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Post-Production Workshop: Family History with a Smartphone


Family History with a Smartphone Part II: Post-Production Workshop


Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
UBC Asian Auditorium, 1871 West Mall

Did you miss PCHC-MoM’s last workshop? Never fear! Our second workshop for “Family History with a Smartphone” is open to everyone! Feel free to register regardless of whether you attended our first workshop (registration here or at bottom of post).

Our second workshop will focus on the post-production stage of creating and preserving family stories. What do you do once you have gathered footage, and want to know what to do with it? How do you edit it all together? “Family History with a Smartphone: Workshop Two”, facilitated by ACAM Graduate Dominique Bautista and filmmaker Alejandro Yoshizawa, will offer tips and hands-on experience on post-production. Wonderful, talented students trained in filmmaking will also be present to assist. Learn how to preserve the stories of struggle and triumph of your parents or grandparents for your own children and grandchildren to know, and how these stories can be exhibited as an heirloom for generations to come.

Nominal fee of $5 to cover refreshments (unless you have already paid for workshop number one!). If you bring a family member, no extra cost for additional people! Please pay at the door. Don’t forget to register below!

Hosted by the PCHC-MoM Society in partnership with the UBC Asian Library.

“Family History with a Smartphone” workshop series is a part of explorASIAN, Asian Heritage Month during the month of May.


I didn’t go to the first workshop. What did I miss? Can I still come?

At our first workshop, we discussed filming techniques, such as framing, lighting, audio, different styles of filming, and ethical practices during filmmaking. However, if you have even basic or amateur knowledge of filming, you should still be comfortable at this workshop. Many present will still be beginners! Even if you do not have footage, a package will be provided for you to practice editing skills.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available across from the Asian Centre.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please bring:

  • $5 if you did not pay at the first workshop to cover refreshments
  • Footage you have gathered, either on a USB, or on the camera you recorded with
  • A cord to transfer files from your camera or Smartphone
  • USB to transfer files from workshop to home
  • Optional: own headphones

Will I have time to work on my own project at this event?

At a beginner’s level, you will be learning how to edit a package we have provided. At the end of the program, or if you are more advanced, there may be time for you to work on your own projects.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Eleanor Munk at <pchcmom.intern@gmail.com> with any questions

Who is facilitating this event?

Dominique Bautista holds a BA in English Literature with a background in Sociology from UBC, and proudly belongs to UBC’s Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies’ inaugural graduating class. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Education in Secondary English and Social Sciences, finding ways to foster conversations about diversity and socio- cultural awareness within and beyond an educational setting. A cultural hybrid, she has always been interested in the intersectionality of identity politics and migration, which guide her values rooted in community advocacy and allyship. From as early as she can remember, she has always loved listening to stories. This passion extends through her research work with ACAM: capturing oral histories, bringing to focus lesser- known marginalized voices, and subverting the dominant narrative. It’s worth noting that the films she has been involved with, listed below, have always been group efforts. She is lucky to be surrounded by such talent to learn from and with!

– Splicing and Dicing (with Christina Lee)
– 4 Reasons Why You Should Care about Vancouver’s Chinatown (with Nicole So, Tony Wan, Rafael Fuentes, Austin Liu)
– ACAM Centennial Alumni Project to be shared May 27th (with the community, Al Yoshizawa, Denise Fong, and Tyler Mark) – a series of 5 video vignettes capturing the UBC experience over the last 100 years from early Asian Canadian grads

Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the lead filmmaker and director for the Chinese Canadian Stories web series which was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Web Series in 2013. His films have been shown across Canada at various exhibitions and film festivals including Ethnographic Terminalia (Montreal) and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. His latest films include A Storyteller’s Story (2011), Covered Roots: The History of Vancouver’s Chinese Farms (2012), A Degree of Justice (2012), and The Hunt For Matsutake (2012). Academically, Yoshizawa is interested in oral history, digital storytelling and the use of film as a pedagogical tool. He received the Edgar Wickberg Prize in Chinese Canadian History in 2010 and is currently working on the project All Our Father’s Relations. You can watch the trailer for it here: http://allourfathersrelations.com

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