Melmira visits Deaf Film Camp at CM7
[Transcript] Last week, Melmira visited Deaf Film Camp!
I’m so thrilled to be here at Deaf Film Camp (DFC)! This is the 7th annual event that’s hosted every summer with about 40 campers in attendance. For some of them, it’s their first time coming here and they will learn new skills. Some of them will come here to learn specific skills such as filmmaking, anything to do with film like editing, filming, design and many different aspects. Now all their hard work will be showcased tonight at their very own premiere! We’ll be showing you their films!
I thought that we would just show up, gather and watch some presentations and take classes. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Then I showed up and it’s been a rich experience for me. Now, when I watch movies, I will start trying to figure out their filming strategies then I’ll go back to school and play around with what I’ve learned. I just love this and it’s guaranteed that I’ll be coming back here next year!
You’ve made up your mind!
I know that it’s your 4th time here at DFC so what makes you keep coming back here?!
I think it’s the experience itself where you feel like you have a family here. I see all these people coming together from all over and we keep making more and more friends. For example, I made a friend who came from Sweden about a year ago. We can keep more and more film. We’re passionate about it and we’ll definitely continue making more of these films!
Like she said about ‘family’, it’s like we have a new family when we come here every year. I always feel like we’re family and I absolutely love it! Also, it’s really fueled my creativity when it comes to making films. I’ve won competitions making films and it’s been an inspiration behind my work.
How do you feel, seeing yourself on a movie poster up there?!
I feel really proud that I can exhibit my work with different people. I’ve worked so hard for this. I’m really happy with the role I have now.
Tonight is everyone’s night to shine! People will be watching your film and what reactions do you hope to see from them?
I hope they really enjoy our film.
We’re sure looking forward to it!
How are you feeling seeing your own movie up there on the big screen?!
Seeing my work on the big screen, I feel really proud and I’m happy that my parents are proud of me for this as well. That’s a nice thing to have.
What was your involvement in this movie production?
I was involved in graphic design, animation, editing and as a grip to help and support each other as a team. I’ve accomplished because I learned something new. I’d always specialized in graphic design then I veered into animation and editing. I like learning new things.
Taking on all these roles seem to have led to this movie’s success!
Yeah, thank you.
What do you think of all these films?
I really enjoyed it and it’s my first time here too! I’m really glad that we came. It’s nice to see all their work and they’ve done such a good job considering they had only 2 weeks! Impressive!
Yeah, and I really enjoyed seeing how these kids showcased their creativity and their vision in their movie productions. We can see how amazing their creativity is.
Yes, they’re very impressive indeed.
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