Film making camp is complete!
Our tenth film making camp is now complete. It was a great summer. As usual we had a terrific group of young film makers -- ages 7 to 18. The multi-age grouping leads to the older film makers being able to act as guide/master. The younger film makers are thus able to be in the role of the apprentice and participate in new and creative challenges with the help of the older guides.
Film making is a greate way to create a collaborative problem solving and coordinated behavior. The fact is a film cannot be made unless every camp member has a role and is motivated to engage in a process where they join forces and regulate and montior the needs of the group as a whole.
Film making also reqires deliberation -- thoughtful participation. This is very improtant to our work at GroupWorks West. We do not want our young film makers to simply follow directions but rather we want thoughtful/mindful decision making.
So, here is a recap of our films this summer:
1) Silent films (Chaplin inspired)
2) Physical comedy (Jim Carrey/Ben Stiller inspired)
3) Under dog stories (Rudy/Rocky/Sea Biscuit inspired)
4) Sci fi (Abyss/ Signs/ET/Starman insipred)
One more note: A representative from Autism Speaks came out for our last camp day to see how we run our camp -- as they contributed $5000 in grant money. It was a pleasure to be able to share our camp with Autism Speaks. I hope we can joing forces again next summer!