Objects trigger images

Participants thinking over the exhibition

Participants recreate stories from observing their objects

One more “object based brainstorming” session for a Media and Theater workshop this time. It is a very interesting technique we practiced with Andreas Treske for young documentarists at the North Aegean Narratives project on the theme of identity and immigration. Later I applied it again for beginner documentary makers to trigger images for the very special heart of Athens. This time personal identities in the spectrum of public life were targeted.IMG_1078 IMG_1084 IMG_1085 IMG_1086
As always, little surprises occur both from the selections of objects people make and their associations. A big surprise was a “live” object which was carried in our small installation: a child was brought to join memories and secret objects or bureaucratic items.

A child next to other items.

A child stands next to other items as proof of a life cycle.

Here at the Theater in Education 2014 Seminar in Pilion, Greece, the workshop is collaboratively done with N. Govas and Ch. Zoniou, two excellent theater pedagogues.

Young professionals become Documentarists

Learning interviewing among the olive trees

Learning interviewing among the olive trees

participants lookig at rushes

Viewing rushes and selecting materials

The environmental association APARE invited me to guide a 4 day intensive documentary workshop for young professionals of the environmental and social sciences sector during their research for the Cote Blue area near Marseillles. It was a great team which advanced their knowledge and consciousness on what a documentary might be. MA students and young professionals from 4 countries added with their questions and initiatives to drafting a script about their area of investigation. The team worked from idea to research and from planning to shooting. The most interesting part was editing where working in small teams they managed to both learn and develop rough cuts, alternatives and challenge their initial research.

An international team from 4 countries:

An international team from 4 countries: UK, France, Italy, Greece

A short making of of the workshop

 

Film literacy for librarians

On the occasion of the publishing of my subtitled interview on the media language workshop for librarians I also post a few words and photos.

Interview for the Future Library workshop

The Future Library program gave me the chance to work with 100 people who are surrounded by books, who work in a space full of words, jumping out of pages. Who currently search for new ideas and paths to approach their visitors (and their books). Our photo-stories, built from images and story lines proved a great tool, handy and accessible for short and longer term methodology, for younger and older, for digital and paperback!

participants taking photographs

Creating characters and perspective

An imaginative team played with figures and sarcasm

Participants looking at each others work and photostories

Always important to share and comment

 

 

 

A colored object was the starting point for our stories each time, following the overall theme of colors in books and literature. In 2,5 hours the tams had to grasp the idea of creating a story with images and words and produce it!

 

Young intruders in a 150 year old library

The National Library, Panepistimiou Av., Athens (1860)

All Athenians and tourists have seen that. How many have been inside?

I walk past the grand and beautiful building once a week, like most of us. I have so often used its pavement as a meeting point and I have been in marches going past it. Hunger strikes by Palestinians used to start nearby in the 80’s, conscientious objectors delivered information, then the Iraqis, the Afghans and so on. The National Library, lifted on its impressive marble staircases, work of a German architect, following his neoclassical dream in Athens of the 1900’s, was uncertain about herself. Her administrators had forgotten her and so did we. Things changed recently and I was fond of getting back in using it. Thanks to the Future Library programme I offered a workshop there. I particularly enjoyed two things: first, to turn the library rules upside down: unaccompanied children allowed, taking photographs, sitting on the floor, using crayons and scissors…Second, to experiment with the contrasts between old, stiff but wise space and young, flexible but ignorant age.

Groups of children making their photostories on the floor of the National Library.

For the final synthesis we found it best to work on the floor, while parents and readers were using the desks!

Maria Leonida guiding a group on their shooting.

Choosing the right picture.

4 children Shooting their story among the oldest books!

A new story among old books.

A 3-day workshop

Educational Radiotelevision (EduTV) organised the MEDEAnet workshop “Developing documentaries in schools” on 5-7 April 2013 in Athens, Greece and invited me to be the lead speaker. The workshop was dedicated at Primary and Secondary level teachers who already have a prior experience in video production, basic knowledge in ICT, and Web 2.0 tools.

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Preparing draft ideas

 

Frame and meanings

Frame and meanings

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Hands on and fun

As a film director and media educator, my aim was to focus on methodologies related to documentary, exploring how various tools and resources can be used to enhance creativity in schools and finally understanding how documentary can be a multi-modal, effective, informative and expressive medium. During the 3-day workshop the 24 participants learned how to refine their shooting and editing techniques, to enhance their creative techniques, and focus on methodologies and educational content that could make teaching exciting and attractive to young people.

Students making documentaries about themselves

This is an article included in The Videomuseum Publication, a book gathering all presentations given at a media seminar for teachers at the Goethe Institute, Athens, 5 May 2012.I rewrote my presentation which deals especially with the outcomes of a 2 year project, helping youth groups make short documentary movies at school. Our project, “The videomuseums” involves teacher training and support from filmmakers also trained in media education.

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