Making Media

That Matters


Making Media That Matters is a program for girls in which participants develop film and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in their communities. The program provides a platform for girls to tell their stories and be agents of social change through film. Making Media That Matters is filmmaking for civic engagement and social justice.


Photo Journal

Week 1 | January 27, 2017

Agreement for a safe and creative space

Opening circle: Two things that you are good at

Visual storytelling lesson

"5 things you care about" exercise

Week 2 | February 3, 2017

"5 things you care about" exercise

Narrowing down the issues we care about

Breaking into production teams

Coming up with story ideas

Week 3 | February 10, 2017

Opening question: "I am happy and fulfilled when..."

Lesson on self esteem

Word of the day: "Oppression"

"Run like a girl" video

Developing a Story

Week 4 | February 17, 2017

Opening question: "How would a friend describe you in 3 words?"

Special guests from the Teen Alert Program (TAP808) presentation on the portrayal of women in media and its relation to the normalization of dating violence.

Screenplay exercise

Character development

Word of the day: "Privilege"

Teen Alert Program is a Hawai'i-based teen dating violence prevention program. Providing education and changing the norms related to violence and gender roles. Visit them at tap808.org

Week 5 | February 24, 2017

Opening question: "What is one thing on your bucket list that, if you could, you would do today?"

Presentation by Grace from Planned Parenthood

Presentation on camera angles and movement by Elliana

Production roles, Casting & Location discussion with Lisette

iPhone exercise: tell a story in 5 photos

Week 6 | March 3, 2017

Opening question: "What is one physical feature that you are most proud of?"

Story concepts

Screenplay development

Closing question: "If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?"

Week 7 | March 10, 2017

Opening question: "When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?"

Shooting for editing: shots, 180 degree rule

Revisit stories from previous week

Station rotations

Closing question: "Who do you go to when you need help?"

Week 8 | March 17, 2017

Opening question: "What is something on your person that tells a story about you?"

Camera tech workshop: camera safety, exposure

Station rotations: Camera, Production, Writing

Closing question: "What fictional place would you like to visit?"



Week 9 | March 24, 2017

Opening question: "What is one of your favorite childhood memories?"

Station Rotations: Story building, Camera, Writing Workshop

Closing question: "What was your biggest adrenaline rush?"

Week 10 | March 31, 2017

Week 11 | April 7, 2017

Opening question: "What is one thing that people misunderstand about you when you first meet them?"

Production begins for two groups!

Week 12 | April 14, 2017

Week 13 | April 21, 2017

Week 14 | April 24, 2017

mmtm 2017 is made possible thanks to the generous support of novo foundation

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Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking

We are a 501.c.3 non profit organization

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1050 Queen Street #100

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96814