Mediastorm, located in Dumbo in Brooklyn, was founded in 1994 focused on creating cinematic narratives utilizing animation, audio, video and photography. The website says, "we publish diverse narratives that speak to the heart of the human condition. The human condition refers to the distinctive features that are common to most human lives, and the features that are inevitable to all people or groups of people. When we speak of the human condition we are speaking of bigger questions that affect us individually and all people. These are things like joy and happiness, fear and terror, being and existence as well as questions about the purpose of life: What is the meaning of living? Why was I born? Why am I here? Why is the world like it is? Why is there injustice in the world?
In this course students will design multimedia narratives that focus on bringing attention to critical issues facing New York City, the United States and the world. Students will have to understand and make sense of complex issues facing the world today and in the future using information from different fields such as philosophy, economics, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology as they research important issues facing the world now and in the future. Students will research current critical "meta" issues and the role multimedia narrative storytelling can play in highlighting the complexity of these issues and how they affect people. Most importantly, students will have to make sense of the complex issues they study and present their understandings in, not only multimedia narratives, but college style research papers designed to inform other people of the issue. As the future is the guiding theme of the fourth year at NDHS the course will focuses on students discovering their inner preferences, ideas, and ideals, which will guide their adult lives through studying the very issues that will be most critical in the future. Curriculum explores the future as a lens to better understand the present, while also studying the present to better understand the future.
Students will produce three to four multimedia narratives throughout the year. The first will be a public service announcement (PSA) concerning the issue of the state of food in our society. The second will explore a global issue and the third will be a local issue. The last multimedia narrative will be a group project that students will "take a client. Student teams will have to produce a multimedia narrative for their client. The narrative will be submitted to one film festival. The winning entry among the teams will be shown in spring at Rooftop Films in spring. Check out what a multimedia narrative looks like at MediaStorm.org by clicking on the MediaStorm link in the blogroll section of this blog. – less – More from ZoomInfo »