I hope you all had a great holiday season this month. Maybe you spent time with your families and got some cool presents. That’s all very good and I wish all of you the best.
Now, onto the matters at hand.
For those of you that have followed my blog may have realized a lack of posting consistently. The thing is I’m having a hiatus for Autumn Peal. This doesn’t mean I’m giving up. I will still do video and photography projects. I do want to show more of my photography after showing my Ecuador photos and whatnot, but I want to post them on a new platform to save memory on WordPress. I also need to come up with more content for my videos, but I don’t know what that would look like yet.
This isn’t the end, but rather a restructuring for my blog as I analyze what I can do in the future.
Here’s a huge update from the Take 2 Creative Camp!
These are the movies that the teens worked on. They made scripts and created these stories. For these projects, they were randomly assigned a genre and a test to both fail and pass (Bechdel or Deggans) in two different scenarios while retaining the plot. Here are the plots…
The Haunted Hallway (Horror-Bechdel Test): There’s a mysterious legend about a hallway while at the same time, some girls try to prank the boys while playing up the scary legend.
The Math Test (Comedy-Bechdel Test): There’s a typical math test and a girl’s inner conscious tries to convince her to check out a boy in the class…or a taco depending on which version you watch.
Wandering In Circles (Drama-Deggans Test): Some friends get lost in downtown and they try to find each other in this setting. The ending doesn’t come as planned for some of them.
Tarantula Man (Action-Deggans Test): Trouble looms as some muggers try to harass some normal citizens. It’s up to Tarantula Man to save the day with his agility and venom strings.
Thanks to everyone at Take 2 and YWCA for pulling this off in a matter of 3 weeks.
It’s been quite a whirlwind this Summer, but so much has happened.
I was one of the teachers at the Take 2 Creative Camp Program at the YWCA in Elgin. It was a great experience teaching the kids video production, acting, screenwriting, filming, storytelling, media representation/literacy, and to show them that creativity matters. My friend/co-worker Korisa did a highlight video containing all of our adventures, bloopers, and field trips.
Thank you, Take 2 and YWCA!
I was involved in doing something with the Take 2 Creative Camp Program.
The teens are working on short films that both pass and fail either the Bechdel Test or the Deggans Test when it comes to writing stories with female characters or minority characters. They’re randomly assigned a genre and had to create scripts for their project. I filmed and edited this quick little trailer to promote the Take 2 Program and their project.
Here’s a video I was involved in recently.
At the Take 2 Creative Camp, there was a garage sale fundraiser for the program outside. It was in the heart of Downtown Elgin and everyone sold various clothes, shoes, toys, video games, and baby supplies to raise money for the Take 2 Creative Camp. It was quite fun. The footage was done by by Korisa of Mad Dash Productions and some of the teens. I provided the ukulele instrumental for the video. Also, yes…you do briefly see me in some shots playing the ukulele or walking around.
I know I usually don’t post on Fridays with the Autumn Peal blog, but I wanted to share a video I helped out with. This is from Take 2 Creative Camp which is a YWCA Elgin program where teens do video production and creative projects. I filmed some of the segments and I did the background music for it.
Each one gave their own personal stories about being bullied, being a bully, or being a bystander. These stories were powerful and I’m glad to have been a part of this project.
Check out Take 2 Creative Camp at http://take2creative.wordpress.com.
It’s Curtis. I will let you know that the Autumn Peal Blog and the other blogs I manage will have a stricter schedule and not post as much content per week.
I’ll still post Throwback Thursday videos and photos.
Shutterbug Saturday will still go on.
I will only post on Tuesday if I have any new videos around.