Nanook of the North, Pathepicture
 

Documentary

     
 
This iMovie exercise teaches:
 


● How to scan, classify, discard, highlight and select shots
● How to find your story line in events that “just happen”
● How to stay honest and express a point-of-view
● How to format a digital release
● How to identify an audience

(Instructions for Windows Movie Maker are here).
 
  1. Download these sixteen shots and a sound file from which filmmaker Allie Humenuk created a one minute eighteen second scene in Shadow of the House (2007). The documentary treats photographer Abelardo Morell.  
  2. In the context of the movie she was constructing, the filmmaker had her uses for these shots and sound. Allie Humenuk explains:  
 
  "This sequence of Abelardo Morell spotting his photographs is taken from a longer film I made called Shadow of the House. The clips supplied here are the raw footage. They can be edited to tell many different stories about Abelardo. Key for my story was to reveal that Abelardo does his own spotting and to launch the next sequence that is about growing up in New York after have been exiled from Cuba."  
 
  4. Create a new standard iMovie project. Call it "Documentary." Import the shots into your project. To scan a shot, you can skim it by dragging the cursor over it. While you skim, audio, if any, is also audible.  
  5. To classify footage, " you can select a shot or a frame range in the event library. Click "Favorite," "Reject," or "Undo Favorite or Undo Reject." To identify similar shots, you can select each in the event library. Click "Keyword." Select or create the keyword to apply.(A clip may bear several keywords).  
 
 
 
6.To view any or all shots bearing a keyword or a combination of keywords, you can filter your shots. Click this icon at the bottom of the events library.
 
  7. Classifying, key wording, or simply viewing and repositioning them in the work area, assemble your shots in a visual sequence that establishes the story line that you see in this action.  
  8. Then build your sound track.  
  Picture and audio tracks are severable (Edit>Detach Audio). So you can reposition nearly all the photographer says. To mute a shot, (Edit>Mute Clip). To add the sound of one clip to another, select a clip in the event library and drag it atop one in work area. Choose "Audio Only." To replace a clip's original sound track with a new one (Edit>Mute Clip).  
  9. Other elements might express your point of view without distorting what the footage documents. Footage of Castro? Snapshots of the photographer in academic robes? Times Square in 1962? A phrase or two from the "Exile and Art" .mp3? Context makes meaning. Imagination unveils reality.  
  10. Seeking the essential, the film maker built this scene in Shadow of the House.  
 
 
  10. When you have built your scene, identify an audience.  
  Film maker Allie Humenuk exhibited Shadow of the House at art museums and film festivals and offers the DVD for sale to individuals and institutions. Would multiplex audiences also respond? Vimeo? YouTube? Other film festivals?  
 
 
  The movie that begins in your mind expands to edges of the universe. Make film history.