What is collaborative Filmmaking?
Collaborative Filmmaking is an embodied, participatory, and visual research method in which participants are trained to create, analyze, and screen films to answer a research question. The method is useful for exploring sensitive health topics and providing nuanced insight into practices, relationships, and spaces that are difficult to capture using existing methods. Additionally, the participant-produced films center community voices and can serve as powerful, authentic advocacy tools. Fun fact? The research method was developed at Pitt Public Health by Drs. Sara Baumann and Jessie Burke!
Why is it important for new students?
We want to give you every opportunity to express yourself, and as new students you are going through a lot. Some of you are beginning graduate school for the first time in your lives, some of you are moving to a new state or even country, and all of this experience brings new feelings. For some of us, embracing art and creativity through filmmaking is a great way to showcase your thoughts in a way that is therapeutic for the creator and inspiring for viewers.
What are we asking of you?
We are looking for a few students to create short film projects over the next month to help illustrate the experience of preparing for grad school. These pieces do not have to be completely refined and can be as creative as you want them to be! We plan to share your masterpieces during new student orientation to kick start a longer collaborative filmmaking project, in which students will be invited to document their experiences throughout their first semester at Pitt Public Health.
I am not familiar with creating videos, is there help available?
Absolutely! Here are some tips to get you started, but if you would like to connect with a member of our team to brainstorm or need technical support, please reach out to Mike Dolinger.
- Have you used Instagram stories or Tiktok? If yes, you already have experience creating original, creative content to tell your story! Feel free to use the videos you create on these platforms as the foundation for your film.
- Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If yes, spend a few minutes showing us a day in your life as you prep for grad school.
- Are you more of a photography type? Use your phone or camera to capture still photographs that reflect your feelings, whether it be excitement, anticipation, or even nervousness, and drop them in a timeline with music on iMovie or another video editing platform.
What are the rules and technical specifications?
- Create films of any form (e.g., drama, video diary, animation, montage, comedy).
- Films should be under 5 minutes in length.
- Make sure everyone you show in the film has given permission.
- Films in their final form should be submitted to (Mike or Sara) by August 15.
Ok, you got me interested! How do I sign up?
Registration will be available here soon. More details will be announced during a special session with Sara Baumann during Orientation.