Standard 1: Learner Development 2

Lesson Unit: Process Documentary

1(b) The teacher creates developmentally appropriate instruction that takes into account individual learners’ strengths, interests, and needs and that enables each learner to advance and accelerate his/her learning.

1(f) The teacher identifies readiness for learning, and understands how development in any one area may affect performance in others.

1(i) The teacher is committed to using learners’ strengths as a basis for growth, and their misconceptions as opportunities for learning.

1(j) The teacher takes responsibility for promoting learners’ growth and development.

A process documentary depicts the tasks, movements, and locations involved in a multi-step series of actions – a process, a job, an activity. The beginning, middle and end of the process constitute the story. The manner in which you shoot, edit, and otherwise construct it, is the art and design. This project consists of you creating a short movie that artfully depicts a process. This involves preparing a concept statement, writing an A/V script, storyboarding, capturing and editing footage that docu¬ments or showcases a process of your choice. This video is about telling a story visually, without dialogue, through a series of carefully considered shots edited together to suggest a specific time and place and held together via sound and/or music. Suggested duration is 1-2 minutes. Students will be assessed on their time management during each lesson and turning work on time.

Class Rubric

Nā Hopena Aʻo outcome(s): 

      Sense of Belonging

      Sense of Responsibility

      Sense of Aloha

Social Justice Anchor standard(s):



Process Documentary

I chose this artifact because it is a great way for students to showcase their special talents, something of value, or something cultural. I first provide my students with a storyboard structure, they then brainstorm what process they would like to document. The project is to teach students the basics of cinematography production. We will start from storyboards, to camera shots, uploading, to video editing, audio editing, exporting, and more. 

(Lesson Unit will be linked when completed)


1.     Identify your subject matter – the process you want to capture. 

2.     Write a simple overview of the story you wish to tell, a basic narrative arc, including descriptions of the character(s) involved, the time, the place and the overall tone of the story. 

3.     Create an a/v script that lists, in sequential order, what you see and hear in each shot. This list does not have to be exhaustive. However, it should outline the basic arc of the story. 

4.     Working from your a/v script, storyboard your shots. Simple stick figures on a relevant back­ground with arrows suggesting movement – character and/or camera – are enough to communi­cate the direction of the plot. Be sure to vary shot lengths – establishing shots, long shots, medium shots, close ups, inserts – to emphasize action and establish the location.

5.     Identify and contact your actor(s), track down locations, create a schedule, arrange for transpor­tation (if needed) and sign out the equipment needed to capture the footage. 

6.     Plan your production. Working from your a/v script and storyboard, produce a shot list, a simple organi­zation of what shots you need and in what order you will capture them. While your a/v script reflects the sequence of the story, the same is not true for your shot list. Shooting “out of sequence” is common. 

7.     When you arrive on location, examine the space. Is there enough light? Is it noisy? Are there people walking through the area? Can you actually use a camera in this place? Managing your “set” will help ensure a smoother capture experience. 

8.     When shooting “coverage” (multiple angles on a single action), you do not need to capture your footage in the sequence in which it will appear in your movie. Minimize the number of times you have to move or rearrange the camera and/or actors. If you need to set up or arrange a shot that you will need multiple takes of, shoot all of your takes for this set-up at once. This keeps you from having to set-up the same shot more than once. 

9.     Back-up your footage. Open your card(s) on your computer. Copy the files to a dedicated folder for this project. Next, make a copy of this folder and put it on a back-up drive. 

10.  Import your footage – audio, video, original sound – into Adobe Premiere and organize it. 

11.  Review your work (alone and with friends). Recut your movie as necessary, paying attention to story coherence, continuity, shot selection, editing rhythm and overall feel of the piece. 

12.  Export your movie to QuickTime and upload.

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