From the October 'Documentary Filmmaking for Teens' course at CPW led by Russell Richardson
Our 5ive students mixed personal portraits, local scenery and a self-descriptive voice over to produce these portraits.
The object of these unprepared and largely unguided exercises was to try to create spontaneously, and rely upon simplicity, thinking on one's feet and very minimal technology - here, 'flip' cameras and cellphones, which do not permit aperture change, have a fixed focus (wide...) lens and fully automatic settings.
Similarly, the rapid edit only allowed for hard cuts, no effects at all and the sound was from a single take.
The 5ive of the title is styled after Lars von Trier's '5ive Obstructions' - one of the documentary films we looked at, to see the value of limited means.
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