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My Video scholarship 2010 entry

WORLDWIDE | Sunday, 1 August 2010 | Views [1111] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

With a family trip to Hong Kong planned for July 24th, I challenged myself to make a 3-minute piece in seven days.  This reflexive exploration of the travel documentary-making process came from my personal journey.  I began the week a film student on the hunt for a golden story.  Through ideas, laughs, silences and connections shared, however, I realized that the beauty of a local encounter lies in the fearless celebration of life between people.  As a documentary-maker, this requires seeing people with an open mind and heart, not as your subjects but your brothers and sisters. 

The piece’s narrative is a structured representation of lessons I learnt through filming itself, and both informed and was informed by my rushes day-to-day.

Diversity of people assures one may encounter resistance as much as openness when approaching others.  My greatest challenge was earning the trust of strangers confused about my intentions.  Just ‘having a laugh’ with new people is becoming rarer in a world rife with suspicion and fear.

As a documentary-maker, I endeavour to highlight common threads between seemingly disparate individuals and cultures.  The possibility of a united humanity depends on our ability to empathize.  To see ‘i to i’. 

Tags: 2010 travel video scholarship



Go girl!

  Benno Aug 11, 2010 9:43 PM

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