Video Production Workshop

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the inequity of the access to communication technology had been a big issue among different age groups. During the crisis with physical distancing, the impact of the gap has become even critically significant especially in the refugee and immigrant communities because of various challenges the community members face such as language, cultural, financial difficulties, and lack of social support structure. Lack of communications, especially of cross-generational communication, impacts our mental health and seems to be correlated with suicide rate, alcoholism, substance abuse and other psychological challenges among our community members.

In this project, we will work with participants who have relationships with elders in their community and are interested in learning video production and post-production. Based on the idea of mutual-aid, the participants offer help over communication tools, then receive stories from the elders, which become the source of creativity for video work.

First, the participants will identify the need of elders around communication technology or communication in general, then work with them so that the elders come to be able to communicate smoothly with other community members, and outside entities, such as public offices, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Examples can be teaching elders how to use FaceTime over an iPad so that they can talk with someone abroad face to face, or can be teaching them how to use an app on a smartphone to file a report to a local government to improve the quality of their everyday life.

In exchange, the elders will provide stories to the participants. The stories may come from various periods of their life, and some can be mundane, but some others can be about an important episode that shaped their life but they have never shared with anyone.

In the process of helping, the participants will produce a video project, either by documenting the process, or coming up with a fictional story based on the stories their elders shared, or artistic expressions based on the experience of cross-generational communication.

As the result of this series of workshops, you will learn basic knowledge on video production (filming), post-production (editing) and publication (showing), by producing a video work from its beginning to the end. The resulting video work will be possibly used for an installation Taro Hattori will produce in the future, but you as an artist, will keep all the ownership over the work.

The set of video production skills empowers us, personally, socially and politically. By producing and publishing video work through social media, we will come to be able communicate with a larger audience, and make our voice heard with a significant impact socially and politically. That helps ourselves in construction of our own identity, and that of our community as well, and further, helps our autonomy. Also, video production skills can be used to further develop your artistic voice to contribute your work to the production of cultures.

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