Adam Hopkins Lecture

Adam Hopkins is a documenty film maker he has produced films including ‘Wild Things’, ‘Alice and Her Six Dads’, Neighbourhood Watched’ and ‘Trawlermen’ for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic along with alot more.

Adams 5 top tips for story telling:

1.  Character and story: you need a great character along with a great story which will be a great narrative, one is not enough with out the other.  Even if you have found that character you need to find out what it is that you want to narrate about them, their story.

2. Becoming an expert: The subject is really important you need to understand the subject and what their narrative is, this will make the subject more at ease with you.  You need to understand your subject and their story, you dont have to let on that you know so much about it because they want to tell you about it but it is good if you have a good grounding in that subject and story.

3. Get close to your contributors : on an observational programme,  Hang out with contributors and building up the trust with them, you have to be honest with them and get them to but in to what the final film is. Explain what your aims are, the more the incline in to the film the more they will become contributors and buy in to the film, then when you need someone for a certain scene they will more than likely help you out.

4. The things you tell your friends: Once you have been on a shoot and you have been away for a few days and you come back and you see friends and family, telling them about things that happen on a shoot, normally you would just tell them a few antidotes, they wouldnt know so much about the story or the subject but telling them a few antidotes, those things you are telling them, you should bare in mind what you are telling them, them things might be things that you want to keep in the film.

5. Narrative in the edit: Adam has learnt this in various experienced offline editours. You might have loads of information and people telling you different things, in your footage you have to work out what information to release at what point in you final film.  Holding back information is very powerful, an element of suprise can make a documentry.

In the early 1970s, a group of idealistic young adults chose to raise their children collectively. So what happened next? This intriguing documentary goes in search of the grown-up wild kids.

I like how in the start if the film there is a mix of music with also the voice of the story and accompanying these storys are photographs that show the family, it just makes you want to look in to this documentry even more.  It then shows the house and the voice tells the story of the house that holds the wild children in 1970’s lived in but it is nice that the house today is shown in the video and it goes nicely with this specific story. Then it goes in to an interview of the first woman who called her child wild, this next part now tells you more about it, it is nice that you have the voice of the subject, you get to hear her truthful view on this decission that was made in the 1970’s. I like also how in the documenty it goes in to photographs from the past that showed these people and who he was next going to interview and also the journey along the motorway, it is like you are almost involved in the documentry going to find out more.

Watching the video really kept me engaged the whole time, especially when there is the movements of different interviews, each of the subjects had their own voice, you could hear and feel their intentions at the time of the 1970’s when they called their children the wild child, you get to hear their opinion and also from the wild childs, there is a mix of photographs aswell from the time, so you could know exactly what they looked like back then and it brings you today and the reason as to why. This video just keeps you wanting to find out more, it is a fantastic video and it shows the subjects storys so well.


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