“A NEW WORLD is unfolding before our eyes. While many focus on the latest tech toys or gadgets, the truth is that the unfolding world includes amazing advances in understanding the origins of the universe and of life itself. More and more, science, which has often been seen as an enemy of the world of faith and spirit, is confirming realities that formerly could only be described in religious terms.
A popular culture which focuses on celebrity and gaudy materialistic values is not well equipped to tell the stories of the reality-shifting discoveries taking place in a wide range of fields. Nor is it often geared to tell the stories of countless unsung heroes impacting their communities through selfless giving at the local level. But now there is an alternative arising from the democratization of media, where anyone in the world with a cellphone camera can post a video on the Internet that is seen by millions within hours. As the costs of production rapidly plummet, and more and more of us decide to expand our digital media diet beyond mind-numbing explosions, zombies and vampires, the main limits to new media creation have to do with vision, persistence and talent.”- Dr. Richard Panzer,President of Barrytown College
Help Us Direct the Change
We’re looking to do something new at Barrytown College this summer—to share the vision and stories of the new world through digital media and inspired story-telling. In June of this year we will host a video script competition; in July, the winning scripts will be produced during an on-campus media arts internship program, Direct the Change. Together, script writers, musicians, graphic artists, and sound technicians will collaborate with videographers, editors, and mass communication managers to creatively express what it means to live a life of true love in accordance with Unificationist values. By the end of this summer, we willhave produced a variety of short, inspirational, and educational videos through this process.
A script competition will take place from June 12th through July 1st in order to collect potential project ideas at Barrytown. Our target video length is approximately 4-7 minutes, averaging a script length of around 3-5 pages. Successful scripts will offer content accessible to college freshmen and sophomores. A script may convey its story or message in any number of video forms and genres, but preference for production will be given to those scripts that creatively and poignantly share principled perspectives on any of the following themes:
- Human Identity
- Marriage, Family, and Relationships
- Culture and Values
- Science and Religion
- True Fulfillment and Selflessness
The Direct the Change Media Project will explore the emerging conversations between science and religion, what brain research is revealing about human identity, male/female differences, what truly makes people successful and happy, and how culture has been used as a means of distraction and control, but also as a tool of enlightenment and liberation. Our Program will highlight stories of local “heroes” who make a difference in the lives of their families, neighbors and communities, here in America and around the world.
Whether you choose to film personal narratives or interviews, create animated stories, compose and shoot music videos, all types of stories are welcome: we want Barrytown to provide a creative and flexible space where various forms of principled storytelling may flourish. For more information about how to write a successful script and the many diverse film genres to consider, click HERE.
Interested in submitting a script?
If your script is chosen—
You’ll be able to share it, fully produced and ready to direct the change by the end of the summer! You will also be invited to join us at Barrytown during the2nd week of the internship, July 14th-20th, to watch as our interns bring your script to life.
Second, the Video Producing
After selecting the top 5 scripts, we will proceed with principal video filming and production at the Barrytown College media arts internship, Direct the Change, running from July 8th-August 2nd. The internship curriculumis designed to introduce the tools of media production and analysis through creative and socially relevant visual storytelling.
Through the creation of small intern teams consisting of 3 participants each and the creation of one or two video stories per group, interns will engage in every phase of filmmaking: storyboarding, directing, shooting, and editing on Final Cut Pro. Our goal is to nurture the talents, skills, and development of all participants, and we respect the experience and perspective that each person brings to the program.The internship will conclude with an open screening of all videos produced.
For a more detailed overview of the curriculum click HERE.
You can also access a copy of the on-campus internship application HERE.
At the End of the Day
Barrytown College will cover the cost of room and board for all accepted media arts interns. Stipends may be awarded depending on the success of our crowd-funding campaign, which you can follow HERE.
We also welcome your support for the Direct the Change Summer Media Internship program! Click HERE to make a donation!
We look forward to working with you soon!
You will find a variety of websites listed below providing resources for scriptwriters. We hope that these internet resources will help you in crafting your video scripts. We also recommend digging around further to see what else you might find out there. There are many books on scriptwriting available to you, for instance—you may be surprised to find what helpful resources your local library or bookstore have waiting for you.
- These websites feature brief descriptions of and links to different kinds of scriptwriting websites; they provide a broad spectrum of perspectives through which to approach the task if you’re not quite sure where to begin.
- The following websites consist in series of blog posts and articles, providing scriptwriters’ personal and experiential insights into the various components and processes of scriptwriting.
- These final links get more into the technicalities and the theories of scriptwriting and storytelling, offering articles on these topics, respectively.
We thought it might also be helpful to provide a sample of the different film genres out there today. There are a great number of thematic genres—like comedy, fantasy, non-fiction—to consider but do also keep in mind the diverse structural genres—like documentary, animation, music video—available to you as you write. We’re open to any theme and form that powerfully and successfully tella story—you needn’t feel limited to the examples we’ve provided below. You also need onlylook through these if you’re curious to see howsome other great stories have been shared.
Documentary: The documentary genre provides an excellent way to share true stories and personal experiences.
- This is a scene from the eye-opening, independent documentary King Corn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDurZc5Yr6c
- Although TED Talks are not quite documentary, they share a prominent quality in their direct portrayal of the personal narrative. Check out this talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius” from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA
Animation: Animations allow for a great range of graphic and thematic creativity for your story ideas.
- “Creating a Life You Love” is an animated short introducing the Exposition of the Divine Principle to general audiences. http://vimeo.com/57958935
- Ken Robinson delivered a talk on the future of education that was subsequently “animated” by RSA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
Short Story: We may not be ready to produce feature films this summer, but a short story can impact audiences in much the same way as a full-length film might, bringing thought-provoking ideas to life in only minutes.
- Find out how a tortilla chip-inspired dance changed one young man’s perspectives on life in Momentum. http://vimeo.com/67025679
- In this SciShow episode, Hank Green shares the historical facts and statistics behind the Mayan 2012 prediction of “the world’s end”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_109677&;feature=iv&index=2&list=UUZYTClx2T1of7BRZ86-8fow&src_vid=Z0o6hQLcSRc&v=KjKUqQ2uSzg
Music Video: There’s nothing quite like watching an excellent song put to an excellent video—a music video can open the hearts and minds of its viewers in a matter of seconds.
- See how Banco Sabadell shared this oldie-but-a-goodie to open hearts very new way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg