Video production

This is my 7th and last TMA for this course. As indicated in the concept paper I submitted earlier, the video production is a feature on Migrante International, particularly the efforts of its chapter in Europe to help the organization win a partylist seat in the Philippine Congress.

The main content of the video is the interview I did with Ms. Grace Punongbayan, Migrante Europe’s coordinator, last February 24 in Amsterdam.

Migrante’s Charles Palomar and Gerlie Zarcauga provided additional footage, while a number of migrant friends allowed me to use their Facebook photos.

The songs I used were downloaded from YouTube, which were later converted into MP3. Levy Abad Jr. is the voice behind “Awit sa Bayani”. The song “Wanted Pinay” is by Andrei Tuason (music) and Edward Perez (lyrics). I’m still looking for the information about “Bagong Bayani”.

I also mobilized a friend, Ma. Aurelia Mendoza, as interviewer and production assistant during the actual interview so that I could concentrate on camera work.

Windows Movie Maker is the software I used in mounting the video, which was a bit problematic in the beginning. The computer kept on crashing and it was only after updating the program did I manage to solve the glitch.

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Voice, music and SFX

Here’s my sixth TMA for this course. The idea was to combine voice, music and special effects in a one-minute production that sells an idea. I decided to gather photographs of Migrante’s past activities and mount them using Windows Movie Maker. Featured music is the organization’s official campaign jingle and the voice-over at the end was extracted from the interview I did today with Ms. Grace Punongbayan, executive director of Migrante-Europe.

Audiovisual learning materials

Paaralang Migrante

Me and my former students

My four-year-old Macbook Pro suddenly conked out recently and while rummaging through my backup files, I came across these PowerPoint Presentation materials that I did in 2005 for the computer wokshops being offered then by Paaralang Migrante (PM).

PM was a project I got very much involved in upon returning to the Netherlands after a three-year work stint in the Philippines.  It was initiated by Migrante Europe, an international alliance of migrant organizations, as a response to numerous requests from its membership for computer lessons.

Our first batch of participants really had no prior knowledge in using a computer, so producing these audiovisual materials proved to be very helpful in their learning process. We did manage to train three more batches after the pilot group, but the lessons had an abrupt end when Migrante lost its big office in Amsterdam.

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Anyway, you may click here to view what’s left of the website we set up then. And below are samples of the study materials I designed for the Windows XP module  (I’m still looking for the sources of the reference materials we used):

Harlem Shake

After “Gangnam Style”, new video memes called “Harlem Shake” have been going viral on the Internet. And seeing tons of these “shakes” myself has left me wondering how such a craze could capture the interest of a global audience — not only as passive viewers but also as active participants in the creative process, as shown by new clips that keep popping up online. The compilation above, for one, now has 2.4 million hits just six days after it debuted on YouTube.

Update: Here are two articles that discusses the origins of the “Harlem Shake” and put the phenomenon in perspective: