Please CLICK THIS LINK to watch the 8-minute student created C-SPAN documentary titled, Intellectual Property. This film won 1st Place in the 2012 Student Cam Contest (that’s a $3,000 award). After you watch the film please answer the following questions. As usual, I’d appreciate it if you typed out your responses (though it’s not mandatory).
- How would you describe the style of the narrator in this film? Does he hold your attention? Do you find his narration engaging? Easy to follow? Visually appealing? Please explain (and be respectful! It’s harder than it looks!)
- The pacing and tempo in a documentary is very important. You don’t want to deliver too much information to fast and confuse your audience. At the same time, you don’t want to go so slow that you bore everyone to death. How would you describe the pacing and tempo of this short film? Is it effective? Just right? Please explain.
- The beginning of this film is a twenty second montage introducing the main topic that ends with the title of the film, Intellectual Property. What do you think of this idea of opening a short documentary with a montage? Can this be an effective “hook” in your point of view? Does it work in this film? Why or why not?
- Please share your ideas for the opening/introduction of your short documentary. Everyone needs a rough cut of their intros completed by winter break, so it’s a good time to start thinking about possible ideas.
- There is no personal story weaved into this documentary. The filmmaker does not include anyone who has a personal story to tell about their experiences with the current patent system. Does that take away from the film in your opinion? Why is it helpful or important to try and tell a personal story in a documentary film? How are you going to weave a personal story into your short documentary?
- Lastly, please honestly share your thoughts about this film. What are one or two things the filmmaker does well, and what are one or two things the filmmaker could improve on?