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Training in Participatory Video

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This film has been made for training purposes and is intended to accompany Insight's Participatory Video handbook The following material comes from Insight training and projects from around the world. Thanks to all those who took part! The Name Game. Hello, my name is Nick Benechriston ... ... and for breakfast I usually have fruit and yogurt and caffeine in some form. This game introduces the camera to the group Hi, I'm Gary. When I'm in a rush, I grab a banana. When I'm in a semi rush, I grab some bran flakes. I'm Colette, and I mostly eat cheese for breakfast with cabbage. These early "practice" games are more about process that product - ... ... the footage might not even be used later on. Other ways to do it ... I'm Dora and I'm 10 years old. I'm Rich and I'm 11 years old. My name is Dennis and I'm 15. I am Gariziegu. My main occupation is farming. I do yam cultivation. I rear sheep and cattle to earn a living. Then play it back ... What is achieved? 1. 1. Strengthens the group 2. Everyone has a go - an equalizer 3. They teach each other basic camera skills 4. Develops confidence 5. Good fun! Show and Tell The "Show and Tell" exercise is a great way for people to learn from their own mistakes. You give minimal instructions. Ask people to go and present an object to a person, and to film themselves doing this as a group. Here we can see a mistake that many people do at first. Instead of preparing the shot, ... ... they walk behind the group, filming while they are walking. When they watch this material, ... ... the group realised straightaway that it is much better to prepare shots. So here we see the second group. They've taken time to set up the tripod, the camera. It's a very steady shot. Preparation is key, really. The first group went out without really preparing what they were going to do. There was a lot of discussion, and all this was filmed as well, ... ... which makes not very interesting footage. Also there is quite a lot of panning and zooming, ... ... and moving around of the camera. Eventually they did find their subjects, though. The second group, whilst they got a really professional look, ... ... even here something went wrong. Listen. There's no sound. They forgot to turn on a microphone. It really is a game which throws people in at the deep end and a lot is learned. Participant's evaluations after watching back their footage 1. Wind noise on microphone 2. Avoid walking while filming 3. No panning and zooming! 4. Prepare before filming 5. Check microphone is on and plugged in! 6. Mistakes are useful Important point! When watching back footage, let the ... ... participants judge it's good and bad points. Not the facilitator! Storyboard Method Drawing a storyboard helps to visualise the sequence of shots Plan together first ... Then they film it ... I am here to ask for some farming land One scene at a time ... ... until the last one Maybe they could start the film by interviewing the uncle? This is my plan for the film. First we divided it into sections. Each part is a different topic. Here you'll talk about the history. In this part I'll ask about the ... ... benefits of greenhouses versus open land. My name is Tohtamysh Jora. They need to be able to get a loan. How much profit is left? 1/5th of my income covers all costs. Disappearing Game Ravnina! Some other ideas Community Mapping I have liked this course very much; ... ... especially the community participation. And, among the community participation ... ... the part I like the most is the community mapping. Mapping using local materials ... ... stimulates discussion and ideas. Then they present their map ... and go and film key places. They are also impressed to see themselves doing it and being videoed. And when we showed them the video, after their mapping, ... ... really they were quite impressed. And I'm sure that this is something that should continue. Organizing screenings We would do some filming, and once we'd done that particular bit of filming ... ... we would watch it and see if we liked it, and if you wanted it in the film or if you didn't. And if you didn't want it in, it wouldn't go in. First, footage must be selected by the group I've really enjoyed lots of parts of this training. It's been nice training the NGO workers, field workers, to use the camera. But especially, I always enjoy working with community and last night we showed the film back to the community. There were probably more than a 100 people there. Kids, adults, all crowding around the one television that we had showing back all the footage ... ... we had shot with them in the last three days. For me this is always a very special moment. Community screenings in the street ... Small group screenings Local policy makers at multi-stakeholder workshops and conferences Science is so broad. There are animal husbandry experts ... ... also economists. They should all come to study the local situation themselves. Researchers, NGO staff, decision makers, general public ... Even low-tech screenings are fun! Important Points! Completed film must be shown to the communities involved in making it first. They decided how it should be used and who should see it. Above all: Have fun together!

Video Details

Duration: 11 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: Insightshare
Views: 172
Posted by: giacomo on Mar 17, 2010

This video demonstrates some of the PV methods taught by InsightShare as part of their capacity building trainings designed to build PV skills for illiterate or literate groups alike. The film also reflects their core values: “mistakes are great”, “each one teach one” & the importance of fun as part of the PV process!

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