The Making of the Mini-Documentary: "Pockets"
Opstad, Tricia, M.A., Autumn 2006 Fine Arts, Integrated Arts and Education
The Making of a Mini-Documentary: Pockets, the Concept, Artistic Process and
Chairperson: Karen Kaufmann
In the making of my first movie, titled Pockets, I worked to understand
documentary making by interviewing members of the community in Missoula, Montana. The immediate and multi-faceted nature of video as a medium gave me many opportunities to actively participate in the creative process and thrive in the spontaneity of interactions in the moment.
Along with videographer Felicia Edwards, I asked random people on the streets, one question: Whats in your pockets? We then videotaped their responses, with the goal
being to capture authentic human behavior unobtrusively. We designed the interview
process as a learning experience by inviting people to participate with very little
preparation, allowing for cognitive dissonance to occur. The response we received reveal
the many metaphors behind the simple question of what a person might have in his or her
pockets; it often seemed as though the respondent was answering a different question, such as What are you hiding or Who are you? In addition, being an intended learning experience, the project was also designed to inspire a sense of play for those involved. Through this process, I began to understand the sensitivity required for interviewing strangers.
The editing program I used, I-Movie, enabled me to develop my vision, incorporating music, effects and rhythm in transitions. The completed movie was screened on a Missoula First Friday art night in November 2006. The screening was part of an event involving entertainment. For an added interactive element, fellow artists were staged as live mannequins who allowed the audience to look at what was in their pockets.
This project taught me to pursue an artistic vision to completion using a variety of
available resources. It also gave me the opportunity to learn basic technical skills
necessary for making a documentary, as well as reinforcing valuable communication
skills that will influence my future planning of performance events and movie screenings.
In addition, I learned hands-on lessons about proper data management, project
documentation, event organizing and advertising. Finally, the project was a remarkable
experience in designing learning moments for the public and continuing my development as a well-rounded multi-media artist.
Advisor:Karen Kaufmann; Dr. James Kriley; Valeria Krex
School:The University of Montana
School Location:USA - Montana
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:drama dance creative pulse
Date of Publication:03/02/2007