For my thesis, I want to focus on what defines a gender. I mainly want to focus on transexual and non-binary individuals and the struggles they go through. For research, I have asked a transexual friend if they would help me find people that I could interview. I have also asked my roommate’s non-binary friend if they would help with my thesis and they agreed. As for further research, I plan on discussing my idea with my crew as well as interviewees to see what I should put my focus towards and what I should avoid.
As I mentioned, I have asked my roommate’s friend Emily, to participate in my documentary about gender. Another friend is going to help me find people I can interview. So for who I am going to interview, I only have one guaranteed interviewee. Heather Saunders is helping me schedule this documentary. Dean Jackson will be helping me do lighting. Janelle Moorman will be helping in some capacity, but I am not sure exactly what she will be doing yet. I am not sure where I want to film interviews yet, or what B-roll I would want. Right now I plan on production going from mid February to mid April. How I will get this done, depends on my friends helping me find people to interview, as I am rather uninformed on my subject and am using this as a way to not only educate myself, but my audience as well.
I plan on using mostly my own equipment to film my documentary. I have a Nikon D3400 that shoots in HD. I also have an audio recorder and a boom mic for audio needs. The only thing I need to check out would be lights and I plan on using an interview kit or an LED kit.
I am not entirely sure how the documentary will look yet, but I plan on it consisting mainly of sit down interviews and having my interviewees talk about gender and the struggles they face.
I chose this project because as I mentioned above, I am uninformed about my subject and want to use this as a learning experience. I also want to make this an educational documentary to inform my audience about gender.