MOTION-PICTURE / DIGITAL MEDIA / PHOTOGRAPHY

Mission: Paper Rocket Productions (PRP) mission is to provide uniquely tailored video production services and support by incorporating the latest in Entertainment Technology to author sophisticated and creative content for the Motion-Picture, Digital-Media and Photography. Paper Rocket Productions provides services for Individuals and organizations. PRP is located in the Northern Arizona region, home to many beautiful Geological Locations, Indigenous Communities, New Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact. Currently their is a displacement of media literacy, in indigenous communities not owned or operated by indigenous people. PRP thrives to inspire indigenous community members to convey their stories through Motion-Picture, Digital-Media and Photography. We are dedicated to give our audience's a new perspective of Indigenous people in the United States and the world.

Multi-Media and Indigenous Filmmaking: Film Production/Photography/Music Production

Multi-Media is a combination of text, audio, still images, animation and video that are usually accessed through electronic devices. We allow these mediums to help evoke communication to introduce change, in our society. 

It is important to honor our ancestors by gathering information for the future generations, be it from: stories, anecdotes, family traditions, songs and especially hard information like photos or documents. Treating this information as a guiding element for story telling may be personal but often as storytellers say, we base our stories on what we know. It is a priority as a storyteller to understand your past to also shape the future. 

There is a continuing demand for more media outlets within our reservations. Though the reservation currently houses a radio and newspaper, its coverage is limited to both its staff and monetary needs.

However, with the evolution of technology, the need for big budget publications is no longer an essential aspect for broadcast media. In recent years, blogging, social networking, message boards, podcasting and YouTube have all been utilized in sharing stories affecting people in different places around the world.

These advancements in technology have the potential to create outlets for people to voice their opinions and concerns in very rural areas around the globe. With our colleagues, we have created short documentaries showing multiple aspect of Native American culture. Through many of the excerpts lasted no more than five minutes, its content allowed a glimpse for foreign viewers to witness a piece of culture unaccustomed to their own. We have seen the effects of filmmaking and what empowerment it can create within individuals.

Multi-Media Workshops

The Nature of the program is to educate participants of the importance of utilizing visual devices in efforts to construct; digital transmission media, digital media, electronic media, multimedia, news media, and etc. We would also like to incorporate into the curriculum a brief history of media and how media is currently evident on the Navajo Reservation.

  • Teach a brief history of media
  • Discuss Current Media on the Rez
  • Incorporating Media with Filmmaking

How the program will be conducted will be based on a curriculum that incorporates the filmmaking as well as the importance of media within an isolated society. Given the vast geographical area of the Navajo Nation, it is necessary for each participate to voice their opinion on issues that are affecting their local community; that being the community of Shonto, Kayenta and Shiprock or surrounding areas.

The outcome of the workshops is for all participants to be both interactive in the process of making a film and to be able to simultaneously achieve a singular goal as a fully functioning team.

  • Teamwork
  • Discover the importance of Media
  • Create a Video

The Most successful workshops, that we have witnessed, where those that thoroughly covered an in-depth look on the importance of Pre-Production, Production, and Post Production. The extra-time spent in teaching each subject allowed for more students to be “hands-on” Trained in multiple aspects of filmmaking. If some students are not keen to the technical aspect of the filmmaking process, there is certainly alternative activities that can apply each participant toward their own creative endeavors, Script Supervisor, Gaffer, Researchers, Story Board Artist, Location Manager, Producers, and etc. 

In Conclusion, by cultivating this project we are creating an engaging alternative perspective of how media affects the United States as well as Native Communities. We hope that our partnership will allow independent media to blossom within your community.

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Special Thanks

Workshop Mentors

Shelby Ray, Camille Tso, Ben Velazco, Patrick Tso, Cassie Goodluck Johnson, Kino Benally, Chris Cegielski, Sam Minkler, Sakya Calsoyas, Ryan Dennison, Cassandra Johnson and Megan Babbit.

Locations

Kayenta Cultural Center - Kayenta Unified School District - Kayenta, AZ

Shiprock Office of Dine Youth - Shiprock, NM.

Shonto Community Governance - Shonto Chapter - Shonto, AZ

Haa Naa' Dli Youth Center - Huerfano Chapter - Huerfano, NM


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Production (Project)

Operations begin with our clients contacting our company for intended use of our services. We develop a structure or script to follow, our client’s video enters production and after production the video clips are secured via hard drives to be edited and finished for intended use on the Internet or for internal use.

 


Crew

By providing a diverse environment Paper Rocket Productions can select the right crew for each job based on the intended jobs specific objectives and duties. Our crews can handle shoots ranging from sit-down interviews, multi-camera shoots that require several crew members to manage a production.


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Paper Rocket Productions: A decolonizing epistemology of young Indigenous filmmakers

by Xamuel Bañales

This Interview explores the significance of Paper Rocket Productions-an independent film company co-founded by young Indigenous filmmakers in Northern Arizona, USA. The author highlights why their artistic works are exceptional, followed by a discussion with two of the filmmakers and co-founders of the enterprise. The conversation brings attention to their filmmaking, primarily to the forthcoming feature-length documentary "Water is Life - Tó éí ’iiná até". This film reveals how the industrilization of the Navajo Nation negatively affects the sacredness of water and traditional ways of life, and the interview calls attention to how Paper Rocket Productions relates and contributes to a decolonizing epistemology.

Politics of Identity: emerging idigneity

Edited by Michelle Harris, Martin Kakata and Bronwyn Carlson

UTS ePress ISBN: 9780987236920

The issue of Indigenous identity has gained more attention in recent years from social science scholars, yet much of the discussions still centre on the politics of belonging or not belonging. 

While these recent discussions in part speak to the complicated and contested nature of Indigeneity, both those who claim Indigenous identity and those who write about it seem to fall into a paradox of acknowledging its complexity on the one hand, while on the other hand reifying notions of 'tradition' and 'authentic cultural expression' as core features of an Indigenous identity. Since identity theorists generally agree that who we understand ourselves to be is as much a function of the time and place in which we live as it is about who we and others say we are, this scholarship does not progress our knowledge on the contemporary characteristics of Indigenous identity formations.

The range of international scholars in this volume have begun an approach to the contemporary identity issues from very different perspectives, although collectively they all push the boundaries of the scholarship that relate to identities of Indigenous people in various contexts from around the world. Their essays provide at times provocative insights as the authors write about their own experiences and as they seek to answer the hard questions: Are emergent identities newly constructed identities that emerge as a function of historical moments, places, and social forces? If so, what is it that helps to forge these identities and what helps them to retain markers of Indigeneity? And what are some of the challenges (both from outside and within groups) that Indigenous individuals face as they negotiate the line between 'authentic' cultural expression and emergent identities? Is there anything to be learned from the ways in which these identities are performed throughout the world among Indigenous groups? Indeed why do we assume claims to multiple racial or ethnic identities limits one's Indigenous identity? The question at the heart of our enquiry about the emerging Indigenous identities is when is it the right time to say me, us, we... them?

10. Refusing Nostalgia: Three Indigenous Filmmakers' Negotiations of Identity

by Jeff Berglund

(Paper Rocket Productions is feature on page 185)