Baboon Films – First Mini-Documentary

Over the course of this week, we learned how to put together a script for our mini-documentary on our trip to Notre Dame. At the end of the week, we worked on voice-overs and putting together our script.

We used an old PNN script as an example — it showed us a lot more about how the structure of a script worked as well as the significant role images will play in our mini-documentary. We learned how important it was to have relevant images — they are eye-grabbing and help maintain our audience’s attention. However, words are just as important as well. They tell the story & provide context to the images we display. Here’s one of the stills I used, which was paired with words to create an immersive storytelling experience:

Our Biology Seminar class looks on in anticipation as Dr. Archie begins to explain the significance of baboons to her research. This is just one of the many stills I used in my mini-documentary, and images like these are important for enhancing the story woven throughout the video.
Here’s an example of another still I used — a baboon. This was taken by Mr. McNulty, and it highlights the primary subject matter of the field trip as well as its significance. A picture truly does speak a thousand words.

One of us finished her voice-over by the end of today — in order to ensure that our voice-over was clear of as much background noise as possible, we remained quiet while she recorded herself. Over the course of next week, we will work more on our mini-documentary as well as learning more about Adobe Premiere.

This is what my project looked like at the beginning. There isn’t much to look at, but I had made a solid start. It’s amazing how much Adobe Premiere can do, and the combination of images, audio, and video all formed the foundation for a fantastic mini-documentary.
Here is the thumbnail for my mini-documentary.

Notre Dame was an educational experience — and we are still learning from it months after the trip! You can view my script here:


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