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How 3 Types of Documentary Genre Are Made

Learn about 3 of the more commonly known types of the documentary genre. They include: Observational, Expository and Participatory.

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The Documentary Genre

We show you how to make professional looking documentaries. Find out how to shoot, edit and stylize the.

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The Action Genre

We take a look at the Action Genre. Learn the steps to creating your very own action video as we examine how to shoot it, edit it and stylize it.

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The Drama Genre

Want to create your very own Drama? We show you how, as we examine how to create a visual design, draw out time and edit for emotion.

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

They provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

Attributing Creative Commons Works

1. Keep intact any copyright notices for the Work

  • If the original Work has a copyright notice, then include it when you use or cite the Work

2. Credit the author, licensor and/or other parties in the manner they specify

  • If creator says, “Please attribute John Smith” then attribute John Smith
  • If there is no note but a copyright notice, attribute the copyright holder
  • If no note and no notice, but a username, check the creator’s profile for more information
  • If there is none of the above, attribute the website by name

3. Include the Title of the Work

  • If the Work has a title, then include it
  • If the Work has no title, use appropriate reference: “Untitled” by John Smith

4. Include the URL for the Work if applicable

  • Link back to the original source wherever possible
  • Some print uses may allow for alternatives

5. Include the URL for the Creative Commons license that applies
6. Derivative works should acknowledge the derivation

On the Internet or in other electronic resources, links to sources and licenses may be embedded within the document and appear as:

An Ideal Attribution

This video features the song “Play Your Part (Pt.1)” by Girl Talk, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2008, Greg Gillis.

A Realistic Attribution

Photo by mollyali, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

A Derivative Work Attribution

This is a video adaptation of the novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Copyright © 2003 Cory Doctorow.

A PDF version of this document is also available for download.

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Document by Anthony Helm. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. It is derived and includes text from Molly Kleinman http://
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Green Screen Tutorial: How to Light A Green Screen

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Photoshop to the nines

Interested in knowing more about Photoshop? Here is a great article with nine resource to help you learn how to use Photoshop.


iMovie Tutorial

Copyright & Fair Use


The Media Center must follow copyright laws when converting, copying or editing media formats. Fair Use doctrine and the Teach Act specify that portions of films, television shows, audio works and text can be used for educational purposes under certain conditions. The media center equipment may not be used in a manner that would violate copyright.

The following information compiles helpful guides and best practices when navigating the confusing world of Fair Use & Copyright.  Feel free to contact with any specific question you may have regarding the use of copyrighted materials in audio & video productions as well as in class use.

Fair Use

Fair use is the right, in some circumstances, to quote copyrighted material without asking permission or paying for it. Fair use enables the creation of new culture, and keeps current copyright holders from being private censors. With the Washington College of Law, the Center for Social Media creates tools for creators, teachers, and researchers to better use their fair use rights.  The following are some resources created by the Center for Social Media that can serve as a guide to follow best practices in applying fair use to your projects.

Fair Use Checklist-Help deciding if you can use a copyrighted work in your project

Copyright slider to help determine if work is in the Public Domain

Code of best practices in online video

Full guidelines for online video


The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

Full list of guidelines for Media Literacy Education


Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

Full set of guidelines for Documentary Filmmakers

Examples of Successful Fair Use in Documentary Film

Fair Use Frequently Asked Questions


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

Guidelines for Scholarly Research here


TLT Workshop – mmmm…RSS feeds…delicious

Everything you want to know about RSS and online bookmarking

When: Thursday Oct 21st, 12 – 1 PM

Where: Bosler Microroom (020)

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