The Road to Fame: Documentary
The Road to Fame is a documentary by Year 12 media student Claudia Simpson that chronicles the production of this year’s musical Fame. The documentary was first screened as part of Project XII. Below are two versions of the documentary: a shorter version for Project XII and the full-length director’s cut.
Here’s what Claudia had to say about The Road to Fame:
The Road to Fame is a documentary that was created to follow the lives of some of Gungahlin College’s students and teachers in the time before and during the theatrical production of Fame: The Musical. The aim of this documentary was to be able to showcase the amount of work that went into the musical for anyone to see, including those who had seen the musical, those who hadn’t, anybody interested in the musical itself (including characterisation and sets), prospective drama/tech/media students, and of course, as a keepsake for those who participated in Fame.
One of the things that I found to be a new challenge when putting together this documentary was that it was a new genre of video production that I hadn’t done before, and so it became difficult to script and storyboard the final video, as you couldn’t predict what was going to happen in the weeks that lead up to the performance week. A lot of the structural work of the documentary came in during the editing stage after all of the footage had been collected and sorted.
Ultimately, my film aims to document the real story that spanned weeks and weeks, that lies beneath a fictional story that was only told for a few nights.