• George Muiruri

PROJECT 3: DOCUMENTARY- The Development of Chinese language.


Around the 14~15th century, China isolated its self from the rest of the world. As a result, this greatly impacted the growth and spread of the language.

From a period during which China had isolated its self from the rest of the world to a time in which Chinese in a globally recognized language, this documentary focuses on the development and growth of this language, the challenges it has faced rising form it’s period of isolation and what roles It plays in our society today. The documentary also touches on the facts that have contributed to this growth overtime and

Production Timeline

OCT 25 (Today):

Plan out the project, decide, who to meet and when to meet them.

OCT 27 (Thursday)

Rent out equipment.

Plan interview questions, key areas of focus etc.

Attend the Language Table (8 – 10pm) Get some footage and some recordings. Maybe plan future interviews if necessary.

Finish & submit write up

OCT 28 (Friday)

Tentative date to interview the professor. Depending on availability.

NOV 1 (Tuesday)

Gather some B-Roll footage. (We might also spend this time getting stills of other materials for the documentary. Books etc.)

Record Ambient sounds for the documentary.

NOV 3 (Thursday) – NOV 8 (Tuesday)

Editing… more editing… even more editing.

Make final improvements and publish video

NOV 10(Thursday)

Critique: Show up to class like a BOSS!!!

List of Tasks and Who Is Responsible For Them

  • Filming B-Roll (Angel)

  • Filming and Setting Up Interviews(Ada)

  • Recording Ambient Sounds and Study Sessions(Riley)

  • Editing(George)

  • *All of these tasks were done together, but we put each of us in charge of a specific task.

Types of Shots-

  • Close-ups of people flipping through Chinese books

  • Extreme close-ups of people writing in Chinese

  • Low-angle shots of people walking

  • Variety of long-shots, medium shots and full shots of professor teaching her class

  • Use rule of thirds when shooting interview parts

  • Long shots of B-roll film

Types of Ambient Sounds

  • Various voices of students conversing (muffled and decrease in volume)

  • Room tone (light talking, quiet natural room tone sounds)

  • Sounds of cars passing if we record somewhere where the background appears to be city-like.


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