(From Left) Kerry Landgarten, Marc Marrero, and Jaebi Bussey directing a set.
On July 14th, 2014, the Digital Stewards began a program called “Digital Boot Camp”. At this four week “Boot Camp”, The Digital Stewards and others began learning film and media production skills, such as how to properly use a camera, set up lights for a desired look, set up sound equipment, and directing a set.
Jon Mayer, one of the facilitators of Boot Camp, Helping Hassan Stevens set up lighting equipment.
For the first week of Digital Boot Camp, the Digital Stewards were tasked with taking pictures while focusing on certain objects, Setting up the cameras exposure correctly, and using the “Rule of Thirds”. An example of “The Rule of Thirds” is when the subject of your photo is off the the left or the right of your shot, or on the “left third” or “right third” of the screen. An example can be seen below:
During the second week of Digital Boot Camp, the Stewards were tasked with making a “Silent Film”. The Stewards began writing a storyboard for their films and began filming as soon as they could. After getting all of their shots, they returned and began editing their films. When all groups finished their pieces, all of them were shown to the entire group.
The third week of Digital Boot Camp was dedicated to finding facilities that were willing to allow the Stewards to create a sort of commercial for them. The facilities included the Miccio Center, the distillery Widow Jane, South Brooklyn Community High School, and Flickinger Glassworks. This project was going to become their “Final Project” and the key to completing the boot camp. As soon as the Stewards were assigned their subjects, they began planning and shooting their commercial for their respective facility. This work also carried over to the fourth and final week of Digital Boot Camp.
Kerry Landgarten being interviewed for the South Brooklyn Community High School commercial.
For the final day of Boot Camp, the Stewards held a showing of their final projects. All participants of the boot camp as well as some staff of Red Hook Initiative and South Brooklyn Community High School, and even some friends and family came to see what everyone accomplished over the past four weeks. Links to their silent films and commercials can be found below for your viewing.
(STAND UP!) http://vimeo.com/103387092
(Lottery Ticket) http://vimeo.com/103387093
(Don’t Stop) http://vimeo.com/102863261
(Miccio Community Center) http://vimeo.com/102863257
(Cacao Prieto/Widow Jane) http://vimeo.com/103367011
(Flinkinger Glass Works) http://vimeo.com/103387091
(South Brooklyn Community High School) http://vimeo.com/105013865
The Participants of Digital Boot Camp 2014.