Yesterday Vic Keegan and Suzana Borozan dropped by to talk to me and Seth Reynolds about the World Film Collective.
This relatively new organisation runs workshops to train disadvantaged young people to create their own films, including scriptwriting, filming and editing. Vic is also technology columnist at the Guardian in London so knows a thing or two about how camera, video and phone technologies are converging on a new generation of movie-makers.
Here’s a brief video chat I captured during the discussion:
Vic talks about the big change that mass availability of these tools across the world is driving:
“I think it’s dramatic and revolutionary. Because everyone’s suddenly turned into a potential creator.”
We talked about Akvo and how we’re seeking to equip all of our field partners in the developing world with the skills and tools they need to film water and sanitation projects as they happen, sharing project updates online.
WFC believes its focus on training film makers based around mobile phones is unique – Vic cited that nearly 40 per cent of phones in the developing world are camera phones.
“Everyone wants to be a film director – well we’re not all going to be that. But the film directors of the future will come not from advertising agencies but from YouTube and hopefully from people using their mobile phones, because suddenly it’s giving them the self confidence to produce their own stuff.”
Mark is a co-founder of Akvo.