On Sunday, August 14 Big Picture Alliance REEL Film students from the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology got a REAL opportunity to learn.
In their six-week, summer media program REEL Film Experience students learned about film and media while developing introductory skills in documentary filmmaking. On Sunday, three of those students traveled to the Gallery at Market East to continue their learning by being on-set for the filming of a scene from Big Picture Alliance’s upcoming documentary, GATEWAY.
“This is exactly why this project is so exciting to us,” says BPA Executive Director Teri Yago-Ryan, “our students are able to be a part of one of the largest public art projects the world has ever seen.”
The students in attendance were Abdul Wali Shoatz (Murrell Dobbins CTE HS), Raquel Johnson (Philadelphia HS for The Creative & Performing Arts) and Jasmine Gorham (Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Center).
Wali Shoatz, Johnson and Gorham dove head first into working side-by-side with Big Picture Alliance’s GATEWAY director Christopher Ambolino to set up film equipment, man the camera, and collaborate with the actors (HPM-featured dancer Nyla Shorustamova as well as six of the HPM muralists).
To document the day and their on-set involvement, students used classroom flip-cameras to record their unique perspectives. Click here to view photos from the day. Click here to view the student’s video footage.
GATEWAY chronicles the making of The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s How Philly Moves (HPM), the 50,000 square foot mural spans the parking decks facing Interstate 95 (that’s the size of four football fields combined!). HPM was inspired by J. J. Tiziou’s dance-photography and led by MAP’s lead muralist, Jon Laidacker.
GATEWAY is made possible through the generous support of Saul Ewing LLC, Pennsylvania State Film Commission, Big Picture Board of Directors, and additional in-kind support from the City of Philadelphia, Hertz, Avis, and The Greater Philadelphia Film Office.