Peoples Academy Community Documentary Behind the Scenes

Posted by Myles David Jewell

Peoples Academy Social Studies teacher Kate Toland was a Discovering Community Summer Institute participant, and has brought the media skills from last summer into her classroom to produce community documentaries with her students. Each student is choosing a theme, finding a community partner to interview, and then editing a short video to be shown in a community showcase. Since the beginning of the year, the class has been working with community themes like youth, elders, tradition, challenge, and change. They even dedicated a whole wall in the classroom to map out how all these themes overlap and intersect and to keep track of the production process, from pre-production, production and post-production.

During one of the visits, I set up one of Kate's students, Larkin, with my camera rig to get some experience with a DSLR.  Below you can see a quick look at the behind the scenes of a typical class.