A synopsis of the teachers’ training in Greece – Autumn 2010

A synopsis of the teachers’ training in Greece

for the Videomuseum project, Autumn 2010

 

1.

We had a series of sessions  (3+3+5 hours) in mid October (14-16/10), and another 3+5 hours later in October (21-22/10).

 

The first day we introduced the idea and the structure of the project while we devoted about an hour to watch extracts from some video-museum videos from the1990’s and two from last year’ pilot phase discussing the kind of subjects, the kind of personal engagement of the students, the national character of the videos and the cinematography.

 

Next day we practiced with digital cameras in an activity which aims to bring the team together in getting to know the others through using close ups of each other. We finished with another still photography activity in groups of 4-5, which investigates the various ways that we can portray a specific object by transforming it in something else depending on the way we organize the photo (frame, point of view, scenery, use, peoples interaction etc).

 

On our third day we projected and discussed the results of this exercise, both in terms of aesthetics and their ability to communicate the intended message. Then we went off in small teams of 4 for a small documentary exercise in the neighborhood square. The aim was to make a small clip with 15 stills and recorded sounds from the location while to familiarize everybody with our editing program Cyber-link Power Director.

 

Next day we had a drama oriented session led by a colleague from the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet_Gr) who had followed our very first meeting about the concept of the video museum and was prepared to propose activities which would help research ideas around locations or objects of importance to us. It was a nice alternative to our so far “digital” world.

 

Various practical and equipment issues were discussed during intervals, as well as the way of collaboration between our young filmmakers and the teachers, number of meetings with the students etc.

 

We organised our next meeting to be on the 20th of November so that school groups would be formed and have the chance to fulfill at least 2-3 meetings while prepare some materials.

 

2.

Today, the 20th November 2010 we discussed thoroughly what each group managed in their meetings during last month, both in terms of becoming a group, their theme proposals and the methods the teachers used. In general they experimented with small still photography activities, (variations of our “getting to know each other” activity, close ups and long shots of our mates) which all students enjoyed a lot and were eager to propose themes. One or two also used drama techniques to warm up. Half of the groups are preparing to do a poll (opinion gathering from the rest of the school), others were already more clear. However many need to work on how the topic will develop to become a personal statement. Next step is to bring to the groups one or two shots of their theme of choice and justify why.

 

Indicatively some subjects were:

  • Many banal and typical youth issues.
  • Local sites especially for a school that is in the countryside.
  • The area’s deserted houses, which become youngsters’ secret meeting places.
  • The everyday routes to and from the school and again back to the main settlement, as all students come from nearby villages/ housing areas.
  • The colors of their life, which they want to preserve.

 

In each case we suggested ways of getting closer to what the students are trying to say or to avoid remaining to the surface of a subject.

 

We proposed that as another tool to initiate discussion and deepening to the subjects would be to prepare, in small groups, drafts for a possible poster of the videomuseum, thus thinking about a short title, a subtitle and an image, which would best represent their ideas.

 

Finally we did a practical presentation of how we make interviews and sound recording.

  • Our next meeting is on the 20th of January 2011. Meanwhile our young filmmakers will join the groups in the schools.

 

Maria Leonida