Research and Format – Ria

This week I spent a lot of my time researching different types of films and ways to make an engaging film about history. When I watch history films it is oftentimes hard for me to stay engaged if I do not have particular interest in the subject or is not made in a fun or interesting format. A film that is dense with information can be both hard to follow and also at times uninteresting. That being said, the format of the film can be just as crucial as the topic itself. Many would agree “it’s all in the presentation”. After looking at different types of films and watching trailers of all kinds I decided I wanted to make a picture film. After talking to my mentor he told me I can pull it off but there is also a chance it does not come out to be as engaging as I thought. I want my film to be comprised of photos depicting the stories I tell. I may include article headlines, photos of rulers, war scenes, perspectives from both Pakistan and India and Kashmir. I need a variation of photos in order to do this well and I need to learn many techniques. This will come from watching these types of films and replicating many techniques. I am excited to start storyboarding my video and laying out each scene: this has been the part of the seminar I’m most looking forward to doing.

Here is a link to some older history films made: Watching a film with the intention of looking at technique and format more so than the plot can provide a different lens to the film. http://www.history.com/films

3 thoughts on “Research and Format – Ria

  1. amaanstewart

    This is really exciting! I think this is a cool approach to your film. Has there been any historical documentaries that have stuck out to you?

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  2. dexcoengilbert

    Hopefully this question does not sound too ignorant, but what exactly is a picture film? Is it like a Ken Burns style of just still images dubbed with narration and music? Whatever it is, that is awesome that you are undertaking such a massive project.

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