Concurrent to working on EYES, I have also been co-creating a documentary about fencing. This project fulfills the criteria for my final year documentary module. The project itself is comprised of a 6 minute documentary, a 40 second trailer and a 30,000 word wiki recording and reflecting on the process of making the documentary. The six month process of making this documentary has been very rewarding and the experience gained has been hugely beneficial to EYES; for instance, the technical problems we encountered with the documentary's shoot enabled me to eliminate them from occurring with the EYES, see Vlog 6. My overall skillset has greatly improved as a result of undertaking this documentary project.
Another significant learning outcome came from the artistic form of the documentary and how this would appeal to our target audience. As such, the style of the documentary as being very flash and informative came from a desire to make the documentary appeal to a wide target audience. As the main narrative aim of the documentary is moving beyond the elite stereotype and exposing the truth of fencing being a sport for anyone, we wanted to make the documentary appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers.
Below, I have embedded the documentary and the trailer. Also included are the reflective commentaries I made for the documentary and the trailer.
In its first week on YouTube, the documentary received over 1000 views!
Documentary + Reflective Commentary
The 'Fencing' documentary provides an examination of fencing as a sport and a hobby as it exists in the modern idiom. Combating assumptions about elitism and identifying challenges to both professionals & amateurs. Culminating in a thoroughly entertaining, charming and interesting experience that will leave the viewer with a respect and admiration for a sport that truly deserves it.
Trailer + Reflective Commentary