In session 6 of the 2013 Sanisera field school three students, Pedro, James and Rabia took part on the film program. They were taught the basic rules and styles of documentary making by Macià Florit. They then went on to make two documentaries the first in an expository style the second in a more observatory style.
Making a archaeological movie of The Sanisera Field School
What have we done in the course?
“Secret’s of the dead: A day on the Necropolis” follows a group of archaeologists uncovering the remains of a Roman necropolis for a day.
The project was planned, filmed and edited by Rabia, Pedro and James; three students taking part in the film program at the Sanisera field school.
This film is shot in an observatory style in contrast to the first project, which used an expository style. This is done by using simple camera shots and editing the sequences in chronological order trying to keep as close to real life as possible and having fewer characters in the film.
The planning process differed form an expository documentary by being much shorter. We didn’t have to plan out the specific shots we needed, just decide on the topic and then go out and shoot. We decided to introduce a stand up at the start and the end, which is uncommon in the observatory style, to give the viewer the context of the project.
A day on the Sanisera necropolis
In the shooting process we simply set up the camera and tripod and let the archaeologists work with as little input from us as possible, trying to make as life like as possible.
The editing process took much less time as we were simply choosing the right shots and placing them in chronological order and no point to communicate as in an expository documentary and using visual aids to narrate the day instead of the classic voice over.