Capstone Documentary: Where the rubber meets the road
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:12
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa -- The fall semester heads towards another dramatic close before the Christmas holiday. Many are scurrying to wrap up final papers and projects, and the term “all-nighter” is bandied about on campus much more frequently. This is the week many seniors are anxious and/or eager to turn in their senior capstone project, the culmination of all they have learned within their field of study. The Broadcast Communications department kicked off this week of deadlines with a showcase of documentaries on Saturday, December 1st. Many students and staff showed up and supported the nine seniors presenting their own directed and produced films, ranging in theme from sports, to politics, to human interest.
A documentary truly does reveal the level to which a BC major has learned and applied the production values taught in class. A student must first discover and develop an idea or theme, research the facts available, find sources for both collaboration, information, and interviews, craft a general structure of the story to be told, schedule interviews and filming dates, find and secure the necessary audio-visual equipment, proceed to filming, organize and log the material filmed, edit and hone down the storyline, and finally punch it up with supporting graphics, secondary video, and music. Whew!
There’s nothing like a “sink or swim” project to bring the head knowledge and theories learned to a practical and visible reality. As with any endeavor there are moments of great success and maddening frustration. Broadcast Communications Senior Connor Kobis developed his documentary, “4th and a Miracle”, from the accident involving Westminster’s assistant football coach, Scott Coy a few years ago. Kobis offers insight into things he learned from his “one man” production team for this documentary. His full documentary will be available on WCN247.com. Here are a few DO’s and DON’Ts learned by Kobis in the filming process.