Final day of the workshop!

Yesterday was our final day at the three day workshop. We started off the morning by watching the videos that the students had filmed and edited the previous day, followed by a reflection process about their finished videos. I took one group to the side and asked them what they thought the pros and cons were of their videos, in which they wanted to do the cons first to get the bad out of the way. I didn’t want them to feel negative about what they had done, therefore after every con I asked them what they could do next time to present the problem, and I also shared my experiences of problems that I had faced when producing videos, as a tool to encourage them to keep practicing.

The cons that they highlighted were as followed;

  • The lighting in some interviews was too dark. This could be prevented by using artificial lighting, or using natural light at a certain time of day so that it is at an angle.
  • The background noise was too loud to the extent that you couldn’t hear what the interviewees were saying. To prevent this problem a clip on mic could have been used or recorded through audio, and differenting editing software could have been used to edit out the background noise.
  • Some people / potential interviewees did not want to participate, therefore interviewees could be planned and contacted in advance.
  • The credits were too fast and needed to be slown down to give the audience time to read them.

Another con that the group did not pick up on but myself and Peter did, was that the content within the video did not have a structure in the sense that the interviews didn’t connect together and the aim of the documentary was not met. We shared this con with the group so that next time they can be aware of it.

Pros that they highlighted were as followed:

  • A variety of creative camera shots and angles were used.
  • The group also liked the background music, however I highlighted to them that they can’t use copy right music, they must have permission from th artist, use their own music, or use music from internet sites that have music that is not copyright.
  • The third pro was the use of swahlil and Engligh within the documentary.

I was really impressed by the groups reflection process. Initially I was worried that they wouldn’t be critical about the cons, however they were, and I hope that what they learned will benefit them in any future project, as well as seeing the benefits of the reflection process in general.

We then showed the students how to access google docs and how to create accounts on wordpress, as both sites can be used as tools to communicate and share knowledge on a global scale. I felt like this process rounded off the three day workshop and showed how you can communicate through online engagment. I am very interested to see how they progress with the skills that we have taught them!!


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