NEW CONTEST: Who do you call when you want the last word on a subject? You can learn a lot from asking a brain surgeon about brain surgery, a marine biologist about whales, or taking piano lessons from a master pianist. Of course, sometimes people who claim to be experts are really just fakers. Take a look at these words and see if you can tell the difference between the pros and the poseurs.
CREATOR SPOTLIGHT: Adielenah Perez, a NYC filmmaker and karate teacher, shares her experiences with filmmaking with Project Ed. She talks about how Project Ed is a great way to practice and hone your skills!
It looks like you’re involved in multiple projects as a filmmaker and artist. What drew you to Project Ed (and educational media, if applicable)?
This is a great question! My work with filmmaking actually began with educational media when I joined a youth organization called Global Action Project in Manhattan. This was an internship I did through high school. I began working with them when I was 15 and all of our filmmaking was centered on community advocacy and social justice media. Some of the projects I worked on included a piece about gentrification, Anti-Smoking campaign for teens and the failing public school systems in New York. Our goal was to bring awareness on topics that were not being widely discussed in our communities and to teach and share with other people, better ways to approach these issues and find solutions. So my work has always come back to this seed. I enjoy working on any project that aims to educate. This is why I find Project Ed such a motivating organization.
Who are some of your greatest influences, and how have they influenced your work (If it’s a teacher, please share!)?
My high school advisor and english teacher, Phyllis, might be the biggest influence. She pushed me to really explore my creative side. Whether it was poetry or playwriting, she always encouraged me to go for it and hold nothing back. I would leave her little poems and share my writing with her and without fail, she always stuck a little Post-it on my writing with motivating and empowering words. The folks at Global Action Project were a huge influence as well. They literally took me to different countries and states within the U.S. and helped me see the world from a new perspective. Because of them I realized that I may be just one person, but I can make a difference. With these two forces always in the back of my mind, pushing me forward, I write and create with the goal of empowering others.
How does filmmaking influence other aspects of your life?
Being an editor is about making decisions. Sometimes those decisions are easy. Sometimes they’re not. Every time you make a cut, you are making a decision. Being decisive is often very difficult. It is especially difficult when you worked so hard to film a scene but the actor mumbled or didn’t get the line right and now it is too late to shoot again. Even though you really like that scene, you have to decide if it still belongs in your film. One way that I learned to be decisive is to ask myself: If this were to be shown in a major movie theatre in front of both strangers and everyone I know, and I can no longer change or edit what is on the screen. Will I be proud or embarrassed? If I would be embarrassed, I remove the scene. I think about my day to day life in the same way. I have learned that we must make decisions in life and when it is really hard, I imagine that my decision will be displayed on a huge screen and that I can’t take anything back. if I find that I am proud, or at least not embarrassed by my decision: I go for it.
Last, but not least, what are some words of advice you can leave for the Project Ed community?
Like I tell my karate students, get rid of the words “I can’t” from your vocabulary. You may not know how to do something right now, but you can definitely make it a goal to learn. Two of the videos I did for Project Ed were animations and I have never made an animation in my life
before. I figured: All I need to do is learn. So I watched about two hours worth of videos online about animating using Apple Motion and followed one or two tutorials. The animations I did were very simple. Simple ideas and simple execution. I never say “I can’t” because I know that if I really want to, I can and so can you.
Candle flames are beautiful and campfires are comforting. But fire can also burn down a house or blister careless fingers. Throughout history, fires blazed through our forests, cities, poetry, and dreams. What does fire destroy and what does it leave behind? Why does it fascinate us?
Congratulations to the winners of the Foodies GIF contest! Take a look and see if their GIFs correctly demonstrates these delicious vocabulary words!
Rhodie Edwards is a different type of creator! Check out his story of how he came to work with Project Ed and bring new opportunities for educators and teachers everywhere!
Do you know anyone who looks forward to seeing the doctor or dentist? We don’t! Still, there’s much to learn from a medical expert — like why you may need glasses, what kind of medicine to take, or why you should floss more often. Plus, doctors use awesome words to describe what’s going on with your body and mind.