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LADAKH

STORYTELLING EXPEDITION

A science filmmaking and storytelling expedition for storytellers & leaders

Dates:

August (Upcoming)

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The Program:

The Impact Photography & Filmmaking Bootcamp is a comprehensive workshop on the art of effectively communicating issues and solutions related to climate, the environment, scientific research, expeditions, and travel documentation, via the medium of photography and filmmaking.

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A IMPACT STORYTELLING & SCIENCE FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP

Keen on learning the ins and outs of impact-led photography & filmmaking?

The Impact Photography & Filmmaking Bootcamp is a comprehensive workshop on the art of effectively communicating issues and solutions related to climate, the environment, scientific research, expeditions, and travel documentation, via the medium of photography and filmmaking.

 

The camp is specifically designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about building relevant narratives and telling stories to help spread awareness and create a meaningful impact on our society.

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LEARN. EXPLORE. RESTORE.

Creating awareness about climate change is the need of the hour, and one effective medium of doing this is through visual communication tools like photography and filmmaking. Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially.

By incorporating climate change and other relevant themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself. 

Citizen science or public participation in scientific research is a vital tool to engage all segments of society while also further the cause of developing research data and analyses about climate patterns and impact.

Experience Snapshot

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DAY 1

Meet the collective at Leh. Kickstart with personal & mentor introductions & evening inspirations.

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DAY 3

Ladakh landscapes are much beyond beaches and nightlife. Explore habitats that are crucial to thriving eco-systems and understanding the pristine flora and fauna.

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DAY 5

A day to spend on the fields, exploring cultural systems, art & artisans, farming practices and conservation.

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DAY 7

A day to finish collaborative projects and present your first 180 SEC FILM PROJECT, ending with a gala dinner with the collective.

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DAY 2

Explore the unseen side of Leh, building narratives & documenting the quintessential Ladakh culture

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DAY 4

Head to Gya for a community exchange program where we spend the next 2 days documenting local life and co-existing narratives.

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DAY 6

Mentorship sessions over final productions, editing and perspective sharing with peer to finalize the films & projects

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DAY 8

Head out with a renewed perspective to telling your tale.

Fostering the art of Impact Storytelling

Creating awareness about climate change is the need of the hour, and one effective medium of doing this is through visual communication tools like photography and filmmaking. Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially.

By incorporating climate change and other relevant themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself. 

Program Snapshot

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Climate Change: Deconstructing issues of climate change through impact driven visual communication

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Nuances of visual storytelling: This session will cover science through the medium of films & travel documentation

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Fundamentals of Photography & Filmmaking: From concept to final conceptualization. Get acquainted with the stages of production

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The Art of Editing: From raw files to the final product, a lot of things happen on an edit table.

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Media Pitch: Here we discover an impactful project to submit your 1st 180 SEC showreel/photo story

Mentor on Board

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Gautam Pandey

National award wildlife filmmaker

A National Award winner, Gautam Pandey is one of India’s accomplished wildlife filmmakers. He studied film in Canada and has won several national and international awards for his documentaries.

Born into a family of nature-enthusiasts, his
passion for filmmaking started at an early age and he is now focused on using films as a medium to
bring awareness about wildlife and conservation.

Gautam has been experimenting with technology to push the boundaries and find new ways to tell
stories and deliver conservation messages to new audiences. For the past few years he been
experimenting with cinematic 360 VR to create immersive experiences to tell stories and deliver
conservation messages to new audiences.

TRAVEL, INVESTMENTS, FAQ's

  • Day 1: Arrivals & Introductions
    Arrive in the blue city of Jodhpur and head to Kaner Retreat - India's first desert botanical resort. Refresh and meet your fellow storytellers for a quick round of introductions. Settle-in for the night and exchange stories of explorations and discoveries with our Fellow Storytellers.
  • Day 2: Landscapes & Environment
    Kickstart the day with a short stroll to the sacred grove, locally known as Oran, opening the doors to the world of desert plants. Experience miles of untouched desert wilderness and a walk through hundreds of indigenous as well as cultivated plant species. Session Perspectives: Through stories and anecdotes from local culture, we explore desert botany and its role in the culture of the Thar Desert. Come back for a traditional lunch and reconvene for the evening session and presentation, over tea and coffee, with our fellow storytellers. The presentation will give you insights over diversified forms of art and storytelling, using photography and films. Session Perspectives: Diversify your learnings and knowledge on 'Broadcast and Film Journalism' and 'Environmental Portraits' as means to create impact storytelling. End the evening with a showcase musical performance by the Bhil tribe, and post the performance a short Q+A with artists.
  • Day 3: Culture & Co-existence
    Explore the dunes of Thar and discover the life of nomads, their culture, and untold stories of co-existence with nature. Spend the day at Kheechan, a village cluster in Jaisalmer, known for the resting grounds of Demoiselle cranes. Every September, these cranes take flight above 16,000 feet from Mongolia, crossing the mighty Himalayas and landing in a small village in Rajasthan – Kheechan. Locally known as ‘Kurja’ these birds are fed and looked after by the villagers who collect money to feed them tons of grains in the ‘Chuga Ghar’ or feeding point. Kheechan is also home to beautifully carved havelis, telling tales of merchants who were once part of the silk route. Session Perspectives: Through storytelling and field-documentation, we will shape narratives of conservation & communities, that can tell a tale of preserving our lasting habitats. Come back to experience a starry night in the dunes and explore some night photography.
  • Day 4: Reviving Arts and Artisan Communities
    Communities play an important role in shaping society and drive social change. A day we spend on understanding Rajasthani craftsmanship and skill at Pokhran. Pokhran is home to exquisite handicraft work, a dying skill that needs to be revived to preserve the heritage of this place. Gomat a tiny village in Pokhran is home to these exceptionally talented weavers who produce the “Pattu work “on variety of shawls, bedsheets, Kurtis, cushion covers etc. Weaving has instilled courage in the women living in the veil to be financially independent and earn a respectable place in the society. It has not only generated employment for the village, but also empowered women to take part in decision making. Session Perspectives: Document the intricate challenges and underlying narratives in traditional arts and artisan skills. Come back to exchange perspectives, reflect on narratives, build and shape stories and exchange our collective experiences. The night ends with a celebratory dinner on the dunes.
  • Day 5: Closing & Departures
    Check-outs are at 12pm. We close the program with a pledge to continue the trail of stories through our art. Spend the day at Jodhpur city and take the evening flights, while keen adventurers can stay back to explore the blue city.

EXPLORE TO CREATE IMPACT