PERSPECTIVES: PERSONAL FILMMAKING
Fall 2018, JHU-MICA Film Center and on location
In this digital filmmaking workshop, student fellows will work together to tell their own and each other’s personal stories. They’ll explore one another’s perspectives and support one another’s individual visions on a range of subjects, including relationships to family and friends, and to the environment, both urban and natural. Projects will incorporate video footage shot during the workshop and cellphone footage shot between meetings, and may feature “diary” moments of self-reflection and discovery. Through review of accumulated material they’ll work on identifying a core idea, the story in the story. They’ll learn both technical and aesthetic aspects of video and audio recording, including shot composition, interview protocols, editing, and the basic elements of sound design. Their films will be shared at a public screening and on the program website. Fellows are not required to own smartphones to participate. Limited to 12 student fellows.
Charles Cohen's most recent documentary film is The Crooked Tune, an Old Time Fiddler in a Modern World. He has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and Baltimore City Paper.
Dorothy Johns is a proud Baltimore City native. She is the granddaughter of Mildred Allen, the first black female Arabber in Baltimore, and herself worked as an Arabber, maintaining her own stable and advocating for young people to engage in the care of horses. A community leader and activist, she continues to search for new ways to reach Baltimore's youth.
Darian Jones is currently working towards his associate's degree in Digital Media Production at the Community College of Baltimore County. He is interested in documenting unique and authentic stories, and he hopes to give back by teaching others.