Sense of Community: A definition and Theory.

April 27, 2009


For those that feel like they might need to
take a different theoretical angle or are simply
finding that the readings don’t quite fit the
particular focus of their doco, I suggest you
read McMillan’s highly informative paper.

Just click on the link below, You can also download
a pdf from the same website.

“Sense of Community: A definition and Theory”

my Ts doco

April 8, 2009

Hi, finished at last

Basic Media Production tutorials 4 U

April 7, 2009


Hi TSers,

It’s time to jump into the serious
business of planning and making
your doco. You should have a good
idea what you require, based on the
what you have outlined in the learning
Firstly, you need to be very methodical
about the collection and storage of your
digital data. It doesn’t come natural for
most of us, so try to get into the habit
of storing content in folders. Label all
your folders eg; audio, photos, video, etc.

Keep track of everything and know exactly
where you have stored your files. Having a
well organised approach will save hours
when it comes to making your online doco.

When I resize images for online use, I copy
my originals into a folder called 72dpi
and then proceed to resize the copies. I do
this so I will always have my original photos,
as well as my resized images.

I have looked online for suitable video tutorials
and I have compiled the following playlist of
videos that cover imovie (video editing),
Garageband (audio editing), Photoshop (image
editing) and uploading videos to youtube.
There are also some great tutorials on the
apple ilife (imovie, garageband, etc) website below.

My youtube playlist link is below.

We will go through these production issues in
this week’s tute. Enjoy!

Submission dates for Transient Spaces

April 6, 2009

Hi Tsers,

I have confirmation of the submission
dates for your TS assessment tasks.

1. Your Learning Contract (Friday April 3rd)

2. Your Social Media Doco (week 12 tute)
Please note rough cut due week 11 tute.

3. Your TS blog (week 14)

Note: The criteria for the assessment of your doco
will be based upon the objectives outlined in
your TS Learning Contract. Of course, your
engagement within the course is always important.

Happy blogging and researching!



The Release form

April 1, 2009

If you are interviewing people or taking
photos/videos of people in private places,
getting permission from those people requires
more than a verbal agreement or a nod and a wink.

It is essential that your talent sign a release form.
A release form may set out the terms and conditions
of publication, or may simply provide a broad outline
of how the content will be used in the project, but most
importantly it is a document that provides clear proof of
permission to use material containing the signatory.

A release form is accepted practice and industry
It also protects you, as you and the signatory
know the conditions of participation and usage of material
in relation to your TS project. It helps you to plan, knowing
that your participants have agreed to give permission to use
their image, interviews or views.

For a copy of a release form click on the link below.

Relax with a good book.

April 1, 2009


Hiya, I just thought it might be a good idea
to list down a few texts that may be of interest.

A copy of Bill Nichols “Introduction to Documentary”
can be found online. Just go to the link below and
type the title in the search field.

For those of you who are interested in art, narrative and
new media, you may want to check out the texts below:

Frieling, R (ed) 2008, The art of participation:1950 to now,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Thames and Huson, U.K.

D’Alleva, A. (2005) Methods and theories of art history,
Lawrence King Publishing, U.K.

Leishman, D 2001, Does Point and Click interactivity
Destroy the Story? The convergence of interactivity with
narrative, viewed July 30, 2005,

Lunenfeld, P (ed) 1999, The Digital Dialectic: New Essays
on New Media, MIT Press, Cambridge (Mass)

Manovich, L 2001, The Language of New Media,
The MIT Press, Massachusetts London, England.

Rieser, M & Zapp, A (Eds) 2002, New screen
media: cinema/art narrative, British Film
Institute, London.

Ryan, M (ed) 2004, Narrative Across Media:
The Languages of Storytelling, University of
Nebraska Press, U.S.

Integrating Theory.

March 31, 2009

There have been lot of questions about the
integration of theory within your projects.
There are many ways that you can approach
this, and in many ways it’ s a decision that
is based upon the type of project you wish to
make. The theoretical component shouldn’t
be tacked on at the end to explain your work,
more so it is something that should help define
the type of questions you want to answer and
even the kind of communities you wish to

Theory is almost impossible to escape, so better
that you work with it and integrate it into your
research. You don’t need to frame every interview
question with Toennies says….so what do you
think? But you can use theory to set a direction
for your investigation. Eg; set out to explore or
challenge Toennies’ theories of Germeinschaft
and Gesellschaft. Think of theory as the backbone
which supports your argument, or the framework
on which you can devise your questions and
overall approach to making your doco. Theory
can just sit quietly in the background, but it offers
another level of complexity for the reader.

Jenny offers some great insight into the integration
of theory on her blog. So why not check out her post
how to add theory.