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

Interviews are Coming!

I have scheduled to interview both Michelle and Joey this Friday the 24th. I also have my prepared interview questions in the Interviews tab in the menu bar. I’ve talked with them both a lot, and they definitely have a lot to say about the subject!

Proposal Script

Tourette Syndrome isn’t normally portrayed in everyday media, and when it is, it is not normally in a good light. There may be some words running through your heard when you hear the word tourette’s. For Joey and Michelle Nath, it’s family. Michelle is Joey’s mother as well as a mother to two other sons whom also have tourette syndrome. It wasn’t easy in the beginning when Joey was diagnosed, as Michelle did not know enough about the neurological disorder, and Joey was having a rather difficult time with teachers for the same reason. His tics were, and still are, minor motor tics, which are involuntary movements of different muscles in the body. It is not very common to see and may be difficult to understand. A family dealing with tourette syndrome has it’s own challenges, but it isn’t so different.

Knowledge is Key

Tonight I had a very insightful conversation with Joey’s mother, Michelle. All of her sons have tourette syndrome and she had to make herself extremely informed about the disorder and how to deal with it.

It was hard for her in the beginning because she didn’t understand it well. She told me that every day was a challenge when her oldest sons, Danny and Joey, were young. Even now with her youngest son. And its especially hard because “they are all so different in their mannerisms in the way they have it.”  Their mannerisms can also change daily. In the same way no person is exactly alike, nobody with tourette’s is alike either.

She told me “it was hard when I was younger”. But now she’s extremely well informed and understanding and supports her sons the best she can.