The majority of the media environment is fast paced and attention grabbing, it’s part of our consumer driven culture. This assignment is to slow down and see what is right in front of you. Explore your environment with your camera like an artist with a sketchbook. Things that seemed boring become fascinating as you look longer and in more detail. Look for shadows, reflections, emptiness, density, color, and light. Experiment with your camera angles, get close, hold your camera low to the ground or climb up to gaze down, don’t be afraid to move around to get the right angle. Capture around 5 shots that when assembled make about 1 minute in length.
Some camera tips as you begin shooting...
As a bonus try this method for really slowing down and looking.
Learn more by watching this Lens on Climate Change video.
Gather footage from a group of your friends into a shared online folder. Each of you makes a 1 minute film from the shared footage, or one person volunteers to be the editor of your collaborative film. Watch your movies together!
Tips and Hints: You can use Google Drive if you have access to that.
Watch your films together either online, or set up a screening.
Reflect afterwards: What is surprising? How would you do it differently next time? Hatch a new plan!
A great example of an ongoing collaborative film: https://yourviewsfilm.com/
Take a trip to explore what scientists have discovered about the waters near you.
Dead Horse Bay
Manhattan Virtual Tours
New York Times
Marine Park Salt Marsh
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Thames Festival Trust
Meet The Modern Mudlarkers
Mudlarking on the Thames
The Lost River Fleet
Self-Guided Digital Tour
Discover Ship Wrecks and London’s Maritime History
Houseboats of Regents Canal
Kinmen County Fisheries
Watch works by artists engaged with environmental issues.
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