The participants become a film crew for the duration of the workshop. Through this simple transformation, the group is challenged to develop their abilities, both as collaborators and individual task-masters. Examples of these individual responsibilities include directing, camera-operation, sound-operation, production and acting.
Technical skills in film-making are taught throughout the workshop, such as translating ideas into a scenario, creating a storyboard, operating high-definition video camera, sound capture, interview techniques etc. Given the time constraint of most workshops, editing is done by the facilitators, directed by the participants.
The FLL approach
A central theme to every workshop is to empower people through creative expression and carefully facilitated discussion. This creates a “safe” environment to process difficult issues or to tackle complex topics. Each workshop is different, but invariably brings together a diversity of life experiences, opinions and social backgrounds. The process of working through the subject matter can at times be fun, at other times serious. The important distinction between most educational material and FLL workshop-generated films is that they lend a face to social issues that are often represented in an impersonal way. Because of the way they are created, these films speak a language that people share.