Its crunch time! The last week of the Summer Documentary Institute bas begun, and the students are working so hard to get their documentaries ready for the screening this Friday!
Over the last two weeks, the students went to Somos Mayfair and Veggielution to interview various employees and locals about the organizations and their experiences. They got some great information and footage that they cannot wait to share.
The media showcases have also been a fun and interesting learning tool. Each day, someone brings in a piece of media that speaks to them to share with the class. There have been some phenomenal pieces of media like the music video Andres brought in, Jocelynn’s dance video and a long shot from the movie Touch of Evil, that Chad brought in. The students have also been working on a zine about themselves that will be printed for the screening. Their knowledge and quick learning of photo shop is incredibly impressive. They have also been working on their vlogs to capture their experience. The rest of the week consisted of editing their documentaries that they are working very hard on.
I got to sit down with the interns, Anthony and Andrea, and talk to them about their experience with SDI so far. Both interns heard about this opportunity through their schools. CreaTV came into Anthony’s digital media internship class and gave a pitch about the internship. He immediately applied! He had experience doing podcast work before and would film and record on location for that podcast.
Andrea got an email from her school about this internship and applied because she wanted more studio experience. She has worked with kids before, so she liked the idea of getting to work with high school students. She works for academic technology at San Jose State and films lectures and edits them as well as films various events around school. Anthony and Andrea are helping the interns in so many ways.
Anthony has enjoyed location scouting and helping the students learn how to use the cameras the most. Andrea has enjoyed helping the students pinpoint their ideas for the process of building a story for their documentaries. Anthony mentioned “the students were scared to touch the cameras at the beginning”. They did not have much experience with cameras, lights or other filming technology and Anthony and Andrea have enjoyed having the opportunity to help them.
I loved getting to talk to Anthony and Andrea. CreaTV is lucky to have such passionate and knowledgeable media makers interning for this program. I was interested to see what their favorite movies were as film is such a big part of their lives! Anthony said his is Seven Samurais and Andrea’s is Pitch Perfect. They have been working on a promo video that displays all of the work that them and the interns are doing during SDI that will be shown at the screening. Come support all of their hard work on July 26!