Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Multimedia Workshop helps a participant navigate through the fog

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 280, ƒ/5.6, 1/100
I'm sorry, I haven't the foggiest. This is how the story process was starting out for Liz Ortiz. Liz's own thoughts were clouded by a thick fog early in the process of capturing her story as a workshop participant in the Storytellers Abroad Missions Multimedia Workshop in Bucharest, Romania.

There were many things contributing to the fog.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 1000, ƒ/5.6, 1/500
I could tell by Liz's questions during her interview with the subject that she was stuck. The subject just didn't answer the question the way she was anticipating and it appeared as if the subject didn't answer the question.

After a few times Liz just moved on. Liz's question assumed that her subject, Nicolette, understood how a story about her could help not just her but bring more workers and resources to help all of Romania.

Liz was learning to move beyond her preconceived ideas of what she thought the story would be and learning to help explore the subject through observation and questions.

The missionaries are working to help the Romanians think about more than just their church. Liz grew up as a Baptist and just assumes that all Christians are thinking about evangelizing throughout the world. However this is not how most of the Romanians think about their faith.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 1000, ƒ/5.6, 1/500
So due to this Nicolette never talked about the need to evangelize other communities or Romania. She was just seeing she could use more workers for her classes at her church.

The missing part of Nicolette's story was why should the audience care and how could they get involved. The package was originally being produced to help a missionary raise awareness to the audience and asking them for support of children's ministry in Romania.

After talking it through with Liz, she decided to add the missionaries to the package to help complete the storyline. Watch Liz's first package that she did all by herself on Romania Discipleship.

Romania Discipleship from Storytellers Abroad on Vimeo.

Liz also had some other fun experiences while in Romania. One of them was getting licked by this cow that was walking down the street in the village of Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 500, ƒ/8, 1/500
Liz Ortiz just graduated from Liberty University and is doing an internship with ABWE this year in addition to the workshop. Maybe you are in a similar position, just graduated of this coming year you are a Junior or Senior in a communication program.

If you do not have in your portfolio a multimedia package that you totally produced solely by yourself then you might be the perfect candidate for a workshop like this. If you are interested then send me an email so I can put you on the list for the announcement of next year's workshops that I am doing.  Here is my email address Stanley@StanleyLeary.com.

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