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HERE ON EARTH: OCEAN WATERS

Here On Earth is a creative educational project for young filmmakers/climate leaders. This is a place to learn, and it is a place to share. We want to nurture a positive relationship with the environment by focusing on collaboration, connection, and creativity. The camera has always been a malleable tool that can smoothly bridge the sciences and the arts. It can allow these young artists to create and make others see.

Here on Earth: Ocean Waters 2021

SERIES OF WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES ON THE THEME OF WATER

These sessions are active collaborative learning experiences. You can participate from anywhere in the world, interact with our teaching artists and guest speakers, create original works and make friends in other countries! The film workshops are led by London-based filmmaker, Pinny Grylls and organized in partnership with artist Alexis Raskin.

The guest speakers are locally and internationally renowned artists and scientists, including Nicola White, artist and mudlark from London; Ray Chin, oceanographer and cetacean photographer from Taiwan; and David Hassler, Director of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

– No prior film or marine biology experience needed.
– Open to all ages.
– $20 Suggested Donation*

*Please note the “suggested” donation allows for contributions at any amount. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Program Schedule

Filmmaking Workshop 1

MAKING A VIDEO 'SKETCHBOOK' ABOUT WATER

October 9th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

Bring your smart phones and start making a film right away about the subject of water. Be inspired by some of the films made by our Here on Earth filmmakers last year and share ideas with each other across continents about what water means to you and how it enters your life.

Guest Speaker

RAY CHIN · A DOLPHIN'S SMILE

October 16th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

Oceanographer, cetacean photographer and environmental education activist, Chin is Taiwan’s first professional underwater photographer specializing in dolphins and whales. He’s also the winner of the London Natural History Museum’s 2017 Wildlife Photography for his image of a humpback whale and her calf. For the past 10 years, he has traveled to different islands of Asia, Europe and South America to film and research underwater animals and their environment.

Filmmaking Workshop 2

INTERVIEW SKILLS · WHAT DOES THE WATER MEAN TO YOU? SPEACH & SOUND.

October 23rd · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

In this session we will talk about the backbone of most documentaries – the interview or voice over. We will talk about what water means to us in a group and get to know each other better in break out rooms where we will practice interview skills – all interviews will be uploaded to the shared ‘image bank’ for participants to use in their films.

We will also discuss the importance of sound – and a few examples will be shared. You will be encouraged to go on your own sound recording safari and upload your ‘water sounds’ to the shared ‘image bank’.

Guest Speaker

NICOLA WHITE · HOW FORAGING ON THE FORESHORE CAN REVEAL STORIES FROM THE PAST

October 30th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

Nicola White is a British ‘Mudlark’ and artist whose work is inspired by found objects old and new picked up on her walks along the Thames foreshore. At low tide, many fragments of London’s rich and ancient history are revealed along the banks of the river. One of her other pastimes is hunting for messages in bottles and she now has quite a collection! Nicola will share the stories of some of her most interesting finds as well as some of her messages in bottles. www.tidelineart.com

Filmmaking Workshop 3

EDITING

November 6th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

What is there to know about editing? How to bring a film to live with all the sounds and images you gather? In this workshop, we learn how to think and act like an editor. We will watch our tutor edit something live from the shared image bank – and encourage you to have a go. 

Guest Speaker

DAVID HASSLER · COMMUNITY POEMS AND BUILDING A POETIC NARRATION FOR FILM

November 13th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

David Hassler directs the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. In 2009, he cofounded Traveling Stanzas, a community arts project which creates illustrations in response to poems generated from community workshops in schools, healthcare facilities, libraries, senior centers, and veterans’ organizations. David Hassler will lead a writing workshop inspired by Ellen Bass’s poem, “Ode to the Fish.” As a poetic form, “odes” are praise poems that celebrate a person, place, or thing. Hassler will lead a discussion of Bass’s poem and generative writing exercises to help participants create their own praise poems to the ocean that can then be placed on the Here on Earth map.

Media Skills

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT · PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

November 20th · Saturday · 9:30AM – 10:45AM (EDT)

Do you have the skills to put it all together? In this workshop we will go over how to write a proposal for a film, a useful skill when applying for any film competitions or film schools. You can also apply this skill to write the proposal for HERE ON EARTH: OCEAN WATER scholarship programs.

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