Added by on February 21, 2012

The February workshop was amazing! Thanks to all the focused and creative participants, we ruffly 20 participants and actors.

We had 3 teams shooting films; a dramatic short about substance abuse and the threat of assault, a short about taking action for something you really care about, a “slasher” short about glorified violence, and a mini doc with interviews about what media justice means to some of the participants of the workshop.

Raechel Running, professional photographer and visual artist, and Mike Benally from Truth Pictures (https://twitter.com/#!/truth_pictures) joined us as guest mentors. Mike shared his knowledge of pre-production with real-world experience of having to be prepared for anything on set. Raechel shared a slideshow presentation of cultural practices in Indigenous communities in Mexico and her techniques for composition and lighting. Scrumptious catering was provided by Princess Benally.

Whats a filmmaking workshop without technical difficulties? This workshop was truly an exception for technical issues. After hours and hours of filming, including staying up pretty late to get some additional shots, a MiniDV tape physically broke when one team was getting ready to capture and edit. In the face of this challenge, media ninja and mentor Ned came to the rescue and fixed the tape. Although that team couldn’t edit their entire film, a trailer was made and they created a mini-doc.

Special thanks to OYBM mentors who do this all volunteer: Ned, Shelby, and KC.

Stay tuned to www.oybm.org, films will be posted soon!

– Klee Benally
OYBM Collective & Volunteer Mentor

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