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.

Enjoy the Student Films Below!

 

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, Megan Babbitt and Cassandra Johnson.

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