Holocaust Memorial Day Documentaries
Imperial War Museum and Chocolate Films work experience article 1 of 2
I really enjoyed this week long project and I feel that I’ve learned a lot about the process of making a documentary. I learned how to produce animations, how to light sets and how to interview and many other things. Also working to deadlines.
On day one we were introduced to the project subject matter it was to be about the Holocaust. We firstly began planning the questions for interviews. While we did this we learned how to get the est sound with the audio and visual equipment.
On day two we interviewed both holocaust survivors – Gisela who is 93 and Arek 83. At this point we split into two units of 5 to work separately on both documentaries. My team was working with Gisela. It was very moving to listen to her recount her life. She had escaped the concentration camps and was hidden away from the Nazi’s for her own safety. The other group interviewed Arek, who was a young boy in the notorious Auschwitz Camp. After we had the footage we began planning out the order and how we would trim 45 minutes of footage down to 5 minutes.
On day three we carried on planning and trimming the documentary. Later that day we were given access to animating with software called “Dragon Frame”, which compiled all the photos into an animation and allowed us to easily modify frames.
On day four we were animating and editing the documentary, making sure we had the right timings, sound effects and animations.
On day five we added the music and credits. The music had to reflect the subject matter, so was sad in parts but uplifting towards the end.
We presented our documentaries to the Imperial War Museum staff. They were very happy. The documentaries will be projected on to the walls in the museum for the general public to see.
I found the project amazing and would happily get involved again. I liked working as a team with students I didn’t know previously.
Imperial War Museum and Chocolate Films work experience 2 of 2
I had a week of work experience with the Imperial War Museum in a group of ten students from UTC. We were asked to produce two films about the holocaust .We split into two teams of five. I was in the group that a man named Arek an 83 yearold who survived Auschwitz. It was very moving to hear their personal accounts on their experiences in World War 2.
The first few days was spent gathering information about the survivors. We learnt the skills needed to record the interview – such as how to operate the microphones and cameras. When we had gathered enough information to write around 20 questions that will be asked on the day.
On the day of filming we setup all of our equipment which was interesting. It highlights the amount of time and planning is needed before actually recording takes place. We then met Arek and his wife and had a short conversation before we began interviews. After the interview was finished, we had over 40 minutes of footage. The footage would have to be condensed into just over 3 minutes.
The last remaining days were spent planning our story line as well as what footage we should use. We learnt how to use final cut pro x on the mac, to enable us to place and create the timeline of footage. We also spent time planning our animation ideas for each piece of information. We did this by using a row of sticky notes and placing them in order. This was an interesting method as it allows the stages and ideas to be clearly viewed and moved about freely.
On the final two days and after planning a clear path of what was going to be animated. We decided what type of animation was going to be used. For this we learnt how to use Dragonframe software, to animate stop motion of different types. We finally managed to animated and fit it with the clips of the interview and had a finished video ready to show.
Overall this whole experience is something I would do again as it was fun and interesting. I feel I have learnt a lot over the course of the week. Such things as how to use professional editing software and how to set up a proper camera and mic setup. All of these amazing skills I have learnt over the course of a week as well as being able to meet a holocaust survivors.