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Youth Blog: The Archer Shoot Part 2

By | 2018-01-14T23:40:06+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Youth Blogger|

Planning the Archer Shoot

Looking back at our initial ideas, the actual shoot looked a lot different than we originally thought it would. From the time we started planning in September to filming day in November, a lot of things happened and changed. But, as I’ve written before, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and it is usually for the better.

When thinking about the location for the shoot, our high school seemed like the perfect place to film, and we were excited about the idea of filming in Archer’s beautiful central courtyard. However, because of the amount of construction on campus, Archer was not able to accommodate this activity, but still offered to support us in any way possible. We decided to film in Julie’s backyard instead.

When writing the grant, we were planning to have 8 girls total on our team. These roles included a producer, director, cinematographer, sound recordist and 4 interviewees. I initially wanted to reach out to members of different leadership club who could fill out applications about why they should be selected to be interviewed, but I did not want to add more stress to girls’ already hectic workload.

I sent out an email to my entire grade of about 80 girls, and I reached out individually to the girls who attended our small meeting in May. I also approached girls who I thought would be interested, like if they were in the film class or theater. Since this time of the year is really hectic for seniors trying balance schoolwork and extracurriculars with meeting college application deadlines, a lot of girls who were interested simply did not have the time. I still was able to put together a team of 7 other girls that were very excited about the project.

A few weeks before the shoot, Courtney Graham reached out to me about how LWSD! started working with a few consultants at Buzzfeed to help the organization increase their social media presence. She told me that they offered to connect us with YouTubers/social influencers who wanted to be interviewed about the women who inspired them. This was perfect timing because three of the crew members were no longer able to make it. Plus, when I told the girls on the team that we would have the opportunity to work with members of Buzzfeed/YouTubers, they were even more excited to be part of the project.

After finally figuring out my team members and everyone’s roles, I also worked with our film teacher to borrow the necessary equipment, like cameras, SD/video cards, batteries and tripods.We figured it would be best to use Archer’s equipment, since girls should be learning on the cameras that we have available to us at school.

What was once a crew of 8 shrunk down to 5, but I always had complete faith that we were going to make it work. With everything ready to go, I left school on Friday with the cameras and other equipment from our media space and prepared for our shoot on Sunday, November 5.

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Juliette Carrillo on JoAnne Akalaitis

By | 2018-01-14T23:37:19+00:00 January 14th, 2018|New Interview Announcement|

Happy Holidays, my friends.

What an amazing year for Look What SHE Did! The response to our work has been tremendous and I think it’s because we are meeting a true need— telling positive stories by, for and about women. We are narrating an alternative history, filling in the gaps with tales of the untold achievements of women.

In this current environment of #MeToo and #ShePersisted our mission and our message could not be more relevant and could not stand out more— because we are a joyful enterprise, telling joyful stories that accumulate into a powerful new version of history. This is our mission and we’re just getting started. Thank you for standing with us.

We’re closing out the year with good friend Juliette Carrillo telling us about brilliant avant-garde director JoAnne Akalaitis.

Wishing you a joyful holiday and a peaceful New Year

From all of us at Look What SHE Did!

“The room was so alive… because she was listening on such a deep level.”

Juliette Carrillo gives us insight into the profound creative process of one of America’s great theater directors, JoAnne Akalaitis… a woman we should all know more about.

Watch Juliette’s video about JoAnne here.

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Youth Blog: The Archer Shoot Part 1

By | 2018-01-14T23:35:25+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Behind the Scenes, Youth Blogger|

Applying for the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grant

On May 31, more than two months after attending my first Look What SHE Did! event, I received an email from Julie Hébert about applying for the Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grant through the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI).

With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI created this grant program to support new arts leadership in California. They were looking to invest in art/culture projects that would help address issues such as intergenerational leadership, multicultural leadership, inclusion and equity. The projects were required to be authored and led by diverse and/or junior-level leaders that are part-time or full-time employees or in some other way formally affiliated with the organization.

When Julie found out about the opportunity to apply for the grant, she thought of me and the Archer shoot that we had begun to talk about. Our idea was to approach the grant from an intergenerational point of view, because we wanted the shoot to be a mentorship program. Girls would have the opportunity to be mentored by a director, cinematographer, producer, etc. and then take on that role themselves. We also wanted to shoot to serve as a template for other schools in the future.

Since the grant writer was required to work for the organization, I became a youth blogger for LWSD! and wrote my first blog back in May then I began to work on the grant. I wrote about the project’s goals to encourage intergenerational leadership, foster new, diverse young female leadership in media arts and allow girls to improve their video making skills while introducing them to a large network of professionals. In addition to working on the writing portion of the grant, I helped create the budget. After a lot of drafting and a few revisions, I was really happy with the final narrative.

A few months later, we found out that we did not receive the grant. I spent so much time working on it during my summer vacation, so I was initially a bit disappointed. However, I know that everything happens for a reason. I still gained valuable knowledge from this experience — not many 16 year olds can say they’ve written a grant before!

Nevertheless, we continued planning the shoot.

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