This was our fourth educational video production series for educational institutions. After the success of the Links: Understanding Depression in the Family website and video series we created (now hosted on the NEURA website), we were contracted by the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle to produce a series of films about fatherhood for young indigenous men aged 14 to 25.
The films needed to capture and contrast candid comments about fatherhood from young (and often shy) indigenous fathers. Interviews were to be filmed in both urban and rural environments across regional NSW. The videos were to be part of a mobile app and website, so needed to stream easily.
This project was sponsored by the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre.
Good Eye Deer has enjoyed working on a range of indigenous video production projects over the last five years.
The challenges of this educational video production series were the limitations of budget and access. We only had two days to film 11 in-depth interviews in towns separated by significant distances. We were also required to work with young men we would meet for the first time. Men that other youth workers had relationship with, but we did not.
Together with indigenous mentors, Craig Hammond and Charlie Faulkner, we devised a strategy to engage the young dads in a non-threatening environment. A black background was chosen to facilitate the quick turn-around of a large number of interviews in a short time. This choice also worked to unify the interviews into a single but varied narrative, emphasising the uniqueness of our individuals by removing them visually from the distractions of a socio-ecconomic context. Even though our young fathers represent different mobs, from different country, we still see them as men coming together and sharing their common experience. The plain background also made the videos easier to compress for mobile streaming!
The films were edited using a circular narrative. This is a storytelling style popular within aboriginal culture where stories unfold and flow in a cyclic fashion, stage by stage.
We are getting constant comment on the quality of the films. People recognize that the quality of the filming and editing adds to the power of the dads’ statements. Thanks for your excellent work in producing the SoT video series."
Dr Richard Fletcher
Senior Lecturer, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle