Title

The Singing Spring: Kam Minority Cultural Heritage Documentary

Lead Author Major

English and Media X

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Marie Lee

Faculty Mentor Department

Art Department

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Lisa Cooperman

Abstract/Artist Statement

In the summer of 2020, The Singing Spring: Kam Minority Cultural Heritage Documentary, was composed to tell the daily lifestyle of the secluded Kam people in China, and the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, and Guangxi. Doty utilized her film production and storytelling skills developed from the Media X program’s curriculum to assist Professor Lee in editing pre-recorded footage into an approximately twenty-minute video. Documentation is essential for the Kam people, because they do not have a written language to pass down traditions or cultural history. Thus, the survival of their culture relies on the recorded footage taken by Professor Lee and her videography team during the exhibitions to their villages.

Doty had the opportunity to work alongside a trained professional on a formal documentary film project to help preserve their secluded lifestyle. She further honed her editing skills in Premiere as well as motion graphics skills by creating short animations demonstrating the area where they reside in the map. Doty also learned screenwriting and script composing skills by co-writing the voice-overs for Professor Cooperman. She collected extensive research on the Kam culture utilizing the materials provided by her mentor and drafted and revised the script to tell a narrative story based on the research. This skills will further help Doty in her career path in film production as she continues to apply editing and storytelling skills to other production positions in this industry.

Location

University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211

Start Date

24-4-2021 10:30 AM

End Date

24-4-2021 10:45 AM

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The Singing Spring: Kam Minority Cultural Heritage Documentary

University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211

In the summer of 2020, The Singing Spring: Kam Minority Cultural Heritage Documentary, was composed to tell the daily lifestyle of the secluded Kam people in China, and the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, and Guangxi. Doty utilized her film production and storytelling skills developed from the Media X program’s curriculum to assist Professor Lee in editing pre-recorded footage into an approximately twenty-minute video. Documentation is essential for the Kam people, because they do not have a written language to pass down traditions or cultural history. Thus, the survival of their culture relies on the recorded footage taken by Professor Lee and her videography team during the exhibitions to their villages.

Doty had the opportunity to work alongside a trained professional on a formal documentary film project to help preserve their secluded lifestyle. She further honed her editing skills in Premiere as well as motion graphics skills by creating short animations demonstrating the area where they reside in the map. Doty also learned screenwriting and script composing skills by co-writing the voice-overs for Professor Cooperman. She collected extensive research on the Kam culture utilizing the materials provided by her mentor and drafted and revised the script to tell a narrative story based on the research. This skills will further help Doty in her career path in film production as she continues to apply editing and storytelling skills to other production positions in this industry.