Final Cut FeedBack

(Don Riggo) After the class saw our piece they enjoyed it but there were some minor infractions we need to fix with our production. One thing they mentioned was a jump cut in the ending which we did catch and fix it was a little harsh and sudden throwing the viewers off. The viewers stated that it got alittle confusing on who Krishna was and his part in the documentary. Our instructor also suggested maybe re route certain shots to help story flow better, add some energy and music because it’s a little dry. Finally they left us with these three words to possibly help the production exposition, pain & hope.

Overview (Beginning and End)

The beginning of the documentary is based around the use of technology at Don Riggio School. The primary focus is how arts programs have survived at Don Riggio through budget cuts in schools and the arts. We will also look at the learning advantages/disadvantages of advanced technology. This will lead to the investigation of the following questions: How does technology/arts give students an advantage? Do funding problems act as an antagonist? How will funding complications be avoided or fixed? We hope to conclude the documentary by showing the struggle of maintaining the arts in schools and the benefits of that struggle.


Core Concept Update

After the Rough Cut critique we’ve decided to take the documentary in a different direction. At this point the most doable approach would be to investigate why Don Riggio has been able to maintain such a strong arts program through extreme budget cuts in schools and the arts. In the next couple of weeks we will be talking to teachers and administrators about the struggles of maintaining arts in the schools and weather or not these struggles are transparent to the kids.

Interview questions for Documentary

During the interview we plan to ask the following questions:

To Students:

  • What school events involving technology are you a part of?
  • How did you get involved in the tech crew?
  • What does the tech crew do?
  • How does the tech crew work?
  • Do you enjoy working in the tech crew? Why?

For Admin/Teachers:

  • How is technology used at Don Riggio?
  • What do you feel the benefits of this technology are?
  • What are some issues with integrating technology into everyday lesson plans?
  • What are some setbacks due to funding?
  • How do you hope to advance the use of technology?

Questions to be asked still:

  • How has Don Riggio maintained arts programs in spite of budget cuts in schools and the arts?
  • What are some struggles of maintaining and advancing these programs?
  • How transparent are these issues to the students?
  • Are there any examples of these behind the scenes issues directly effecting students?


Feed back from Rough Cut


Over all we received a good response, however due to the story not having conflict it was advised that we should change the direction of the story and possibly compare Don Riggo school to a less privileged public school, in order to expose the disadvantages of the other public schools that don’t have Don Riggo’s programs and or opportunities

  • The footage was good, we had a lot of footage that included the kids actually doing and explaining the work.
  • Character: the children are the heart of the stories.
  • Conflict? The conflict needs to be easy to understand. Some ideas may include:

1)   The learning difference of technology then compared to now.

2)   What problems does the technology bring to learning.

3)   The funding problems that make it hard to access more equipment.

4)   Why isn’t more schools like this school?

5)   Will certain access to technology give students at Don Riggio a learning advantage.

  • Main Topic? The main topic needs to be clearer. Maybe emphasize the voiceover, or use interview footage that asks/ answers more questions. The interviews are always important to the subject.


Tech Development

The goal of this project is to push the limits of technology for learning. Chris, Anthony and I have talked about conducting experiments by doing remote lessons from Emeryville to Stockton. This is exciting to me because of the unsolved logistics in setting up a remote lesson that includes clear visual and audio components. Because of this, I myself get to help in developing how this technology is used in schools and thats pretty cool!