Last week I wrote a blog about Emma and Sophie, two media volunteers staying with me in Mae La village teaching photography and film making to the children for two weeks.
In just one week it has been amazing to see how quickly the students have taken to using the cameras and how much they have enjoyed the classes. This week’s classes started with a photo scavenger hunt where the students were given a list of words that they have been learning in English class over the last few weeks and in groups had to race to take photos of each item on the list.
The major project for the week was getting the kids to draw up a storyboard and film a commercial for any product of their choice. To begin the class Emma and Sophie showed a commercial for coca cola and showed how to draw a storyboard for it as an example. The students all drew their own and then were split into groups and told to choose a product.
The first group decided to film their commercial about Colgate toothpaste,
acting out a student having bad breathe, then brushing teeth to make it better and finally finishing on a shot holding the toothpaste up to the camera. They were quite nervous about acting on camera to begin, but warmed up to it fairly quickly.
The next group was for a Thai confectionary called “Boomer”. It showed a girl eating one and loving it so then she gave some to her friends before displaying the price and product on the final screen. This one was definitely the hardest only because of the children struggling not to eat them before they had finished filming.
The final group had two of the more outgoing students who were very comfortable acting on camera. One of the students was tired and they decided to advertise “M150”, a popular Thai energy drink to wake him up. They filmed a few takes of each scene and had so much fun while doing it.
This was such a foreign experience for the students of Mae La. None of them had ever seen themselves on camera before or done anything that involved and acting. They were so hesitant to begin but by the end of the class it was hard to get them to stop.
The next day after the clips had been put together the students I don’t think the students exactly knew that it was coming because the surprise the look on their faces when one of them appeared on screen was priceless. Seeing all of the students on watching each other on screen and laughing was easily one of the highlights of my time not only in the village but teaching in Thailand in general.
The media programs are definitely a favourite of mine, the excitement of being able to give the students an experience that is so different to anything they would get to do regularly is amazing to be involved in and the students have so much fun in class. Thanks to Emma and Sophie for coming to Mae La!