Documentary Notes

What is the project about?:

We are taking a closer study of a family of six, three of whom have tourette syndrome. We will learn and document how they live with the diagnosis and how they interact together.

Our Approach:

We will be taking mostly an observational approach for the filming accompanied by many interviews with the family members as well as a counselor. We will also include statistics as motion graphics.

Obligatories (Need to Show):

We will be showing examples of what many people believe tourette syndrome to be, as well as actual people with tourette’s and their tics. The family will be the main focus, and we will also show a counselor and her input. We will also provide as much information about the disorder as we need to provide understanding.

Rough Cut Notes:

Notes for Family Tics Rough Cut


  • Check out the after effects logo
  • Slow down text
  • Find more must pictures/footage to place in
  • Fix picture placements



  • Showing an interesting story
  • Stands out: Photos, music is helpful
  • [More details about what Tourette’s is and why we sometimes don’t see tics, explain how it occurs, etc.]
  • Gets interesting about dad not wanting to accept this syndrome but suddenly cuts off (possibly expand on that; can be a heavy subject that could make an amazing film)
  • Talk to a counselor and get a diagnostic about Tourette’s
  • Interviews are well done
  • Needs a sense of story; more interaction footage, etc.
  • Offer something real ; Convey emotions
  • **Distinguish the 3 brothers from each other more
  • Exposition; choose how much to expose at the start
  • Create a fluid story, show the family doing day-to-day things, find more footage that is engaging (even outside the household)
  • Set boundaries that you are allowed to cross with the family

Final Critique: Family Tics

Technical Issues

  • Proper credits (Directed and produced by… Animation by…. Etc)
  • Music could be increased (Audio adjustments)
  • Intro and diagrams were good


  • Animation Idea of body, pointing to where it “ticks”
  • Placement of footage with audio (ex. When his shoulder moves when he speaks about tics
  • Text is well but possibly change the card about Humor/ rewrite “Misplaced”
  • Or even possibly create without text cards at all
  • Evidence placed with audio was decent (could use a bit of rearranging)
  • Most effective piece: Driving his car (good evidence and shows normality/ his feelings about it)
  • Story is coming together; something that has meaning yet is informative
  • In good shape, good opening sequence, good quality footage
  • A few typos in areas with text (Proofread)
  • Adjust a few formats on text cards if possible
  • Try to keep it consistent; don’t change sizes between text on cards