Documentary Elements



Narration / Voice Over 


Stock / Archival / File – footage 


Footage of Places/Landscapes/Cities


Graphics / Animation 


Sound Effects


Location Sound

Subtitles / Titles / Text / Captioning

Special Effects e.g. slow motion and etc. 


Introduction for ‘The Blues’

Currently we have taken a couple of opening shots from the Cathedral in Perth. We will only be using a few of these segments in a way to unveil to the audience a particular cycle of Connor’s (the protagonist) as he attempts to process the loss of his mother. These shots from the Cathedral, show Connor’s attempt to turn to God and religion for answers in her absence. However, as we intend on having additional shots that are supposedly darker, it shows that religion has not proven to have helped Connor. Hence the darker shots of say, a knife or scribbles on a page, unveil notions of depression and insanity. 

Cinematographer & Scriptwriter


A cinematographer or director of photography is the chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image.

In the British system of cinematography, the director of photography sometimes credited as the lighting cameraman, is responsible for lighting the set and the visual look of the film, but has no final say over more purely camera operating-based visual elements such as framing. This system means that the director consults the lighting cameraperson for lighting and filtration, and the operator for framing and lens choices.

Whereas in the American system, the technical crew is subordinate to the director of photography, who, along with and next to the director, has the final word on all decisions related to both lighting and framing, color and tone.


A writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media such as films, television programs, comics or video games are based.

Every screenplay and teleplay begins with a thought or idea, and screenwriters use those ideas to write scripts, with the intention of selling them and having them produced. The majority of the time, a film project gets initiated by a screenwriter and because they initiated the project, the writing assignment exclusively becomes his or hers.

After a screenwriter finishes a project, he or she pairs with an industry-based representative, such as a producer, director, literary agent or entertainment executive. These partnerships will often pitch their project to investors or others in a position to further a project. Once the script is sold the writer only has the rights that were agreed with the purchaser.

Sometimes screenwriters come on as advisors for the development of the film, or if they are established, as a producer. Some screenwriters are even able to direct.

Documentary on ‘Homelessness’ Plan

How is this an issue?

Homelessness is an issue within contemporary society as it conflicts with the idea of human rights, solidarity and human dignity. Approximately 100,000 people are experiencing homelessness across Australia. The major causes of homelessness amongst women include domestic violence, sexual assault and family breakdown. These women often have a lack of control in their lives because they are dependant on others to provide accommodation.

  • 10% of homeless persons are under 12 years old
  • 36% are between the ages of 12 and 24
  • 30% are between the ages of 25 and 44
  • 24% are over 45 years old

Impacts of homelessness: social security, right to vote, freedom and healthcare. – Australian Human Rights Commission.

Possible Titles

  • Deprived
  • Without
  • Silence
  • Out of the way 
  • Pushed below
  • Outcast


  • A selection of clips revealing a number of homeless people in Perth City as well as Fremantle.
  • A number of interviews with homeless locals. Unveils how widespread the issue is.
  • Natural audio to emphasize on how people walk past the people who are in need of our help.


  • One of us will go undercover as a homeless person and investigate the way in which both homeless and non-homeless people interact with each other.
  • Interviews with homeless people to see what its like to live out in the street.
  • Visit soup kitchens – “soup patrol”


Semester 1 Exam Preparation

Feel free to visit my page entitled ‘Semester 1 Exam Preparation‘. The name is self-explanatory, the page is merely comprised of all the notes I have summated in preparation for my semester 1 exam. They concern topics such as mise en scene, codes and conventions and production context as well as the studies of three films: Blade Runner (1982), Mulholland Drive (2001) and The Square (2008). There are also some notes on short excerpts from other films as well.




Invented by Jack Foley, a man who worked on sound for big movie productions. This is a cheaper option for many producers as opposed to recording the real-life sounds.

Anything that moves through the screen is provided with a background sound of it, this is done through Foley’s manipulative use of real-life objects and materials to create the sound desired.

Foley is a craft where a lot of people try it and fail at it. In order to be good at foley, it is best that they had a good imagination and excellent timing in order to establish a realistic/matching feel to the particular scene.

Jack Foley describes it as being heavily influenced by energy and intensity.