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Making Media That Matters
2022 March 26 - May 7, 2022

Week by Week

Week 1 - March 26, 2022

True Collaboration


And we’re back like we never left! 

Of course we were only just at Ka Waiwai two weeks ago wrapping up our Reel Camp and our first in-person MMTM just before that. Time really does fly when one is in the midst of creating. Since our group was sizable but still a bit smaller than the previous Reel Camp, we had some time to get to know each other a little more during the welcoming circle. Both participants and staff got the opportunity to share with everyone what brought us to this space, why filmmaking, as well as a chance to think about what the phrase “making media that matters” means. 

Everyone was then invited to come up with community agreements together. This is such an important exercise at every camp that we do. Filmmaking is an intense form of group work that requires patience, understanding, and clear communication in order for projects to run as smoothly as possible. I feel that beyond the expected high school group project or a sports team,  collaboration tends to be shunned in the larger, more capitalized society mindset bustling just outside our doors. The goal of teamwork and collaboration in the eyes of capitalism is not to create bonds, work on something meaningful and life-giving with others, or produce something that can serve as fuel for others wanting to be inspired into taking action for worthwhile causes. The goal of collaboration in capitalism is to eventually abandon the team. Collaboration serves as a means to an end– use others as needed and then leave them in the dust once one’s toe is just about to hit the finish line. At HWF, however, and with many creative practices bent on fostering a love for the specific medium and the expression it can yield us, the goal is much different. The medium serves as a means of individual expression as well as an invitation to see how others express. It is a chance to learn about how others feel and experience things. It is an opportunity to bring the efforts and skills of each team member into the project and make it into something that everyone will be proud of. Community agreements such as respecting one’s space, communication, non-discrimination, non-judgement, and honesty are ways to ensure this process remains a true collaboration. 

After the community agreements, Vera and Keana launched the room into a lecture on the basics of filmmaking. Once the lecture is over and we have a quick lunch break, participants get some hands-on practice with the equipment. Some are previous participants and others are here for the first time but everyone is always stoked for this part. As we wind down our first session and everyone reflects on the few hours we spent with each other, the word that continues to pop up in our closing circle is excited. Every third word seems to be excited. And I can’t blame them. Sometimes we all feel the exact same way about something and there’s really no better word to describe it. I know I definitely agree with them.

Even if I’m not making films, I’m excited to see what they end up making.

Week 2 - April 2, 2022