Design Doc

The central idea for my project is to educate others of how we have made the progressive move from film to digital cameras and the differences between using the two. I plan on describing the process involved in creating a film using a film camera and comparing it to the process using a digital camera, as well as comparing things like physical aspects of the cameras, advantages and disadvantages included in using either camera, and the differences or similarities in the final products.

I want to focus mainly on how even though a lot of filmmakers have made the change to “new media” digital, a significant amount of filmmakers, film critics, and even people in general still prefer film. This preference could be discussed through people’s “stubborn” opinion arguing that film is more authentic.

This project features things we might have learned and discussed in the course such as innovations about photography and motion pictures (Weinman). My project will exhibited through the use of Timeline JS (which will be used to show ‘a timeline’ of the progression of the change). Through Timeline, I will be able to include specific media texts including, but not limited to, citation with links, images (mainly of specific cameras so as to contribute evidence to argument of how film and digital are physically different), and embedded video (YouTube tutorials of how cameras work; Video of the first camera/film; I will possibly also include a short video of someone else providing evidence of the same argument, so as to contribute to my central argument).

Structure: To begin, I will state what my project is about, and then I will showcase a timeline of the change. Then I will present the people who played an important role in either the announcement or development of the type of camera, followed by photographs of course, and slowly transitioning into the evidential going back and forth of advantages and disadvantages of using film or digital cameras. This part will include video that showcases the good, or the better, capabilities that are offered out of using both of the cameras. Finally I will show through video how a film looks after they’re finished shooting it, on film and then on digital, alongside pulled audio from critics’ opinions of which medium is better.



  1. samshep · November 8, 2016

    Brett- I like the fact that this is an informational piece, however I’m thinking it might prove beneficial to include an argument in my project, so for instance I could argue that one type of camera is better than the other or something like that. Or is it better as it is? What do you think?


    • bboessen · November 15, 2016

      This kind of tool (timeline) makes it challenging to incorporate an argument, because you don’t know that your reader will necessarily read each item. Perhaps if you embedded the timeline in a blog page where you could surround it with clarifying text, it might work, but I don’t think an argument is necessary. You can explain to us what you were going for when you do the Showcase after the break.


  2. bboessen · November 15, 2016

    Overall, this provides enough detail to get a solid sense for what the project will look like. Count it. But you still might want to include both an example of a Timeline.js project you plan to emulate, and a list of 10 or more items you know you’ll include in the timeline, so it’s not so general.


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