50% of OPOE held their first low-cost film workshop this week on beautiful Union Island.
The other half contracted a nasty virus. Read the full story below.
This was a week of ups and downs, comings and goings. 2 of our group fell ill with Chikungunya, an infection caused by a mosquito born virus. Annie was the first to get it, then Shale. Symptoms include, rash, fever, arthritis like pain and swelling in the joints, and the coup de gras - the feeling of one's bones being misaligned and broken. It also causes one to have to move bent-over, stiff and shuffling, much like a robot. (See picture, left.)
Annie spent most of the week in bed (she is currently recovering nicely, thank goodness) and Shale contracted it the day before he had to return to the US, which meant he had to travel home with the above list of symptoms. It was sad to see Shale go. He was a great travel companion, writer, and audio guy. He will be missed.
We were told that since Annie is infected, if she is bitten by a mosquito, Nuin-Tara and I are at risk to get the Chikungunya if bitten by the same mosquito. So for the remainder of the week, Nuin-Tara and I have been sleeping like mummies, to avoid Annie's infected mosquitoes.
Despite these setbacks, the workshop was a great success. We had 12 engaged and excited participants and covered a range of topics, including: storyboarding, mic techniques, audio, b-roll, directing, editing, how to engage a range of audiences, and a lot of in-the-field-filming.
Originally, OPOE was slated to host their first workshop on St. Vincent, but we ran into trouble logistically and had to cancel. Luckily, Stanton Gomes, a Union Island local, member of the Environmental Attackers, and founder of Radio Grenadines, was able to secure us a space, find participants, and handle logistics overnight. A huge thanks to Radio Grenadines (check out their great article about our workshop) and to Stanton for making this workshop happen.
Driving around today, Philmon told me, "The skills we learned in the workshop will not go to waste." He is already thinking of starting a film club, and Stanton is talking about a narrative film called, Drift, about 2 guys stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere. I'm kinda of jealous of their film club. I need to find something like that at home.
Last week, I was feeling like we should stay in Union longer. This week, with the workshops coming together at the last minute, we were able to extend our stay. Now, on Saturday, I feel like we should stay longer still. There is a remarkable, vibrant, independent community here in Union - proud of their history, culture, and ability to fend for themselves - far away from the politically opposed mainland.
This afternoon, Philmon, Nuin-Tara and I, hiked up to a bluff overlooking Chatham beach for a last chance to get some decent aerial shots of Union. The wind was gusting strongly, and on my first flight, I almost lost the Quadcopter over the trees, 400 meters below. Philmon scrambled down the steep slope to retrieve it, and it ended up landing safely between some trees. Despite this shaky first flight and the harsh winds and short flight times, we ended up with the best aerial footage of the trip.
We almost didn't go filming this afternoon, and we almost didn't come to Union Island at all. I guess it goes to show that the best things can come at any time.
Check out our entire archive below...
- Jul 12, 2016 New Video: Puruvesi (Ice fishing in Finland) Jul 12, 2016
- Mar 5, 2016 Puruvesi Mar 5, 2016
- Jul 14, 2015 Almost, Exactly Average or: How I Stopped Worrying and Started to Love Crowdfunding Jul 14, 2015
- Jul 8, 2015 Summer on the Jukajoki Jul 8, 2015
- May 18, 2015 What are they building in there? May 18, 2015
- May 7, 2015 No Silver Bullet: Ecomodernism, Technology, and Path Dependency May 7, 2015
- Nov 11, 2014 Some Fish, Some Tango, and a Fiery Goodbye Nov 11, 2014
- Oct 26, 2014 62° 39' 00" N, 30° 08' 00" E Oct 26, 2014
- Oct 14, 2014 Bluefields to Wawashang - Final Nicaragua Installment Oct 14, 2014
- Oct 3, 2014 Monkey Point & Bangkukuk: Part 2 Oct 3, 2014
- Oct 1, 2014 Monkey Point & Bangkukuk: Part 1 Oct 1, 2014
- Sep 30, 2014 ¿Que Podemos Hacer Juntos? (What Can We Do Together?) Sep 30, 2014
- Sep 11, 2014 Reflections on Union and a Brief Respite with Cosmos Sep 11, 2014
- Sep 2, 2014 The Sea Will Rise, Barbuda Will Survive Sep 2, 2014
- Aug 25, 2014 OPOE in Antigua or, Tarantulas, LambLions & Plumeria Aug 25, 2014
- Aug 24, 2014 A Farwell to Union, Hello Grenada Aug 24, 2014
- Aug 10, 2014 I'll Have One Film Workshop, With a Side of Chicken Fever Aug 10, 2014
- Aug 4, 2014 Island Hopping - from Bequia to Union Aug 4, 2014
- Jul 30, 2014 A Sub, a Princess, Chicken and Bake - Another OPOE Week in Review Jul 30, 2014
- Jul 20, 2014 From Santa Fe to St. Vincent - OPOE's First Week in the Field Jul 20, 2014
- May 30, 2014 Fast Tracking Climate Adaptation–tapping our natural tendency to experiment May 30, 2014
- May 21, 2014 Reframing Despair May 21, 2014
- May 8, 2014 May 13th Campaign Launch! Help Build Momentum May 8, 2014
- May 5, 2014 Update - letter of support from USAID! May 5, 2014
- April 2014