My action is a short film made by IES students about about how to live green while abroad here in Barcelona. Although the film will be directed mainly towards IES students, it will also be for the teachers and faculty as well. Getting adjusted to living in a new country is hard enough on its own, but this film will have good tips and tricks on how to not just live here but how to live an environmentally friendly and sustainable life here. I think that seeing a film made by students and not just hearing what you can do from your teachers and adults may encourage students to actually become more sustainable. Also, the film includes some of the actions people in our class implemented this semester such as information about all the blogs that were made. The film is funny and interesting so as to keep the attention of viewers and also give them something to relate to. The goal of the film is to teach students and people easy and quick ways to gradually become both subconsciously and consciously more green. The film will ideally be played during Orientation, however the IES administrator I am in contact with, Betsey Tufano, is not exactly sure what will be able to be played at orientation until actual orientation comes around next year. However, she does plan on using the film as a marketing tool and sending it to future IES students as a means of encouraging students to come to Barcelona. She also is going to send it to the IES Chicago office so that they can upload it into the IES Abroad Youtube channel, so it will definitely be seen even if not at IES orientations. Also, Carla Fischzang uploaded a copy of my film onto the sustainability club website.
This film is going to teach anyone who watches it simple ways to live a more sustainable life, so ideally the long term effect will be that everyone in the IES community and the IES buildings themselves will become more sustainable then they already are. The beginning of the film will stress why all these actions are important so as to have a better effect on people. Also, a video can be used from year to year and is more durable then pamphlets and will save paper and other materials that go into making pamphlets and posters which are generally thrown out anyways. Even though the main focus on the film will be day-to-day ways to be sustainable, it is the little everyday things that add up and count for the most. From my experience, a video is the best way to get someones full attention because it requires the least amount of work for the viewer.
1.2.1.SWOT Analysis for logistics of action (marketing, finances, administration)
-Willingness from many people to participate in film
-Can be done without spending any money (used own camera and props)
-Does not use many materials that are taken from the earth and are wasteful
-Film is very captivating
-The spent to make film
-students thinking video is not as useful or interesting as any other video they've seen with a similar purpose.
-film may not be the best quality
-Can spread film to outside of IES and become infamous
-growing as an IES community
-Learning new things
-Future students can expand on film and/or make their own. ( copyright allows film to be expanded on and be tweaked)
-Possiblity that there is no time for it to be played during orientation.
1.2.1. Feedback Loops
Students do actions-> Film actions-> Show film-> film influences more of same actions thus resulting in growth of actions
-Whole IES community becoming greener
-Learning a new way to live certain aspects of life
-Students teaching other students to live sustainable life, showing how easy it can be
-Actual IES buildings become greener, more recycling bins, remembering to turn lights off, save water, etc.
-Getting students to participate in the film, giving up free time
-time needed to make film and write out script
The work done so far by IES Abroad Barcelona has been the willingness of students to participate in the video and permission to play the video at orientation and/or integrate it into the IES program.Luckily, Betsey Tufano (who I mentioned earlier) has approved my action and really likes the idea. She is going to do everything she can to make sure the most amount of IES students and Faculty get a chance to see the video. I also made a semi script of the layout of the film and showed it to my actors and researched what tips students would find most interesting and useful. I spent time acquiring the necessary props for the film. It was also important to me that during filming I let the actors in my film (students) add their own ideas and expand on my script.
1.3.1."Cradle to Cradle" design
Seeing as I made a film, no waste came from my action. The only thing that was used that wasn't necessarily recreated is electricity.
1.3.2.Questions for the unified survey
I changed my action after the survey deadline, but I made one anyways and asked just a few friends and family.
1) How sustainable and “Green” do you think you are?
2) Do you care about being sustainable?
3) Do you care about the earth?
4) Do you generally throw away pamphlets that are given to you or do you read them?
5) Would you be interested in watching a video on how to be more sustainable?
6) If the video gave easy and quick tips on ways to be more sustainable, would you be willing implement these tips?
1.3.3.Analysis of the results in the survey
Ten people did my survey, and 70% of the people who answered the questions (friends and family) did not consider themselves that Green and would be willing to watch a film if it was fun and interesting. Also many stated that they did in fact throw away pamphlets handed out to them as opposed to taking the time to read them, and would prefer a video.
-Simplified and not time-consuming way to help the earth, so the question becomes why not instead of why
-Sense of accomplishment for helping out
-Can star in or expand upon next sustainability movie (Everyone loves a prize)
1.3.5.Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
The film will mention the IES sustainability club and how that is a great way to get involved and all the good work they do, greatly promoting the sustainability club. Also the video is posted on the IES Sustainability Club website.
1.3.6.How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
The film remaining on the IES website and hopefully being played at orientation semester after semester. Also potentially updating or adding on to film every now and then from members of sustainability club or anyone who wants to add to it (copyright allows for this). New sustainability club may even have interest in making a different film of their own at the beginning of the semester depending on their new ideas etc, it could become a sustainability club tradition.
HTML document for my actual template.
1.3.8. Copyright license of your report
CC BY: This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.Also, this is the copyright for my actual film.1.4.Time-sheet / Chronogram
-IES agreeing to market film.||
-Film equipment (my camera)|
-props needed for film
-Get all elements of film together|
-Shoot film, send to Betsey (who then sends it to main IES office in Chicago).|
1.5. References & Links:
I have not used many references except to look up some you tube videos on the basic steps to making a film:
As well as places to rent film equipment in Barcelona:
However I just ended up using my own camera, so the above link is irrelevant.
Also I watched the sustanability club video to get a feel of what a film made by previous IES students is like.
Here is the website for the blogs made by students in our class that i referenced in my video and put a link to at the end of my video:
1.6. Students involved in this action
These students not only starred in my film but also contributed their ideas and thoughts to it.
Blogs provided by:
Everyone in our class who made a blog, as i provided the blog website they used.
Assignment 4: Peer review form
Grades for this action report (From the PROFESSOR)