Saturday, December 19, 2009

Girls Making Media Extravaganza!!

Hi there, my name is Brittany. This was my first session here at Girls Making Media, and it was so much fun. I have always wanted to learn how to make videos and it was really interesting to see the entire process from creating the scripts to matching the audio with the visuals. This is such an amazing program and I had a wonderful time working with Angel. Thanks to everyone who made this great learning opportunity possible.

Hallye :]

Hi, I'm Hallye. This is the first time I've done Girls Making Media with my friends Eliza and Maya, and I had a great time! We had fun taking pictures and do audio recordings for our video, which is about Online Predators. We had lots of laughs and I'm really happy with how it came out. It talks about being safe and not meeting people from online without permission or extra precautions. I'd totally do this again! Maya- who is off in Florida- and can't post anything would most likely agree with Eliza and I!

Angel Is Back Again

Hey it's Angel, I'm back I did a beginning session to help the people in this session. In this session I did a video on social networking site safety, which I worked on for 12 hours. I had a lot of fun working with Brittany. We took lots of pictures and did a lot of audio.



Hiya, I'm Eliza and this is my first time at Girls Making Media but I like it. It is a good time to learn about issues and about making a video while meeting new friends or chillin' with old friends! I'm pretty sure I will come again. Me and my old friends* had fun while making a video about Internet Safety and how to meet up with strangers online as safely as possible. Maya, who is not here at the moment most likely agrees with how awesome gmm is.

*friends I have known for quite a while. NOT old ladies.

Paloma's blog post-

This is my second session at GMM. I feel comfortable being here; knowing that other girls come here to learn about important things, as well as informing others about them.
I did a PSA about Relational Aggression- A type of girl Bullying. I got the idea because bullying was a problem at my school. It has seemed that the teachers, faculty, and other peers did not understand the severity of this problem. How could they not understand? It felt like they were never in our position, (being called names, bullied, and victimized).
One day in Christian Living Class, The Principal and Assistant Principal were talking to us about our groups, or cliques. They referred to it as "girl talk". One leader asked why we couldn't sit in one big group. Most people answered that they felt very comfortable in a particular spot. Others said that they had conflict with others in the past, and did not want to go through the grief once more. We all felt like the Leaders in our school did not know our bullying problem.
I decided to participate in the making of a informative video. I wanted to show the world how we can help this unhealthy conflict. When I had gotten to my second session, I was informed that there was a seminar that helped girls, and their problems with bullying. I found out what Relational Aggression was, and I set off to work. Here I am, blogging to you about my accomplishments.
I give a special thanks to Quynn, A GMM representative and leader. She had invited me to do Girls Making Media, and I am glad that I had participated. I have learned so many things in these sessions. I love working here because I want to make a difference in the world.
I had a lot of fun creating the video. If you saw the RA video, you can see that I am the bully in the beginning segment. You may ask- "Who is that other person?" She is Margaret, another participant in girls making media. She is one of my freinds, and I am not a bully in real life. I may look mean, ( with my cool leather jacket :) ) but I would never bully anyone. After I heard the side-effects of RA, It wants me to be a better person.
Until Next Time- Paloma.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Wildlife PSA

Girls Making Media has helped me a lot with expressing myself. I had a lot of fun with making my video I was also glad I got to make one about something I care about-animals. I've known Quynn for a long time and it was great to see her again. Steph and Sage were a lot of fun too. I'm very glad I got to make a video with these gorgeous ladies. I'll miss them so much!

What we thought !

Julie and I lizz, think that this experience was a good teaching to learn how to create thoughts for girls that are important for us to know. We made this with great help and both of us learned alot. We both agree that we would deffinently do this again. it was a nice experience and stephanie, Quinn, and Sage were kind heart warming and openminded.They help us were very friendly and made it be a good time wether it was a bad day or not. Thank you for this wonderful experience..

Rookies View

Hello there my name is Emma, i've just joined Girls Making Media for the very first time in November. It's a great program I really enjoy it, it's very fun, creative, and very helpful for those just starting out with working with video and audio. Everyone's been nice and fun, i'm looking forward to hopefully working with Girls Making Media (GMM) again in the near future.

First Time with Girls Making Media with alantis

It was my first time making a video. The program Girls Making Media made it easy and fun. I loved making the video especially since it was about something I love and a lot of other people love too, sports. It was simple to find out how to make it, but it was cool. I appreciate all the help I got from the staff and my partner emma. I say, "thank you" to Girls Making Media for helping me with this video and also to my partner emma. I hope I can be back here soon.

Margaret Speaks Out Again

Hello. This is Margaret again. Just wanted to clue you in on what I am up to now. I have been recently working on an eco-ad for the Sonoran Desert Musuem's Green Teen contest. It is coming along quite nicely, but we still have a ways to go. And thanks to Girls Making Media, I have a place to create this ad. Look for the completed ad soon!

Angel's Back

Hey it's Angel i'm back! This studio session i'v been working on a promo for the WomanKraft Art Gallery. I had a great time doing it , i cant wait till December when i come back. Girls Making Media Or GMM is a great opportunity for young women to empower and come out as themselfs. I think by joining GMM you will find your inner beauty and be confident in your own skin.

♥ Angel

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Making a PSA

This is Katelyn sounding off on my experience with the Girls Making Media PSA training program. I learned a lot about digital media and how to craft a short, hard hitting message for distribution. As someone who has written about the importance of giving girls a voice as cultural producers in the past, it was really awesome to actually take part in the program and gain some hands-on experience. The Girls Making Media program helped me to develop the skills needed to get the word out about the issues that are taking a toll on women and girls in this digital age. It was really empowering to be able to respond, publicly, to an issue that I care about so deeply. I will definitely will be using the skills that I learned during this program in the future! I am really grateful that a program like this exists for girls and young women. Thanks so much to Qynn, Stephanie, and the other program participants for giving me this opportunity and for helping me to make my first PSA!

An awesome experience

It was really amazing to be apart of Girls Making Media. I love being apart of this project because its for a good cause and it gets issues out there that need to be addressed. I was also able to learn new computer skills that could be very valuable to me in the future.Working on this project was a pleasure, and I would definitly love to do this again. The people I worked with were easy to get along with and had very good ideas. Thank you Quynn and Stephanie for allowing me to participate and guiding me in my project.-- Julie Barnett age 21

What a blast :)

Hey this is Hannah, age 17, Tucson, AZ.
I truly think this is the best PSA I have ever done. I have worked a lot with video equipment before and I have experience in PSA and documentary filmmaking. I believe that this was the best one I've made. Working with Girls Making Media was so great.
When I signed up I was just looking for something interesting to do and I was hoping to meet new people. I had SO MUCH FUN! This was a blast! I felt so inspired and the area was so open and free and I felt so comfortable. I was nervous coming in but in no time, I felt right at home.
The other girls were so nice and the instructors knew a lot. I never expected to have such a great experience. I liked the programs we used and how easy it was. All of us created such incredible PSAs and we worked really hard.
I like that it didnt take up a lot of time and you could go at your own pace. I felt that I could really express my creative spirit here and it was welcomed.
My favorite part was at the end watching the final version of my PSA and how proud I felt inside.
I look forward to seeing what the girls from the next sessions come up with next! I had a lot of fun and I am so proud of myself.
Thanks for letting me be a part of this wonderful experience :)

Girls Making Media Beginning Session #1!

Hannah, Candy, Julie and Katelyn are the participants in the first session of GMM this year. Each young woman wrote and created a powerful PSA about a subject of importance to them, and to girls/women...

Margaret's Voice

Hello, my name is Margaret. I was one of the participants in GMM studio session one. Girls Making Media has taught me so many wonderful ways to accomplish digital tasks. I have learned how to use Windows Movie Maker to help me create movies with audio and clips. Not only have I learned about digital arts, I have learned how to boost self-esteem, voice opinions, and share ideas. GMM has helped me realize that I am beautiful inside and out. I would recommend this class to any young women who needs help with digital arts or who just wants to come hang out and make movies with some truly talented people.

Coming back to the Girls Making Media studio


I was very excited to come back to the WomanKraft Art Studio. I was excited to see the computers, the microphone, and the, very pink, floral wallpaper. The last time I was here was maybe a year ago, when two other girls, who have now become my friends, helped me on my quest to save the insecure-teen world from bad body image. This time I had come back to find three new girls, a new doggy friend, and a smooth-voiced woman wanting to learn as much as I did.

This time we were creating a promotional video for the, amazing, program now known as Girls Making Media. I really enjoyed this experience, mainly because this time I was making a video for a program that I didn't know much about. I mean, I knew that Girls Making Media was a program for women to, well, make media, but what I didn't realize was that there is much more behind these studio sessions. I didn't realize ,until I got here, that this is a place where girls, and women, can feel comfortable with themselves, their bodies, and their ability to make a difference through media.

This time, I learned how to put a video within a video. We were able to record a short clip of video, cut out the sound, overlap the video with the sound recording we had previously recorded, and put this clip, pictures, and effects together. I learned how to make a video that wasn't limited by my knowledge of only knowing how to use photos, which is probably what I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed knowing that my knowledge of technology had grown over the course of three studio sessions.

I suppose this was a transition into making media for causes, instead of about them. Maybe even a transition into a creating videos as a job, instead of just for play. Technology has always been fun for me and after doing these Girls Making Media programs I have found that I'm much more comfortable playing around on the computer and creating videos. I plan on coming back here, back to this room where ideas are never limited, where I can make a difference, and where I can look at out of place sinks, and pink, floral wallpaper.

Girls Making Media- My Experience.

This is Paloma. ^_^

1. From a scale from one to five, my experience in this field was a four.

2. I do have computer and digital art tools outside of this program. I have a computer, camera, and video camera.

3. My favorite part of the program was finding new freinds, and speaking up for myself.

4. The program was awesome, and I wasn't discontent with the program.

5. I think that I will use the MovieMaker skills most often because I make movies myself.

6. I am interested in learning advanced skills through "GMG" because it will look good in my job resume.

7. I want to participate in "GMG" in the future becuase I learn many things.

8. I think that bullying affects young women. We need to inform young individuals about bullying, and tell them to stand up for themselves.

9. I am part of the Googleplex online editorial board, Santa Cruz Parish, and Girls Making Media.

The thoughts of Angel

This is Angel. At Girls Making Media I learned how to import and work with audio and video. GMM is a class where you can express yourself and your opinions. You can be confortable as yourself and in your body. I would love to do GMM again. Last year i was in GMM session 5 this year im in studio session 1. I think that many young girls should join Girls Making Media. Come join the GMM community.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The end of Session 1 Studio!

Margaret, Angel, Flora and Paloma, the four Girls Making Media who are starting off this year's season of classes. They are creating a promo for the Girls Making Media program. Who better to make a recruitment video than participants from last year!? They came up with their own statements, wrote them, recorded and edited them. Then they worked in teams to put video and still photos shot of them with the audio. We had a great time, and thank you for the inspiration to have a great year 2009-2010!