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HAPHAZARD BLOGUMENTARY OUTLINE

Guaranteed to change, and hopefully coalesce.

INTRO
Voxpops -- fake news story about blogs?
My own geek background.... dataman, computers, BBS's.. gopher, web, blogs
I post all kinds of things on my blog.. ice castle pics/video.. bbq... funny movies...politics... I Am the Media

WHAT ARE BLOGS?
Blogs 101
Geek roots of blogs... tools... Rebecca blood
Bloggies/Nikolai Nolan?


9/11 - WAR BLOGS Jarvis, Dash

Power of Blogs came to prominence with Trent Lott [Footage... Joshua Marshall...]

BLOGS = JOURNALISM? (Blood, Jarvis, Iraq, BBC guy, Salam Pax)
** NEW: Blog creds at DNC

Blogging of the President...Christopher Lydon intro

HOWARD DEAN campaign... first campaign to have a blog.
- Riding high in late '03 when i visited. Intercut Mathew Gross and Trippi...
- Trippi's Red Bat/blog comment story, intercut with Dean footage
- Cameron Barrett on Clark Blog
- Then... DEAN SCREAM!

LOCAL ACTION
Lori starts a blog revolution...
** VISUAL: Broadcast towers, different sizes, freedom of speech quantity. Microbroadcasting!
Lori and I got more involved.. became delegates... DFL State Convention
Blogged Kucinich - video. Blogged convention - posted video, Ryback speech about bus strike
BLOG ACTION ALERT - success! Intercut with footage of buses

LOVE IN THE BLOGOSPHERE
Meg + Kottke
Heather + Derek

DANAH PURSE INCIDENT: Overdocument our lives, photos, Networked crime solving, Diversity? Race?

BLOGS SAVE LIVES - Crystal

Blogs are about CONNECTIONS!
MOM -- I LEARNED ABOUT HER CANCER TREATMENT FROM BLOG.
My friends... in MN and world

INTERNATIONAL - Carmela, Matt...

OH SHIT, I DELETED MY BLOG
... memory... blog is extension of myself...
Swarming... Technorati....interconnectedness.....SWAMI? unprecedented global conversation... V'ger
Chuck is a blogbaby in the universe....

May 21, 2004 at 01:07 PM in Blogumentary | Permalink

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chuck,
very cool to see the outline.
It's nice to know someone else is at the same stage in their documentary, although completely different subject. What helped me was to build a real solid outline, number each section, and then go through all the usable clips and code them all, place the clips into there corrisponding final cut bins, then build from there, one section at a time. you still have a lot of footage to sort through, but anything you can do to filter it down will help, at least so far for me.

good topics. I was thinking it would also be cool to hear some negative impacts and influences relating to your topics if there are any.

although not of any interest to your readers, this is my outline I'm working with for the Sleep Documentary.

1- parasomnias - what/who/how many
2- 7 patients case introductions and stories
3- History/science
4- patient explainations / fears
5- self diagnosis / self treatment / controlling episodes
6- impact on family and friends
7- finding the clinic / bad advice
8- inside the clinic / overnight studies / staging sleep
9- medication / treatment approaches
10- reactions to recovery - friends and family
11- connections to Parkensens / latest research
12- hope for future / closing

my biggest trouble is keeping it short and figuring what to throw out. perhaps I could just do what tarentino did and call it a 2 part series or have a stranger watch it and tell me what sucks.

Posted by: Brian at May 25, 2004 6:51:21 PM

Yeah, I've lately been thinking I don't have enough negative aspects of blogging. I have run across a few people saying what blogs aren't good for. I guess I just need to throw in one of the bloggers getting fired stories!

Your outline IS of interest to, well, at least a couple people. Matt sent me a great email about documentary structure. Here's most of it:
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DOCUMENTARY STRUCTURE (90 min +)

FIVE KEY IDEAS (WITH CONCLUSION)
(NOTE: These are not events or subjects, but ideas. They too should build, one by one, in a logical progression. In other words, they're not headings like "9/11 - War Blogs" or "Blogs = Journalism?" but more like "Blogs as Extension of Self," which logically progresses to, say, "Blogs as Connections to Others," which builds to "Blogs as a Social Phenomenon" to "Blogs as Catalyst for Significant and Lasting Change". I might use these on this example structure just to help make my point)

Each KEY IDEA makes up a 20 minute segment:

KEY IDEA 01. BLOGS - A SHORT HISTORY

KEY IDEA 02. BLOGS AS AN EXTENSION OF SELF

KEY IDEA 03. BLOGS AS CONNECTIONS TO OTHERS

KEY IDEA 04. BLOGS AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON

KEY IDEA 05. BLOGS AS CATALYST FOR SIGNIFICANT AND LASTING CHANGE

The CONCLUSION makes up a stand-alone 3 to 5 minute segment. Think about the final few minutes of "Bowling for Columbine," for instance. The entire film is either summarised [like in an essay], or a final burst of energy takes us into the credits. Remember the power of a good final shot.

So, as we know, each KEY IDEA is broken up into a 20 minute segment.

Now, each 20 MINUTE SEGMENT is broken up into a number of "Sub-Ideas" or "Sub-Segments" of between 3 and 5 minutes in length. These sub-ideas should also progressively build into one another so that the last sub-idea is a natural point of departure into the next key idea. I will look at BLOGS AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON to demonstrate.

KEY IDEA 04. BLOGS AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON (20 min)

- The Initial Emergence the Power of Blogs (Trent Lott) (3.5 min)
- The Continuing Emergence of the Power of Blogs (9/11 and the War Blogs) (6.5 min)
- The Question of Blogs as a Journalistic Force (5 min)
- The Zenith of Blogs and their Current Power (The Blogging of a President) (5 min)

The last segment, "The Zenith of Blogs and their Current Power" is the perfect place to kick-off into BLOGS AS CATALYST FOR SIGNIFICANT AND LASTING CHANGE, where all the really big questions of blogging - its potential and its future - might be addressed.

Of course, this is just a guidline and you don't need to use any of these academic-sounding titles *in* the picture [in fact, it's probably better if you don't], but they're just there to give you some idea, on paper, of what you're cutting, when, and why. Remember, for all its entertainment value, a documentary needs to construct an argument of some type, and it has to build dramatically!

Posted by: Chuck at May 25, 2004 10:16:57 PM