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  • judysellner 3:20 am on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Back from Trinidad! 

    I had a productive and enjoyable visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

    I interviewed a recipient of the OAS scholarship (my main reason for the visit), a professor of communications at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). I also did some interviewed for another OAS video from a different department. These interviewees were teachers who are a part of the Interamerican Teacher Educator Network, an OAS initiative to connect teachers across the Americas and the Caribbean.

    One of the teachers that I interviewed actually offered to show me some sites around that area of the country and get some local food. I got to see a lot more of the country than I thought I would be able in my short visit.

    I sampled coconut water (which you drink from a straw straight out of a young coconut). I also tried the national beer, “Carib.”

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  • judysellner 6:41 pm on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to Trinidad! 

    I’m leaving tonight for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. I am working on the Organization of American States on a video to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the OAS scholarship program. The video will mostly consist of interviews with former recipients of the scholarship.

    My main assignment is will be interviewing the Director of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, a former recipient of the OAS scholarship. Since most of my filming will take place only in one day, the OAS asked if I’d like to stay in Trinidad for a couple of extra days (paying for my own food and hotel after Day 2 in Trinidad) since they are arranging the flights for me. I took them up on it since I’ve never been to Trinidad before, so I will be there for a week.

     
  • judysellner 3:22 pm on July 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    New opportunity! 

    Great news!  I was referred by the Pan American Development Foundation to work on a video for their affiliate, the Organization of American States (OAS or “OEA” in Spanish) in the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture.

    The project is a video to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the OAS scholarship program, which funds a student from an OAS member state to pursue higher education in another OAS member state.  The video will mostly consist of interview testimonials from former scholarship recipients.  Some OAS scholarship recipients are now directors of hospitals, universities, professors, and ambassadors all over the hemisphere.

    Since most of the interviewees are in Latin America and the Caribbean, my supervisors have been working to get local student film crews to conduct the interviews on location remotely (at limited to no cost to the OAS!).  Since many of the interviewees have connections with local universities, this was fairly easy to do.  Though as the producer, I will personally film at least two of the interviews myself.  One will be in Washington (the interviewee works at the World Bank, right across the street from the OAS building), and the other will require travel.

    I’m so grateful that PADF recommended me to work on such an exciting project!

     
  • judysellner 11:33 pm on July 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Hola from Colombia! 

    I have had an amazing visit so far.  Technically, this is a business trip and I´m here for work, but who would call shooting video up in the beautiful Colombian mountains work?!
    On Tuesday, we flew from Bogota to Popayan.  Popayan is known as “la Ciudad Blanca” (“the White City”) because all the buildings are painted white.  The city strongly reflects traditional European architecture in its layout.  Bogota in contrast, is a big cosmopolitian city with a large business district.
    From Popayan, we drove up into the mountains into Silvia.  Silvia is inhabited by a group of indigenous people called Guambios or Guambianos.  One of PADF´s projects in the region provides resources for economic development in the area to preserve the indigenous culture.  We interviewed the coordinator of the project (who is receiving a Hero of the Hemisphere award from PADF) as well as other beneficiaries.  The Guambianos recieved funding from PADF to build a mill to grind up grain.  This mill, powered by the river, was built in the traditional way- without any electricy or power tools!  The Guambianos also set up fisheries where they raise trout to sell.  I got to film all of this!
     
  • judysellner 3:13 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to Colombia! 

    I’m leaving the States again this weekend, this time for Colombia.   I will be there for all of next week.

    I’m mostly staying in the capital city of Bogota where my organization, the Pan American Development Foundation has an office.

    I will be filming several projects in Colombia, but the main one is conducting a video interview of one of the 2010 recipients of PADF’s Heroes of the Hemisphere awards.  The Colombian “hero” works to preserve the indigenous Guambiano people of Misak by initiating profitable economic development projects.  Misak is considered to be a fairly dangerous place in the country because of the illegal drug trafficking in the area.  I actually had to get a security clearance from the country office before leaving.  I’m traveling with my supervisor this time (I went to the Dominican Republic alone), so that makes me feel a little bit better!

     
  • judysellner 1:32 pm on June 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Update from the Video Lab 

    I had a meeting at the Pan American Development Foundation office this week in the Organization of American States Building downtown to talk about my recent business trip to the Dominican Republic.  I had prepared a DVD of a few highlights from the footage to share with the communications department.  Everyone seemed pretty happy with the footage that I shot.

    After logging and capturing the footage into Final Cut Pro, my next step will be to send PADF the interview footage that I shot, so that we can determine which parts of the interviews will provide the strongest statements about the programs that PADF sponsors.  I also need a little bit of help with translating the interviews since I’m not quite fluent in Spanish.  PADF has an unlimited subscription to You Send It, a file and media sharing site, so I can easily send them footage electronically.

    Once I have fairly solid (and translated!) statements from interview footage, I will work to make the video into a cohesive story.  The DR video will be one of six videos that I am producing this summer for PADF’s second annual Heroes of the Hemisphere awards gala.

    If you need me, I’ll be in the video lab!

     
    • FB 3:38 pm on June 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you share the finished product on the blog!

  • judysellner 10:54 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Back from the Dominican Republic! 

    I just got back from a week in the Dominican Republic, with the Pan American Development Foundation.  I went to do some filming for several video projects in the country. I mostly stayed in the capital, Santo Domingo, where PADF’s DR office is located and took day trips to several cities across the country for the various filming projects.

    The first and most important project was interviewing and shooting B-roll video for this year’s honoree for PADF’s Heroes of the Hemisphere awards event.

    I also shot video and interviews of Centro Puente in Dajabon, an beneficiary organization that works on borders issues between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  On Mondays and Fridays, Haitians are permitted to cross the border into the Dominican Republic to sell their goods at a binational market.  I actually got to go and shoot the market and the border.

    Finally, I shot interviews and video about the new fire station that PADF donated money to build in Bavaro, a tourist resort area on the south-eastern part of the country.

    I was scheduled to travel with PADF to Colombia next week, but we decided to push the trip back to the end of July because of the upcoming elections.

    All in all, I shot about six hours of footage total.  Now, I have to log and capture all the footage into Final Cut Pro, and make the footage into videos.  So basically, I’ll be spending the rest of the summer in the editing lab!

    I had an awesome time in the DR and hope to come back some day (preferably to one of the beaches!).

     
  • judysellner 5:27 pm on June 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Off to the Dominican Republic! 

    I am leaving tonight for the Dominican Republic to shoot video for the Pan American Development Foundation.  I will be flying into the capital city, Santo Domingo, and driving to Las Matas de Farfan, where I will be interviewing this year’s honoree for the Heroes of the Hemisphere awards event.  I’ll be bringing my Canon Vixia HV40 HD camcorder with a shotgun microphone.

    The honoree, Amarilis Castillo, works to improve conditions at the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  The border is one of the most challenging areas in the country, particularly after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Castillo created a network of civil society organizations called Nuestra Frontera (“Our Border”) to combat poverty in borderlands.

    I’ll be back in the States next Monday!

     
  • judysellner 9:36 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    New blogger: Video for Latin America 

    Hello all!

    My name is Judy and I’m an MA student in the International Media program at AU.  This summer, I am interning at the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) as a video consultant.  PADF is a DC-based non-profit organization that provides aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The videos that I will be working on this summer are for PADF’s annual Heroes of the Hemisphere awards event.  Each year, PADF awards five individuals or “heroes” from around Latin America and the Caribbean who have served as an agent for positive change in their community.  The awards gala will feature a short video documentary about each hero and the work they’ve done.  It’s my job to complete those videos.

    So far, we have footage of “heroes” from Brazil and Mexico.  In June, I will travel to the Dominican Republic to interview the “hero” and shoot the video myself.

    Stay tuned to hear more!

     
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