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:

Mike Sandejas: Using filmmaking for community building

From its YouTube intro:

“After experiencing burnout during his film career, Mike Sandejas’ lost passion for filmmaking was revived when he started working pro-bono on a local television show made in the small city in Bataan, Philippines. Starring local teens singing about their real lives, Mike put his own career on hold and focused on making the dreams of others come true.”