Filmmaking: "Telling Our Own Story"
Both college and high-school students will participate in the "Telling Our Own Story" program, which consists of 120 hours of theoretical and practical modules in various topics relevant to the process of audiovisual storytelling. After two weeks of introductory courses, lessons on film history and criticism, narrative-building exercises, and theater games, students will choose one of the following tracks: technical, creative, production, or ethnographic documentary.
- Technical. Through a series of guided exercises, each student will learn about the basic principles of composition, light, color, and movement. Moreover, they will participate in sound workshops that will address the role of musical scores in film, the process of capturing sound, and the use of music to enhance a narrative.
- Creative. Students enrolled in this track will learn how to develop a narrative voice. They will also learn about narrative writing techniques, visual conflict and storytelling, and character development. They will also learn about the responsibilities required to direct a film and work with actors.
- Production. Students enrolled in this track will develop the skills necessary to organize and run a film shoot. In particular, they will learn about: interviewing actors, scouting and securing locations, logistics, calendar, budget, production design, props, and costumes.
- Ethnographic Documentary.
For six weeks, participants will produce three 7-minute short films, which will be screened to the community at the end of the program. We want the collaborative work required to create these films to have a positive impact on the development of leadership skills, critical and creative thinking, and accountability of both American and Latin American participants.