• It is so easy
  • to ignore
  • what you can't see

Focus on Storytelling

Videos, photos and web design that represent the whole picture,

but always celebrate the small details.

JEFFREY  S

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WHAT WE DO

ADVOCACY

One of the best tools for generating support, a video gives you  wide reach. We have worked in video/photo advocacy for several years and can produce a concise, enthralling piece with you.

 

CONFERENCES & Events

Document important events and conferences with video. We will capture invaluable moments with participants and guests, allowing you to retain critical teaching moments for future training.

 

PERFORMANCES

Capture and share valuable collateral from live dance or theatre performances with a detailed video. We can create a video that saves your performance information in a variety of  ways that a larger audience will be able to relate to and retain.

 

web design

Create an experience for your customers and stakeholders. Whether the site explains a product or simply educates on your brand, this is the perfect tool for your business.

 

VIDEO PROJECTS

With years of experience in creative responsibility , we have some projects to show for it.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY

    CREATING  AN AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN  IMAGE  AND  MESSAGE

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    DIGITAL STORY TELLING WORKSHOPS

    have  proven to be very successful in building confidence and

    self-esteem in young people. The approach is simple: use an uncomplicated photography workshop to strengthen young peoples’ natural desire to speak out and diminish their perceived inability to do so. The training delivered through the workshops essentially ignites each participant’s imagination, empowering him/her to voice their story and connect with their peers and communities.

     

    SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

    are available for a full day, or over an extended one week series of classroom visits

     

    1) YOUTH ARE GIVEN group training on variou aspects of photography including, basic operation, colour, pattern, and how to fill the frame. The emphasis here is to move away from the rushed “family photo” and into truly slowing down and seeing a single image that is engaging to the eye. Participants are often amazed at this stage at how artfully they can see the world around them when given the opportunity to do so.

     

    2) MENTORS AND YOUTH engage in discussions on the power of photography and how it can be used as a vehicle for communication and social change. For many participants, this might be the first time they have ever been invited to look through a lens of a camera as a means to express themselves. Samples are provided to participants so that they can see and hear the story of a single image and learn how a peer took a solitary image and told a moving (and sometimes humorous) story about it. Each participant is subsequently encouraged to capture an image that tells a meaningful story for him or her. At this stage they have been armed with new photography skills and a new way of “seeing”.

     

    3 ) AFTER TESTING THEIR NEW SKILLS, participants choose an image(s) that comprises a theme or tells a story. Participants then work with a mentor to write their story before presenting their work to the group. More often than not this is where a participant discovers that he or she actually has a lot to say about something very dear to them.

     

    4) EACH PARTICIPANT recites their story to our video camera and completes a short documentary style interview to further explore the meaning of their image(s). We also capture biographical information about the participant during this activity.

     

    5) SEVERAL ASSETS are produced during the workshops and later compiled by for public presentation. Film footage is edited together, photos are made into photo galleries, and all assets are placed onto one project website where participants’ creations are showcased. The website and plug-ins for social media sites provide youth with a way to share their stories with each other, and importantly, with the world.

    APHASIA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

    1000WORDS

    1. BACKGROUND

     

    1000WORDS involves a process whereby people can identify, represent and enhance their communication skills through a specific photographic technique. It entrusts cameras to the hands of people and asks them to use the immediacy of the visual image and accompanying stories to promote oral/verbal communication by means of sharing their images with each other and the public.

     

    2. METHODS

    Using a creative, intuitive, abstract approach to photography participants are taught how to make a photograph. They use point and shoot cameras. Power, zoom and focus distance are covered as we strive to keep the technology simple. Participants take photos and return to the group to share, using an lcd projector. Participants are given weekly ‘homework’ assignments. We gather weekly to view and discuss and print the images. We maintain a gallery in our space for all to see. Later in the project we seek out public gallery space to display the work.

     

    3. RESULTS

    For people who are experiencing communication difficulties, being equipped with a camera and having the time and opportunity to express themselves within a safe, secure and caring environment, is an incredibly empowering experience. Our participants have trouble being heard. As they develop their photography skills and take images which they are proud of, so also their self-belief grows. Even if tentative at first, participants gain confidence as they see that people are actually interested in what they have to say and in viewing their work at exhibitions or events. Participants begin to believe that their view counts and also, very importantly, that they themselves can make a difference and be active agents in their lives.

     

    1000WORDS provides not just training in photographic technique, but also in visual literacy, communication, leadership and life skills.

     

    Skills gained through 1000WORDS project:

    • Thinking skills: self-awareness, social awareness, goal-setting, problem solving and decision-making

    • Social skills: appreciating and validating others, working with others and understanding their roles, building positive relationships with friends and family, listening and communicating effectively, taking responsibility and coping with stress

    • Negotiation and decision-making skills

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    TORONTO

    ON

    p.647-271-4042

    e. pastense@sympatico.ca