A call for baltimore youth to Document this extraordinary YEAR through their eyes.
The SNF Parkway is partnering with Park School alumni and Baltimore filmmakers, educators, and community organizations to invite young people to create video diaries about their daily lives during this extraordinary and unusual year. Baltimore Chronicles will provide an important outlet for Baltimore youth to share their stories and experiences while learning the craft of filmmaking.
Young people will submit short movies capturing their experiences and submit them via a free application process on filmfreeway.com. Those movies will be presented in a screening on the SNF Parkway virtual theater platform in the spring of 2021 and a collection of the films will play during a series of pop-up outdoor screenings around the city.
Special Thanks to Baltimore Chronicles Sponsors:
Dates and Deadlines
07/30/20 Submission Opening
06/01/21 Regular Deadline
08/01/21 Notification Date
08/01–10/31/21 Event Date
Have you ever wanted to make a movie about your life?
Do you live in Baltimore?
Are you between 11 and 21 years old?
Can you shoot video or would you like to learn?
Do you like the idea of sharing your story with the rest of the city?
Videos must be 4 minutes or less and made by a person living in the Baltimore region who is 11-21 years old
HOW TO SHOOT
Feel free to use any camera you have access to including the camera on your phone.
- Every now and then, make sure the videos are saved properly.
- Always hold the camera sideways/horizontally so the video looks like it would on a TV
- The camera lens is on the other side of the screen. Be careful that your finger doesn’t cover it up when shooting. Best to hold the phone by the top/bottom edges if you are shooting handheld.
- MOV and MP4 are the best file types to submit but don’t worry too much about it.
- Use a tripod or other stabilizer if you have it. This will give you a stable picture and free up your hands while you’re recording.
- Above all, be sure to maintain your own safety and the safety of others.
WHAT TO SHOOT
Capture Daily Moments
Turn the camera on for a few minutes each waking hour of the day. Show whatever’s happening around you. Describe what you’re seeing & share what you’re thinking about. This could be your morning routine, your daily work routine, quiet time in the evenings, etc.
- Use the camera to give visual tours (of your home, how you do your work, anywhere that’s part of your day). Describe what you’re showing on the camera.
- Use the camera to take video through the windows of your place. Do you look out these windows a lot these days? Describe what you see.
- Take video of things that show how your life has changed in the past few months. Explain what you’re looking at.
- Sometimes, when recording Daily Moments, try to set the camera up on a tripod (on selfie mode) and move it as far away from you as possible to get a wide shot of your environment. Go about your daily activity – cooking, thinking, reading, talking on the phone, whatever it is – and just let the camera run for a few minutes without talking to the camera. These moments give us an uninterrupted snapshot into your life.
QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ANSWER
(Remember, you only have 4 minutes, so don’t feel you have to answer them all)
- What part of the city do you live in? Describe what it’s like.
- How has life changed for you in the past few months?
- What’s an average day like for you right now?
- What did an average day used to be like for you, before everything changed?
- What’s been the hardest part about the change?
- What are you looking forward to? Where do you see yourself a year from now?
- What’s the hope you hold onto that keeps you strong?
Do you feel more or less connected to and supported by your community than before? Why / in what ways?
What are you doing to survive and make ends meet?
How’s your food and housing situation right now?
Is there anything else important on your mind right now that you want to share?
If you’re interested in participating, here are three online support workshops to guide you through the process of shooting and editing on mobile devices.
Image-making & Cinematographywith Jovan James
- How do you tell a story using images?
- Introduction to cinematography, lighting, and the organization of images with a focus on getting the most out of available resources.
- Basic techniques of documentary and diary filmmaking will also be discussed.
- Come prepared with some ideas and learn how to turn them into compelling moving pictures!
Editingwith Marc Vives
- Understand why editing is the organization of filmed material
- Learn how to combine images in a way that is impactful
- Introduction to common editing techniques and look closely at the effects that certain cuts and transitions create
- Even if you haven’t finished shooting your film — or started — this class will help you think of exciting new ways to tell your story.
Sound Designwith Matt Davies
- Explore the incredible potential of sound in cinema.
- Learn how sound is used to convey both information and emotion from voiceover to score
- Introduction to best practices for high-quality location recording, sound editing, and mixing
- DIY techniques for creating amazing sound effects at home
Jovan James is a filmmaker and photographer from Baltimore dedicated to showing the black experience with compassion and unflinching honesty. Starting from a young age with an interest in medicine and science, he independently discovered his love for film as a teenager. Jovan earned his BFA at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He started at NYU Tisch Grad Film in 2014 where he made his first short film, The Jump Off, that explores the end of a relationship between two young gay black men, it had its film festival debut at UrbanWorld in New York City and has played at over twenty film festivals across North America. His most recent short film, Tadpole, which follows the possible beginning of a queer teenage romance, debuted at New Hampshire Film Festival 2018, where it was awarded Best Student Film, and has since played over a dozen festivals across the country. After graduating from Tisch Grad Film in May 2019, he relocated to Los Angeles and was selected as a fall intern at the coveted internship program at Bad Robot Productions. In January 2020, Jovan premiered his newest short film and NYU Grad thesis, BUCK, at the Sundance Film Festival.
Marc Vives is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been editing feature films since 2006. He began his career in documentary, editing the artist portrait The Painter Sam Francis, which remains his only work to have screened at the Louvre. He transitioned into fiction by way of the hybrid film Putty Hill, which won numerous international film festival prizes and was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. In 2013, he attended the Sundance Director’s Lab as an editor and was co-nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing for Museum Hours. In 2018, The Kindergarten Teacher won the Directing Award at Sundance, and in 2019, Blow The Man Down won Best Screenplay at Tribeca. He has recently returned to documentary, editing an episode each for the Netflix series Dirty Money and The Innocence Files. Marc has mentored over a dozen projects through IFP’s Feature Film Lab, taught editing at The Edit Center, and was an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. He lives with his wife and daughter in Maplewood, NJ.
Matt Davies is a Supervising Sound Effects Editor, Foley Artist, and Partner at Sound Department in Los Angeles and Studio Unknown in Baltimore. He got an early start in film sound while studying as an undergrad at Maryland Institute College of Art, doing production sound for documentaries, performing sound art, and designing sound for stop-motion animation. Matt now teaches Sound for Animation at MICA. Combined with a background in fine art sculpture, his love for sound results in hand-built instruments and collecting interesting items, trinkets, and junk for the ever-growing collection of Foley props at Studio Unknown. As a Sound Designer, he’s accustomed to contorting his voice to make creature sounds, tweaking analog synths, and can be found on the Foley stage combining weird objects to find just the right noise.
Image-making & Cinematography with Jovan James
Editing with Marc Vives
Sound Design with Matt Davies