Our film addresses the issue of government and media response to the covid-19 crisis and how it affects people’s mental health.
In EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshop, youth producers always choose a social issue of importance to them to focus their film on. The pandemic is the biggest social issue right now, and mental health is not taken seriously, and so we wanted to raise awareness about it.
We’ve interviewed an emergency pediatric doctor, several psychiatrists, a news media producer, and a local government official to get their opinions on the crisis. We also interviewed some of our family members and friends. Over the last three months we’ve been meeting online to have discussions about our experiences and to make this film. We are not totally done editing yet, but should be done by the end of May. So, we are submitting our rough cut, and hope to send you a final cut at the end of the month.
The rough cut video (https://vimeo.com/422985966) is password protected:
This is a really compelling documentary! I loved the opportunity to hear from young people as the pandemic was/is unfolding. It's so important to give these voices a platform and I think this film provides a great space for that. Something to consider for the final edit is that some of the information shared by the professionals may not seem as interesting or relevant to audiences a few months down the line, so you will want to consider if the function of those pieces is to inform people, or to function as a time capsule of what we are all hearing/learning/thinking about. One of my favorite parts of the film is when one of the subject is talking about his daily life and the footage of him exercising, etc was edited over his dialogue. In documentary film, it can be helpful to break up some of the 'talking head' scenes by adding in 'b-roll footage' to help illustrate the ideas being spoken about. I think this is a really strong piece and I'm excited to see the final product. There are plenty of film festivals that focus on work made by young people and I think the film has great potential!
During this pandemic, people's main priorities are physical health. Thus, it is great that you made this documentary because mental health is just as important.
Wow! This is so informative and well done. Thank you for making this - it really shares things from the youth perspective and made me think. Great work.