Video-making is a powerful tool. Teachers are increasingly utilizing videos in their lectures, students are beginning to create video projects for classroom assignments, and community groups are using video-making to advocate for social justice.
Learn The Basics Of Video Composition
Read: Five Tips For Video Composition by Kellen Prandini
The purpose of this booklet is to provide introductory lessons in the basics of video composition, and to be an important first step in getting community groups to utilize video-making to advance their cause. Initially, the booklet was designed as supporting material for a video camp for American Indian youth at Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (KRECR) in Northern California. It proved to be a valuable addition to the hands-on training the students received.
"Between The River And Our Future" tells the story of what American Indian youth in Northern California are doing today to save the Klamath River. Students at the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods (KRECR), on the Yurok Indian Reservation, have joined community efforts to bring salmon back to the people.
Created By KRECR Students: Ashley Powell, Mistey Ridenour, Katie Rolon, Mariah Bowers, Shante Scott, and Dylan Tunsdall
Assisted By: Mariana Ferreira, Kellen Prandini, and Nathan Embretson.
Watch scrolling credits HERE.
Through several interviews, and the use of both current and archival footage, this short documentary offers a fresh perspective of South Central Los Angeles. "Grow" highlights Challengers Boys & Girls Club and the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
Created By: Justin Fulcher and Kellen Prandini
Read the article "Seeing The Potential" written by Justin Fulcher for LA Youth where he describes the making of the film.
Project S.O.S. (Sharing Oakland's Stories) students Brian Saelee and Reginald Waters, along with Peralta Hacienda Historical Park staff Kellen Prandini and Angel Saelee, met with Anthropology Professor Mariana Ferreira on October 22nd at San Francisco State University. The group got together to screen films and to talk about the ways in which today’s youth are utilizing digital media. Each person got the opportunity to briefly introduce, and then screen, a film they were currently working on finishing. Facilitated discussions, led by Professor Ferreira, followed each screening.
The films’ topics were diverse: Brian’s film revealed his love of basketball and family; Reginald’s film explored his experience with school bullies; Angel’s film dealt with her complicated relationship with her older brother; and Kellen’s and Professor Ferreira’s film showed what Native American high school students in Northern California were doing to help protect the Klamath River. Because most of the projects were still in the process of being finished, the post-screening discussions became an opportunity for each person to receive constructive feedback about their films.
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Bay Area Video Coalition, or BAVC (pronounced “bay-vac”), is a nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology - PortaPak video. While the technology has continued to evolve, BAVC’s mission to bring increased cultural and economic participation to underserved communities through media, and their belief that telling compelling stories is powerful for both media maker and audience, remains.
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premier showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.
Beyondmedia Education's mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts.