camera World
This website is composed of six main sections as showed in the screenshot picture above: Photography Tips, Photo Editing, Reviews, Cheat Sheets, Photo Ideas, and Photo Club. Photography Tips gives tips on how to take good photos, Photo Editing tells skills about how to use Photoshop and Lightroom, Reviews compares cameras of different brands, Cheat sheet provides novice photographers with knowledge they will use when taking photos, Photo Ideas gathers different ideas from website users, and Photo Club is open for members of the website.
I always check the website if I find something confuses me when I am doing my project.
6.Youtube: How To Take Professional Photographs
In the video, Nick Wood, a professional photographer, talks about three key elements on taking professional photographs: keep the composition right, keep the lighting right, and make adjustments with those softwares on your computer. The third element is quite important for me. Since we are going to shoot a documentary film and we want to keep the truth, it is a bit hard for us to make up perfect photos of videos without adjusting.
For more, give yourself a try to Part II.