In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell sets out to dismantle the idea that success can be attributed to raw talent or luck alone. In fact, according to the author, success is usually made possible by many factors, most of which are out of the control of the individual. For our final DMA project this semester, let’s put this theory to the test.
For this project, you will be placed in collaborative groups and challenged to find a local “outlier” (an individual who appears to have just been born with a special talent or has a typical “rags-to-riches” story) to research. In your research, you should be using Gladwell’s method of inquiry to uncover the truth behind this person’s success. Once you have a clear sense of how success was achieved, you will create a video that illustrates how and why this person deserves to be considered an “outlier.” Ideally, the finished project should be similar to a short documentary that uncovers the truth behind this individual’s particular success story.
Create a Storyboard, write a script for your narration, and record your VO using the sound recorder. Select a copyright free, music track for your background music for your video. This track should not have any voice recored, only instrumental sounds. You are going to tell a story through moving images and video you discover in you research. Go on-line and find images that relate to your "outlier" to tell the story. Editing video to the beat of music or to words is a basic skill that is used in all levels of video production. Remember to alternate zooming in and out with each image for you moving images. Remember to fade up your first image from black and fade out you last image to black.
As you work, save your project as a Premiere Project file (.PRPROJ) and name it last name +first initial + outlier. Export the media using the H.264 encoder and the medium bitrate setting with the same name (ex: pettywoutlier.MP4). Submit the exported file to the teacher. Don't forget to review the rubric to make sure you are meeting all of the project requirements!
Presentation Guidelines Once your video is complete, you will give a presentation to showcase your work. You should briefly explain who your outlier is and why you choose to research them. Then set up the clip and show your video to entice your audience. Include a summary, or wrap up about your "outlier" after the clip.
Please see the attached rubric for assessment criteria.