Multimedia for Social Change

Stasi’s Revised Project Plan by stasiharrell
March 30, 2011, 12:22 am
Filed under: Reflections

As you may have read in Koree’s post, due to reasons outside of our control, our project is currently at a standstill.  We had planned to record the interviews of the Zapotec elders and edit this footage into short, but meaningful clips for the FIOB website.  Unfortunately, Rosalinda, our FIOB Liaison, has been unable to schedule the interviews.  Koree and I were more than a bit worried about what would happen to our project, since we have already had to change our entire project proposal once already.

So, we met to discuss possible ideas for a concrete media project, given our limited resources and, at this point, limited time-frame.  We realized we had quite a bit of footage from one of the FIOB workshops, including some insightful interviews.  As we watched the videos, a new idea began to take shape.  Taking a cue from some of the call to action videos we watched earlier in the semester, we have decided to create a video that will raise awareness for the Oaxacan-American population about the dismal state of the Zapotec language and of the culture as a whole.  Further, the video will also demonstrate how important the culture is to the “youngsters” and the importance of preserving it.

We have created a rough outline for our video: First Rosalinda explains that the Zapotec language is going extinct, and that the disintegration of the culture may mean dramatic changes for the Indigenous population.  Then we will go into the interviews with the “youngsters” who explain why they value their roots, why they consider themselves Oaxacan, and why it is important to preserve the culture by participating in organizations like FIOB.  During this time, we will use photos we have and will continue to compile from FIOB of Oaxaca and of FIOB cultural events, both to enhance the interviews and to possibly cover up any awkwardness of the interviewees.  Then we will move on to clips from Gaspar Rivera-Salgado’s presentation of how to preserve a quickly dying language and culture.  We want to portray a sense of urgency, a call to action for Oaxacan natives living in America to save Zapoteca.

Here is our new and improved timeline (though we plan to go forward with this new plan, we still want to leave the option open to help compile footage of the elder interviews, so we have included dates on which we are completely open for interviews)

4/1- Meet with Odilia and Rosalinda to discuss new project proposal

4/2- 11:00-2:00 Edit in IML, decide on which clips to use, open for interviews

4/3- 1:00- Gather photos from FIOB office, open for interviews

4/8- 5:30-8:30- Edit in IML

4/9- 11:00-2:00 Edit in IML, open for interviews

4/10- Open for interviews

4/12- 6:00-8:30- Edit in IML

4/13- 5:30-8:30- Edit in IML

4/16- Check-in with Odilia and Rosalinda

4/18-4/22- Finish editing

4/27- Final rough cut due, present to Odilia and Rosalinda

It would be most effective to post this video online, as this is the medium which will provide the most traffic and reach our target audience- younger generations of Oaxacans.  We want to introduce these “youngsters” to the idea that their culture matters, and hopefully inspire them to take steps to preserving their culture.  If nothing else, our video will draw attention to the issue and serve as a cultural artifact to document the current state of the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles.

On a more practical note, Koree and I spent four hours in the IML tonight.  Granted, we spent most of this time learning how to upload and save our videos onto the harddrive, doing this again because the harddrive we had originally checked out broke, and figuring out a new project proposal.  However, the time we spent actually working with (more like desperately trying to figure out) final cut proved we need help in this area!  The IML people were very helpful, and I found some great tutorials on the Annenberg digital lab website that will hopefully make things go much smoother than they did today.  If we still have trouble, we will request a one-on-one tutorial with the IML staff or attend one of the workshops at the Annenberg digital lab.  Either way, despite the fact that we were somewhat limited today in terms of what we had the ability to accomplish, we know we have many resources at our disposal and will definitely not hesitate to use them!


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