kdm;) Web Series

kdm;) is a humorous Web Series produced by teenagers and broadcasted online.

kdm;) is the second part of “El Culebron del Barri”, an educational project to develop a Web Series with teens sponsored by the Barcelona City Council.

I designed and lead kdm;), a project where more than seventy teens from Barcelona were selected to learn the craft of filmmaking, from pre-production to post-production.

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Through a series of workshops, teens were given the necessary tools to produce “kdm;)”. Over the course of two years, from 2010 to 2012, The Colectivo Piloto’s team that I lead helped them with the coordination of casting, acting, script writing, decoration set design, hair and makeup, lighting, filming, editing and broadcasting.

The following images explain the structure of the project. The structure took to years to be completed.

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Phase #1, Preliminary: Research and Teamwork

First of all my team of educators and I selected some teens to create an strong teamwork to develop the project. With this Motor Team we designed the project, from the brand to the strategy to developed the casting process.

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Phase #2. Pre-production 1: Castings and Production Design

The Motorteam of kdm;) create the strategies to attract young people to participate in the project. First of all they made a series of videos to promote the online casting in each craft of filmmaking: screenwriting, acting, camera and light department, makeup, art department, sound design and soundtrack. More than 200 teens uploaded their casting to participate. 70 of them were selected to develop the project.

kdm;) Promo Casting from kdm;) La Web Serie.

Phase #3. Pre-production 2: Training and Creative Workshops

This phase was conducted in two stages. The first one was focus on training, where a team of 10 educators taught all the craft of filmmaking to the teens selected during 3 months.

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This is a video (in Spanish)about the Outdoor Camera Workshop:

kdm;) Taller de Imagen: Outdoor Light from kdm;) La Web Serie.

In the second stage, all the teens participants created the Web Serie, from the screenwriting to the shooting.

This is a video (in Spanish and Catalan) about the characters creating:

kdm:) Taller de Interpretación: Los personajes from kdm;) La Web Serie.

Phase #4. Production: Shooting

In this phase the students have had the opportunity to put in practice everything they had learned in the previous phases.

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kdm;) on the Media

BCN Crea: A Web Series at Sant Andreu Borough

“Teens from different cultures are involved in a process to create a Web Series called kdm;), where they express their point of view on multiculturalism, drugs, sex and the future”.

By Óscar Moronda. La Vanguardia, Barcelona. May 20, 2012.

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Phase #5. Post-production: Edition

After the shooting they was training to develop the post-producción and to design the strategies to promote the Web Series.

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Phase #6. Release

After two of hard work, teens were finally ready to release their work.

kdm;) tv Trailer from kdm;) La Web Serie.

Phase #7. Last, but not the end: Independence to a self teens production company

At the end of the project, the young participants gained entrepreneurial skills and created their own film company: Arsomnia Productions.

You can watch all episodes of “kdm;)” on Vimeo Channel.

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Primavera de los Realizadores

Film festival that aims to promote and gather the work of Hispanic producers and directors.

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Are Hispanic productions renowned enough for the North American audience? Could they be more diffused in the United States, particularly in New York City?

My organization Colectivo Piloto thinks that Latino and Spanish producers have a lot to show to the North American audience.

With screenings, conferences and other diverse activities “Primavera de los Realizadores” is the moment for Hispanic cine to shine and to further develop its relations with local New York City-based producers.

“Primavera de los Realizadores” is looking for partners and sponsors for its first upcoming edition in spring 2017. Colectivo Piloto calls any organizations, institutions or professionals to join for the organization of this event. You can learn more about this film festival here.

As well, you can also follow “Primavera de los Realizadores” on Facebook.

On My Block Films

Film challenge that brings together communities by inviting them to create short films using the residents of their block as cast and crew.

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New York is a crowded and busy city. Its inhabitants rarely meet with the people living around them. “On My Block Films” creates an opportunity for neighbors to introduce themselves, to work together, and to create trusted relationships through a collaborative filmmaking process.

I have had the honor to work as Director of Event Management in the 2013 edition of “On My Block Films”.

You can learn more about this original film festival at onmyblockfilms.com.

On My Block Films – Kickstarter Video from On My Block Films on Vimeo.

Mboro Festival du Cinéma

Pioneering film festival in the region of Dakar, Senegal, offering film screening and workshops about African Cinematography.

Mboro Sur Mer is a small village near the capital of Senegal, Dakar. Working with the local non-profit organization Project Japoo, my organization Colectivo Piloto created “Mboro Festival du Cinéma” to contribute to the education of the population through film screenings, mainly from African filmmakers, but also workshops, lectures, debates and concerts, all performed by local artists.

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“Mboro Festival du Cinéma” shows to its participants and its public that, despite its economical situation, Africa also possesses audiovisual capabilities, and that these are the reflection of their rich culture and history.

Mboro Festival du Cinéma from Colectivo Piloto on Vimeo.

Festival Barcelona VisualSound

Film festival which combines competition and free activities, entertainment and information related to different areas of the audiovisual creation.

With its diverse sections of participation,”Barcelona VisualSound” has been active for more than 12 years promoting young artists and helping them to grow professionally. With rewards such as the Best Narrative, Documentary and Original Soundtrack, among others, this festival aims to broadcast the work of young creators from different horizons and different perspectives.

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By decentering activities from the downtown main theaters, it also brings audiovisual culture to all Barcelona’s neighborhoods and encourages diverse public gatherings.

I have been working for the “Barcelona VisualSound” during more than 4 years planning and managing film screenings, exhibitions and conferences, and managing the documentary section.

You can learn more about “Barcelona VisualSound” at visualsound.org.

El Culebron del Barri

Dynamic narrative Web Series produced by teenagers.

El Culebron del Barri”(Melodrama in the Neighborhood) is an educational project promoted by the Barcelona City Council where more than 100 teenagers were cast by the Colectivo Piloto to participate in the shooting, and learned the craft of filmmaking from both behind and in front of the camera.

I consider to mention that “El Culebron del Barri” was a really important precedent for kdm;), a similar educational project that I designed and lead a year after I done with this. For this reason I recommend to read about kdm;) as an educational project here, to understand better the whole experience about these kind of projects I developed.

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The audiovisual results of “El Culebron del Barri” have to be understand as a product of an educational process instead a commercial series. But “El Culebron del Barri” also revealed some authentic young talents; script writers, sound engineers and actors, among others. The commitment of these inexperienced teenagers was astonishing and resulted in a very enriching experience for them. They ended up creating a comical, but also very professional story that was screened in small theaters and community centers of the city of Barcelona.

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This is one of the episodes of “El Culebron del Barri” on Myspace. (You can watch all the episodes of “El Culebron” from here).

This project captured the attention of the media and became a model to follow for a new generation of motivated and entrepreneurial youth looking to have their voices heard in the audiovisual field.

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Watch all episodes of “El Culebron del Barri” on My Space.

Food Collect Campaign for The Red Cross

Food Collect Video Campaign for the Red Cross Catalonia “Un Cop de Mà”.

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Part of the Red Cross’ food & nutrition program is dedicated to food collection and its distribution to the communities in needs; especially the very young and the elderly.

This campaign targeted disadvantaged elderly from the region of Catalonia, east of Spain. I was assigned to manage both pre-production and post-production of three spots showing the needs of this particular part of the population and the accomplishments of the Red Cross in keeping their dignity by providing them with food.

It was an honor for my Organization, Colectivo Piloto, and myself to feel part of this accomplishment by following the Red Cross Catalonia team in their mission and conveying their message in images.

Food Collect Campaign, Red Cross Catalonia (#1) from Colectivo Piloto.

You can watch all spots of the Food Collect Campaign “Un Cop de Mà” on Vimeo Channel.