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Dana S
3970 Lee Rd
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the project

"Shoot, Don't Shoot" essentially means this.... As a parent and concerned member of my community, I love to see students expressing themselves in positive ways. Shooting photos instead of guns or choosing to shoot videos, rather than being in the wrong place and being shot by a gun. We give students a alternative of learning a skill and a hobby, rather than learning from "the school of hard knocks". With the help of local photographers, videographers, music producers, teachers, off duty police officers and other professionals in the community. We expose them to a world beyond what they see from their window. Our students become motivated to excel academically, develop stronger social skills, gain a positive impact to their self-esteem, and learn coping skills. These essential keys will help them in school, their future careers, and personal relationships. All through the arts of photography, video, and music projects.

the steps

In a course of six weeks students will create a short film. In the first week students learn the art of storytelling and transitioning it to storyboard & screenwriting. The 2nd week exposes students to the stages of production from screenplay, acting, wardrobe, directing, camera techniques and audio. The 3rd week, a trip or outing is planned for students to film and photograph possible locations and settings around the city for the project. The fourth week is spent practicing techniques and rehearsing scenes. The fifth and sixth weeks are used for filming. The project as a whole teaches students to work together for a common goal, teamwork! Supported by their crew and instructors, students will take the film concept from paper to screen. At the end of the program , the final product will be premiered and viewed by family, staff, and peers As the program grows larger in number, students will compete in a citywide film competition.     

why we're doing it

In 1998 my brother took a ride with a friend of his that just got released from prison that same day. Little did he know that his "friend" had intentions on murdering two thirteen year old boys that day. This tragedy soon led to my brother's murder just a few months later. Someone apparently deemed him guilty by association, and took his life. I can't help but to wonder how far his talents could've taken him had he lived. And how many other young people face these same challenges.Unfortunately stories like these are common in Cleveland, and have gotten worse over the years. Not only has it become common to hear of youth on youth murders. It has also become all too common to hear of police officers shooting unarmed young men and women in our city. As a parent and product of these neighborhoods all of these things frighten me, and I know that something desperately needs to be done. In high school I was a member of D.A.R.E., Career Beginnings, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited. These programs gave me some insight into life after high school and my place in it. The Image Voice Youth Program does that, as well as teach skills and provide a safe and creative environment.  


Disbursed Budget

Raised = $25.00
less ioby Platform Fee waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $1.19
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $0.73
Total to Disburse = $23.08

Original Budget

Canon 6D $1899, Acer Laptop $415, Field Video Monitor $119.95, Rode Video Mic $199, Video Tripod 82.99, Video Light $29.99, DSLR Shoulder Rig $157, Audio Recorder $89.99, Pen & Paper $6.88 These are the basic materials needed for a film project. We came up with a kit that can easily travel from location set to location set. 

Subtotal = 3,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $150
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $90
Total to raise = $3,275



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