A film is created within the framework of the (inter)connected Media Project. The film serves to pass on knowledge as well as to discuss controversial questions.
Conscious planning and preparation helps to ensure that the people you are supporting during a project are able to reach their goal, and not deviate or get lost along the way. Use becreate.ch to plan, prepare, and execute your film project.
Apart from the media elements, (inter)connected Media Learning also understands the role of the creative and project supporter/lecturer.
The Web-Based Training will provide you with an extensive introduction to all these aspects:
This link will start Chapter 4, '(Inter)connected Media Learning' in the Web-Based Training 'Create'.
This brief video quickly introduces you to this new concept of learning, and shows you what you can expect from the Web-Based Training and tools:
The individual project phases
Just like other project types, the (inter)connected Media Project has an opening and a closing part. This is represented by the diamond shape. Iterations could occur during these parts. The circle is indicative of this.
Thereafter, the project phases are described.
1. Select and clarify the challenge
You explain the assignment during this phase.
Is an assignment/question provided, or can you pick a topic, or even think of one yourself? What interests you and your group in particular? What could interest your audience in particular?
Have the project participants understood each other, or is more clarification needed?
Depending on the options, you can pick a topic that is controversial and invites discussion, maybe one that your target audience does not know much about yet, or one that they believe they have a clear opinion about. Choose a question/topic for which you are ready to convey a novel or different perspective.
The purpose of this phase is to capture the prior knowledge of everyone involved, and to make an inventory of all the resources that are available or still to be developed. It is crucial to liberate oneself from existing ideas and open the mind to new concepts.
Utilise a separate poster for this during the first session, and put it up somewhere in the room where it is visible and easily accessible, so that it can be consulted, added to, and above all, used at any time.
The idea here, is to create a concept that considers many decisions: How should the assignment be realised in terms of content, multimedia and organisation? With what resources?
You specify the questions that arise from the assignment? However, planning is not merely defining the approach – it also includes an ‘opening’ dimension. You will begin to research topic-related texts, graphics, dates and studies. You will also investigate, in order to find relevant interview and practice partners, and possible filming locations, settings and environments.
The screenplay is not just essential to your film, but also serves as a project management instrument, for example, for planning milestones and dates.
Here, at the latest, the ideas and content that have been conceived so far will be finalised and written down. You determine the sequences, content, sources, interviews and filming locations. You present the first version of your screenplay at a meeting, where you will also get valuable feedback from the project supporters or your colleagues, so that you can make amendments accordingly.
5. Shooting period
Most of the video and sound material is created during the shooting period.
However, it is not solely about shooting the material, but also about understanding the topic and answering the questions. This is the only that the material can be meaningfully integrated during subsequent phases.
You do proceed according to the script, but what is important is that you understand the topic and immerse yourself in it further, and that you continue your research at the location, ask more questions during the interviews, depending on the answers, or shoot additional scenes
Archive your created material every day, to enable fast access later.
6. Turning point, harvest
The conclusion of the shooting period marks the turning point of your project. A range of materials and impressions have come to life. Just as, during an agricultural harvest, the grain is threshed, milled and made into bread, you must now sift out the usable material and knowledge, and use it to create an audiovisual end product in the subsequent cutting phase.
7. Cutting phase
The goal of this phase is to provide an answer to the initial question. Combine existing content like audio, video, text, pictures and so forth, in a way that allows the target audience of your film to both follow and understand your reasoning and, as a result, learn something new.
Use the knowledge gained from the previous phases to evaluate the material and decide what must be integrated; you might find that you need to shoot more footage or do further research.
At the end of this phase, the film is converted into a suitable format and uploaded to your learning platform.
The presentation phase consists of the professional presentation, reflection and mutual feedback.
Look for suitable channels, where you can publish the finished audiovisual project. It is possible that the project supporter will assist you, or perhaps a publication was defined at the beginning of the project. That way, your knowledge will be accessible to others.