Global Lives South-Central Asia shoot: Seeking collaborators
The Global Lives Project is planning a shoot in South-Central Asia for August/September 2009. We will be recording the life story and 24 hours in the life of an as-yet-to-be-selected person from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. The subject will be age 10 or younger and will come from a religious community outside of the world’s major religions. See the subject selection page on the Global Lives website for more details on the proposed subject profile.
We are a nonprofit educational arts organization with more than 250 collaborators in 8 countries and we are looking for volunteers in South-Central Asia to participate in the project. While participation will not be remunerated, the project offers broad, worldwide exposure for collaborators’ work and the opportunity to be a part of a growing and dynamic collective of creative and socially-minded filmmakers. While our current priority is to find a Producer, we need all of the following types of people and organizations:
Partner institutions – We are looking to partner with a university’s communications department, a museum, a video production studio, or any other cultural institution interested in being involved in the shoot from start to finish, and also with organizing an exhibition in the future.
Co-director/producer – Involved in subject selection process from the beginning, making preparations for shoot on the ground. Approximately 6-8 days total of time commitment including preparations and shoot. Also involved in post-production.
Camera operator – Commitment for the day of the shoot only + transportation time. Works usually in 2-person teams for 8-hour shifts.
Photographer – Day of shoot only + transport, 8 or 12-hour shifts.
Production assistant (good position for a film student) – Providing support throughout selection process to the director/producers with preparations for shoot. Commitment to assist with post-production also helpful.
Interpreter/translator – Needed for the day of the shoot as well as for pre- and post-production.
We already have three experienced Global Lives Project volunteers ready to join with local collaborators to produce the shoot:
Nobuhiro Awata is an experienced video producer and director, photographer and audio technician. Born and raised in Japan, Nobuhiro lived in New York City for five years and now is living in Taipei where he is studying for a degree in Computer Science. Nobuhiro was a co-Producer of the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007 and a camera operator and still photographer for the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.
Chieko Kato is from a small, traditional city called Takayama in the mountains of Japan. From a young age Chieko was eager to see the world, and made it her mission to travel at every chance she gets. In between extended bouts of travel, she studied commercial photography and worked for 5 years in New York as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant, and photo retoucher. In 2007, she returned to Japan and has been working as a freelance photographer, producer and interpreter for small video shoots, and as a studio assistant. She participated in the Global Lives Japan shoot in 2007, as a still photographer and production assistant and again as a still photographer on the Global Lives China shoot in 2008.
Hes has been a freelance cameraman for 19 years, working for Dutch National TV and public stations like the VPRO, NPS. He has shot a number of documentaries on political subjects and music. Hes was a cameraman on the Global Lives Serbia shoot in 2009.
Local team members will also be asked to provide camera and sound equipment.
To find out more, check out our website at http://globallives.org and send an email to production [at] globallives [dot] org. Emails will be understood easily if sent in English, Russian, Spanish or French. If you can translate this email to any other language, please do and send it along freely!