D3@PSP’s new project!

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We’ve begun a new project at PSP called Through My Eyes, a video project that gives our teens the freedom to create a 2-3 minute film of their choice! We are two weeks in and already we’ve seen how beneficial the D3 process is to this type of project. Because the teens were so excited to start this project, we (as facilitators) love how the process slows down and harnesses their eagerness and their nature to jump in with both feet, which with film, can feel like biting off more than you can chew.

To gain a better understanding of genres of film as well as experience how tedious filming can be, we had the teens draw slips out of a hat that had different film genres on them, allowing that teen to direct a (goofy) 30 second short in that style. Take a look at what they came up with, filmed and edited in under 2 hours!
The teens decided for themselves to either work alone or with a group and began discovering their perspectives and voices through journaling and time-lining their lives. They brainstormed movie ideas and defined their ideas last week, one more creative than the last: we have a stop-motion movie about two roommates who are outrunning Bigfoot, a somber documentary about life at PSP, a parody music video and a story about two hard-boiled eggs who fall in love. We have also partnered with PSP’s Garageband program to help with sound and creating/sourcing music. Next week brings a field trip to one of our community partners, Miami Ad School, and filming!

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The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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