Part 1 (above) and Part 2 (below)
Behind the Scenes:
This two-part film highlights three of the education programmes--Primary & Secondary School Hostels for children from remote areas; Child-Based Community Development (CBCD) preschools; Vocational Training for Youth--of People's Rural Education Movement (PREM) in Orissa, India.
The DVD film, the first for PREM, was produced to send to current and potential donors as well as partners.
Resources were limited to a single camera without an external microphone, and a trial version of a do-it-yourself editing software. And we were up against a tight deadline: we had a two-week window before an important potential donor would be visiting to discuss entering into a long-term funding agreement on initiatives like the ones we’d be filming.
We had two weeks to shoot at a half dozen different locations in three districts of Orissa, plus interviews at PREM’s campus headquarters.
Although my colleagues enjoyed touting me, sincerely, as the director, my role wasn’t to make the film so much as to get them to make the film. In that regard I fought the urge to take over any creative control to make production a collective effort.
Location filming took place at 4 different CBCD centres in Kandhamal district 3 hours north of PREM’s facility in Mandiapalli; then at 2 different vocational institutes in Puri, across Chilika Lake to the northeast; and finally at a pair of youth hostels in Mandiapalli just outside of Berhampur.
On-camera interviews were shot over two days at PREM, with a day off in between when most people couldn’t get to work because of an unbelievable downpour that flooded the entry road into PREM’s campus, forcing us nearly to miss our deadline.
I was hesitant to write a script, preferring the interviewees to speak from the heart. But--possibly due to their uncertainties with English and their anxious debut at the sharp end of the camera lens--my colleagues requested a script. Script turned into cue cards, and well, the rest is there for posterity.
(The president--whose wooden comportment on camera is no indication of his actual personality--didn’t ask for a script, and only gave us one take’s worth of his time to get his introduction.)
In the end, it came together to the satisfaction of everyone in the organization, and seemed to be a hit at its unofficial launch.
YouTube link Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXArYof2IEUYouTube link Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKP_Tp5sCTk