On Tuesday I worked again with the VOICES youth, but this time we met in their neighborhood in Southwest at a rec center at 58th and Kingsessing. We were a group of 14 and I was surprised that we got 12 videos done by the end of the day at 4pm. I said up front the simple guidelines were that each video have a message, a voice, and a sense of place.
This time I tried a combination of approaches. We still started out looking a few clips (which didn’t go over too well, because the screen was too small, and the sound was not audible with my speakers)… we reviewed image composition, shots, etc.
I gave them some golden suggestions for filming:
1. Don’t zoom, go closer
2. Let the action create movement, not your hand
3. Frame first, then record
4. No longer than 10 seconds for each shot.
The total video should be no longer than 1 minute.
We then split into 2 groups and one group wrote from the following prompts:
What’s unique about me? What’s unique about my neighborhood? Does where I live or where I come from inform who I am?
For the image group, I treated it like a scavenger hunt and gave them a storyboard with 6 shots and brief descriptions of what each shot should entail, such as
1. How do you see yourself
2. MS- show me something you value
I think this went well to create a random, but nice connection. Of course the group that wrote first, had an advantage over constructing their images to match up a bit more… but overall the pieces are very different and well represent the neighborhood. Check out the map, SW to see all the videos.