One of the major projects we’ve been working on is a new site to help teach basic film production. This version is in English but the real intention is to make our training available in other languages and countries.
GlobalFilmTraining.org is a place where emerging filmmakers can learn about visual storytelling and technical aspects of filmmaking. It is not intended to be a comprehensive film school, but available and translatable for underserved communities of learners. You can check out the English pilot version if you follow the link above.
We have been working on a series of web spots designed to encourage spiritual conversations between Christians and Muslims. Here’s a spot we completed earlier this summer. Our first simple animated spot of this series; we like how it turned out.
This short video reflects the longings of many families who are displaced, without a place to call their homeland. What does it feel like to never be “home?” Does God see and understand the needs of the poor and dispossessed? Does he hear their prayers?
Of course, much thanks goes to our whole team of animators, editors, and sound designers.
“Phone dating” is a phenomenon in the Middle East. Young people are not allowed to interact in person so they often resort to seeking relationships via their mobile phones. Our partners at Maarifa.org asked us to create a short video spot that invites discussion about the risks of these ‘virtual’ relationships and what may make for healthy relationships. The video clip is embedded with an article on phone dating in the “Life” magazine section of the site. (Sorry it’s all in Arabic.)
Here’s a link to the English version.
Here’s a video our team recently completed that gives a brief overview of the media training projects we are doing in different places in the world.
Those who tell the stories, shape the culture.
A major focus of our work is to raise up new visual storytellers in other cultures. The goal is to empower them to tell their own faith stories via the many new 'channels' available on the internet.
Feel free to contact us to ask questions or to see how we might be able to collaborate with you.
by Matt Castagna
Teaching classes at Indian Bible College in Flagstaff was one of the highlights of my year. Students came from many backgrounds; Eskimo, Navajo, Apache, Inca, Lakota, and even a girl from jolly ole England!
On Saturday I had 11 students show up to help shoot a short film. In the morning we finished scripting the project and then in the afternoon we were out in a local park right on the edge of the mountains shooting the various scenes. We ended up fighting the wind (microphones don’t work well in high winds) and the ever changing (because of all the clouds) lighting conditions. But I must say, they did a great job and the resulting video looks great! On Sunday I attended a Navajo church out on the reservation. The rest of the day was spent editing the video together so I could leave them with something usable. We’ve been invited to go back in April to teach an advanced class.