PLANET G(REECE): 7 documentary workshops for teenagers

Do you think filmmaking is exclusively reserved for Hollywood big-shots? Or do you think documentary is just boring old TV shows?

Planet G(reece), the latest educational program designed by Exile Room targeting teenagers, is here to change your mind, proving that documentary is the ideal way to tell your story with whatever means you have at your disposal. At the same time, it will introduce participants to a vast array of exciting professions that are worth getting to know!

Planet G(reece) is a series of workshops with documentary at their core, targeting teenagers between 13 and 19 years old, both Greeks and immigrants, with the intention of encouraging intercultural collaboration and introducing them to a brand new world that could forever change their answer to the agonizing question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Each workshop cycle will accept up to 25 participants and will focus on a different field, producing a different short documentary at the end. After the workshops have been completed, all films will be screened in a closing festival.

If you’re a teenager, a parent or an organization that works with teenagers, please check out the workshops below. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or registrations at 2103223395-6 (12-5pm) or workshops.exile@gmail.comRegistrations will be open throughout 2020 and 2021. 

Planet G(reece) will conclude with an online portal where all films will become available to the public, along with workshop manuals. This material can be used as an educational tool by educators, parents, schools and NGOs who want to recreate one or all of the workshops.


 

The project Planet G(reece) [Part A: workshops 1 & 2] is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

The project Planet G(reece) [Part B: workshops 3-7] is implemented under the Active citizens fund in Greece by Exile Room.

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 - 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.

Planet G(reece) #1: Doc & Cameras

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What is the best way to shoot reality? With an i-phone, a photo camera, a handycam or does it take professional equipment? The answer is, all of the above! In this workshop, participants will shoot the same subject in four different ways, as they explore the places and faces in the streets of Monastiraki.

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Planet G(reece) #2: Doc & Photography

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Have you ever tried telling an entire story in pictures? In this workshop we will teach you photojournalism and visual storytelling, where your main medium will be still images. Participants will visit a news agency and shadow real-life photojournalists, before they take to the streets to capture their own stories.

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Planet G(reece) #3: Doc & Journalism

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Have you ever bought a print newspaper? What is the role of a journalist in digital media and how do they discover and share the latest news with the rest of the world? In this workshop, we’ll be transformed into real-life reporters and we’ll go after an interview with a public figure. Buckle your seat belts!

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Planet G(reece) #4: Doc & Animation

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Have you ever considered combining documentary and animation? Even the most camera-shy subject can talk to the world if you replace their face with a colorful animated image! In this workshop, participants will create an intoxicating mixture of animation and real life in a short documentary.

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Planet G(reece) #5: Doc & Sound

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Have you ever tried watching a horror film with the sound off? If not, this is probably a good time to tell you that it’s not scary at all! Does that mean that sound is what causes the strongest emotional reactions and not image? In this workshop, we turn documentary on its head by putting sound first.

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Planet G(reece) #6: Doc & Activism

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It’s time to take climate change seriously. In this workshop, participants will make an action-packed eco doc about the people who have dedicated their lives to saving the planet. Are there any local businesses based on recycling? What is the city of Athens doing to limit its carbon footprint? Let’s find out together!

 

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Planet G(reece) #7: Doc & Graphic Design

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Have you ever considered that a poster is not just an image but a way of communicating with your audience? Design studio Bend will teach participants the basic tools of graphic design and help them create their own original posters. All artwork will be exhibited at the Planet G(reece) closing event!

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