Directors of Change combines youth-made documentary films and a resource guide to help educators bring social issues alive in the classroom. The platform we developed for them allows student film makers to share their films online and develop communities around their narratives.
(* Developed in partnership with Culture Creatives & Company)
Directors of Change combines youth-made documentary films and a resource guide to help educators bring social issues alive in the classroom.
The program aims to create a generation of globally aware, socially engaged youth who are equipped to take action in their own communities and contribute to the lives of their disadvantaged peers.
This was a completely new commission and the project entailed both crafting a custom aesthetic as well as implementing a tailored solution to handle integrated flash video with dynamic user profiles to track user submissions and make interacting with the site fun.
This new DOC site's target audience breaks into two main categories; educators and (student) film-makers. Both groups can upload all sorts of media to the website but contributions from admin-approved educators gets automatically flagged and sorted to display in the appropriate site section. In addition, educators have access to a private forum.
As this site is youth-oriented and aimed at getting people to make videos using accessible means (such as smart phones), we implemented a non-stock flash player with fun red-paint controls that tied into the overall rounded-corner [yes, its vimeo-esque] aesthetic. Videos can be rated by members using an ajaxy star system as well as commented on. For more weighty films, namely the ones which DOC produces annually and enters into film festivals etc, members can also click a special 'discuss this' link which automagically creates a discussion forum tied to that particular video post.
We also added blogging to the site - so when formal DOC students travel abroad from Canada to make their annual film, they can keep the community informed on their activities. Blogs can be annotated with images and video.