We had our first day of production and shot a bullying awareness PSA in West Austin. It’s a great feeling to wrap production and see (the footage) actual results of all the work that various people have put in to make a project successful. At MAP it is especially rewarding because MAP kids are doing a lot of the work. As an organization we have 3 main goals with each of our productions:
1. Help kids to tell their story collaboratively by increasing their visual vocabulary and their ability to control it.
2. Put kids to work on set, giving them practical hands-on experience with equipment and operations. This experience will translate over time into employability. (We call this being a Youth Producer.)
3. Create partnerships with film professionals to serve MAP kids, and organizations (creative and otherwise) that may act as potential employers of our youth in the future or may serve in distributing the finished product for viewership.
So how did we do?
BY THE NUMBERS:
Total number of youth served: 12
Total number of ‘Youth Producer’ hours created: 17 so far…we have a Youth Producer who will be assisting in the cutting and after fx process.
Local organizations introduced to MAP during production:
Lake Travis Independent School District
Total number of parent volunteer hours: 23
Total number of professional mentor hours donated to MAP kids: 57 and counting!
Stay tuned to see our finished product!