Not Amused (Silent Film from YWCA Elgin)

Take 2 has been up again for another year. One of their most recent projects involved a silent film. It’s about a sad clown and other people have to make her smile, but the results are quite arduous, yet hilarious. I filmed part of this alongside my friend/co-teacher.

Feel free to check out their blog at http://take2creative.wordpress.com.


To Whom It May Concern

At the YWCA, the students at the Take 2 Program were able to write letters that address the rampant shootings going on this year. They told their honest feelings about the current world around him. The particular video is neither pro-gun or pro-gun control…it’s a HUMAN issue.

Music by Ikson: https://soundcloud.com/ikson

FB: https://www.facebook.com/YWCAElgin/

Official website: http://www.ywcaelgin.org/site/c.8qLOK6MCLeI0F/b.7960945/k.BE88/Home.htm

Take 2 Creative Camp Movie Projects

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.


Take 2 Creative Camp Highlights

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!




Take 2 Creative Camp Film Trailer

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.



Take 2 Garage Sale Video

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.



A Million Thanks: Our Thanks To You (4th of July)

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

This is a video I helped film last week at the Take 2 Creative Camp at the YWCA. The kids made letters and pictures to the military and veterans. We went to the Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL to drop off the letters. It was a fun project to help out with.

Thanks to the following…

Korisa Madayag at Mad Dash Productions: https://vimeo.com/kmad

A Million Thanks: http://amillionthanks.org

YWCA Elgin: https://www.facebook.com/YWCAElgin/