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    Community Workshop 1 Recap

    by Michelle Miller, HOLLOW’s workshop coordinator

    Saturday we hosted the first of three Community Workshops for HOLLOW. There were about 15 participants, as well as volunteers and team members from around the state.

    This workshop provided a chance to discuss the various roles community members could take in the project and provide feedback to the team on what has been shot so far. In part one, we talked about the ways McDowell County has been portrayed by other filmmakers and journalists, listing the negative or frustrating words we’ve all heard.

    Words that describe how McDowell County residents are portrayed on the left and words that they feel identify their community on the right. (from @hollowthefilm workshop #1)

    There wasn’t a single community member who talked about these negative words without immediately providing the counterbalance—words like pride, warmth, diversity and resilience. With those concepts in mind, we reviewed the first clips of footage and talked about what to shoot next. They were happy to see a visual montage of themselves that no one had created before—images of everyday life in restaurants, fishing holes, church Sundays and fairs.

    Many people talked about how they wish their others from the community, specifically local leaders, would have joined them for the workshop and agreed to take responsibility for turning them out in July.  

    In the afternoon, HOLLOW team member Eric Lovell explained balloon mapping. He showed some test images he’d taken of Linkous Park, talked about his plan to bring young people into the project through balloon mapping and asked for feedback about places to map.



    We closed the workshop with some video camera training, reflection on the experience and discussion of what to do for our next workshop. Community member and volunteer fire fighter, Ron Serino, took a camera home with him that day to start shooting and everyone committed to bringing three others along with them for our July meeting.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #West Virginia  #michelle miller  #community  #workshop  #storytelling  #media  #training  #video  #documentary  #hollow  #hollow an interactive documentary  #Elaine McMillion 
    SoLost Doc Series →

    SoLost is the original video series by The Oxford American that celebrates getting lost in the American South. SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. With subjects prospected by master image-maker and Southern back-roads champ Dave Anderson, we delight in the tastes, sounds and myriad cultural delights of this our glorious landscape. Join us every month as we unveil a new episode of SoLost: artful, online video shorts that explore the complexity and vitality of the American South.

    — 1 year ago
    #south  #United States  #soLost  #oxford american  #southern  #docs  #online  #video 

    Interesting slice of a McDowell County community from 1981. A feature Story about Northfork High School. Northfork HS has since been closed and consolidated into Mount View High School. At this time, they had 700 residents now there are 429 (2010 Census)

    — 2 years ago
    #Northfork  #wv  #youtube  #video  #basketball  #state  #sports  #West Virginia  #southern  #appalachia  #mcdowell  #archival footage  #1980s 
    Interactive Map/Video: Capitol Assets →

    Mapping the earmarks

    Across the nation, 33 members of Congress have helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to dozens of public projects for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.

    — 2 years ago
    #mapping the earmarks  #ben de la cruz  #washington post  #interactive  #politics  #mapping  #video  #documentary  #online  #storytelling 
    La Zone →

    Take some time to explore La Zone by Guillaume Herbauta haunting digital documentary about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.This project is very interesting and beautifully shot and executed. The use of maps with photos and video gives it a very sophisticated feel. It recently won France 24-RFI web documentary prize. It has alot of interesting interactive elements. While you are watching a video you can choose to skip to the next image or go backwards, however the audio track continues. The film deals with the “ghost town” effect of this area with contemporary footage, old photographs, and voiceover. There are many documentary portraits, as well. However, some of the videos are composed of just haunting long shots and narration.There are several ways to navigate the website; one way is along the bottom by clicking through the words near the timeline and the second is near the top through an layered icon. 

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #Guillaume Herbaut  #maps  #photos  #video  #digital  #web  #documentary  #storytelling  #film  #journalism  #interactive  #online