A documentary is an audio/visual presentation that uses many types of sources such as still images, video, and sound to communicate a historical argument, supported by research, and a reflection on this year’s contest prompt.
Entrants submitting a documentary must also submit a Process Paper that answers the following questions:
- How did you choose your topic, and how does it relate to this year’s contest prompt?
- What is the thesis (historical argument) of the documentary?
- How did you conduct your research?
- How did you create the documentary?
The end of the documentary must show a list of credits that acknowledges the sources of still images, moving images, interviews, information used in narration, and music used within the film/video. These source credits must be brief—not full bibliographic citations and not annotated. However, these credits should match the citations on the Works Cited page that must accompany the Process Paper. (See Contest Rules for Written Work above and on the downloadable White Rose Contest Guide.)
Documentaries should be saved in mp4 format, submitted as a YouTube link. Finalists may be asked to submit the mp4 files of their documentaries to MCHE. (See Additional Format Instructions for Process Papers on the downloadable White Rose Contest Guide.)