Developing some ideas

This workshop was dedicated to developing some ideas for our films -to clearly communicate how the media can influence its audience.

We started by talking about how we like to get our information, which forms influence us and which we think are, frankly, rubbish. It seemed that the group are particularly interested in online conspiracy films, which got us thinking. We also concluded that the best way to teach someone something is by using examples. So we brainstormed ways to exemplify the 8 tricks of propaganda in a way that would grab our audience.

We ended up with the idea of producing a bogus propaganda film that convinces the audience about a certain person, issue or event, calling them to do something irrational in response. At the end of the movie we’d then stop everything and let the audience in on the fact that we’ve been manipulating them -showing how we’ve used each of the 8 propaganda techniques to make our film convincing.

We also had an idea for our second film. We thought we could make a music video that gets young people interested in learning about media influence and propaganda, kind of like a motivator.

In the second half of the workshop we brainstormed ideas for what our bogus propaganda film could be a about and we came up with lots of ideas, from conspiracies to documentaries and news reports. Finally, for fun, we made a record the workshop using a small video camera.

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