Taking the time to examine the familiar through the eye of a film lens can sometimes reveal the unexpected. Recently, BAYCAT guided the young adult interns of Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), through this process as the first-time filmmakers took on the challenge of telling their own story.
“My experience with BAYCAT allowed me to explore my interest with cinematography in a new and creative way,” said participant Jassmyne. “Having to create my own work and see others in post-production with the same material was also very inspirational. Especially in an environment where everyone was so supportive and knowledgeable on what they were teaching.”
BAYCAT staff mobilized for a 3-day workshop-on-wheels, helping the youth of LYRIC create their own promotional highlighting the support and services the nonprofit has available for LGBTQQ youth. After facilitating training and planning the shoot on day 1, the crew of LYRIC youth broke into their production roles like director, cinematographer, and talent, to film a short promo video for the organization to use with recruitment and fundraising. Day 2
It was a great experience for both organizations.
“I really appreciated how [BAYCAT] didn’t try to take control of what we were doing, you all just let us do what we felt was right. I also appreciate how you all took the time to teach us. It was really fun working with all of you guys. You all kept me laughing and you were all pretty nice. I hope to work with you all again” said LYRIC intern Jennifer.
BAYCAT worked with the nonprofit’s interns to film a video about the internship program, which just premiered at LYRIC’s 27th Annual Open House. The event may have ended, but the video is still a great one to watch. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GiT4T2vvyI