ALONE TOGETHER

A GLOBAL PANDEMIC VIDEO DIARY

We are inviting people from around the world to document their experiences on video in these challenging times. Sharing our stories can be a powerful way to heal, to remember, to process, and to be connected. We will weave your submissions together into a documentary film, support people in creating their own video diaries, and share stories via social media along the way. It will be a moving exploration of connection, care and the struggles we face in this time of isolation and global crisis. Everyone is welcome to join in, and no experience is necessary.

You can use your phone, DSLR or other camera. Remember, we want video, not stills, and please shoot landscape.

READY TO START SHOOTING? CHECK OUT OUR FULL FILMING GUIDE

If you would like to participate, please drop us an email, including where you are in the world, your current situation, and what kind of camera or phone you plan to use, to: [email protected]

We’ll help you create a video diary of your experiences, offering shooting tips, self-interview questions, and ideas along the way. We’ll share our knowledge as veteran documentarians, but we’ll also learn from you.

This is an unprecedented time in history, and though we are apart, we are all in this together. If this project speaks to you, please join us, and share this call out wherever you can.

QUICK START

Check out our FILMING GUIDE for in-depth suggestions, or do it your way. Here’s a simple start. As always with this project, adapt to your own circumstances and feelings right now:

  1. A shot of what you are seeing out your window. If you have the capability, a timelapse.

  2. A video portrait of yourself, and those you are with. Set the camera up and film yourself for 30 seconds. Suggestion; film yourself looking out the window, or standing in your doorway.

  3. A brief on camera introduction – you can also interview each other if you are not alone. Who are you? Where are you? How are you doing? How is your region doing? What gives you hope? How has your life changed? What have you learned from this experience so far? What would you like to say to the world right now?

  4. Shots that capture your daily life experiences in this time of crisis

PLEASE: Shoot landscape (horizontal), NOT tall screen (vertical). Place your camera or phone on something if possible, to make your shot more steady.

NOTES:

Not everyone who participates will end up in the final film, but everyone will have their own diary footage as personal documentation of this unprecedented time in history.

SAFETY

Always practice the utmost safety when filming. Don’t take risks, follow your regional guidelines, and practice safe social distancing.

WHO ARE WE?

We are veteran documentary filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper of Transparent Film. We have teamed up with our long time collaborator, producer Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures. Our most recent films were Metamorphosis, about transformation in the face of climate crisis, and Occupy Love, about the rise of global activist movements, from Occupy Wall Street, to The Climate Justice Movement. You can learn more about our work, and watch our films at: www.transparentfilm.media

TRANSPARENT FILM

Transparent Film represents the work of award-winning filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper. We are committed to changing the world through cutting-edge feature documentary films that inspire personal, community and global revolutions.  Check out our catalog to learn more about our films.

We produce films that entertain, enlighten and offer transformative perspectives on the world we live in through effective and innovative methods of storytelling. We believe in reaching the widest audience possible,  connecting movies with movements.  We also lead workshops that accompany each film, offering audiences the chances to dive deeper into the subject matter, personalizing and applying the themes to their own lives.

 ​NOVA AMI

NOVA AMI creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her work has screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, and has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, TVO, Knowledge, Super Channel, Vision TV, and SBS Australia. Her most recent films include the feature documentary Metamorphosis (NFB, TVO, Knowledge Network) and Occupy Love (Super Channel).  Previously, she directed the documentaries Say I Do (CTV, Vision TV), Secrets (CBC’s The Passionate Eye, Discovery, Knowledge Network), and Peacing it Together (Red Storm Productions), and produced Army of One (BBC, CBC, SBS Australia). She was host, director, and writer on the technology and innovation television series The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), and was host and segment producer of GVTV, a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School, NYC.

VELCROW RIPPER

VELCROW RIPPER creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic “Fierce Light Trilogy” began with Scared Sacred (NFB, Vision TV, Arte France), a journey to the Ground Zeroes of the word, in search of hope.  It was the winner of the 2005 Genie Award (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. The trilogy continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (NFB, The Movie Channel, E1 Entertainment), and concluded with Occupy Love(Superchannel). His first feature-length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise) won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for best feature doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards).  Metamorphosis (NFB, TVO, Knowledge Network) is his sixth feature film.www.velcrowripper.com