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Open for Comments: Social Media Community Film Script April 24, 2008

Filed under: Community,Social Media — pdxbob @ 4:47 am
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I was going to share my developing script for a community film entitled Using Social Media to Enhance Community with a few people who I thought would provide excellent feedback. Then tonight as I was working on it I realized, why not share it with everyone?! My intent in making this film is to share the love of social media with Portland denizens who might not already be using it.  Getting input from everyone online is a great way for me to clarify the film’s message, make the script flow and learn more as we cooperate on this project!

So with that introduction, I present my first and rough draft of a script for the film. Background: the film will be aired on local cable tv through Portland Community Media at some as yet undetermined time (guaranteed to be sometime after the film is completed ;).

I’ve already spoken with two social media enthusiasts in the Portland area who have agreed to help by being interviewed: Dawn Foster and Amy Sample Ward. Thank you both for your help! I’m still looking for others to interview, in particular a non-technical person or group that is using some form of social media. And of course if there are others who think they would like to be on tv, please let me know. I’m  going to recognize anyone who helps in any way with thanks in the film credits. Wouldn’t you like to see your name scroll by just like Cate Blanchett or Matt Damon?

And don’t forget to read the script and tell me what you like, don’t like, what to change, great new ideas…

Script (sorry for the formatting – copy/paste with some editing pain):

  • Video of person typing a tweet (entry in Twitter) into a cell phone, a person sitting at a computer reading from blog entries in their aggregator, screen of a person’s main page on, and one from Facebook.
  • Video fades away and film title appears: Using Social Media to Enhance Community
  • How do you define community? [Time: 2 minutes max]
    • mix of still images and video showing traditional images of community:
      • Neighborhood streets
      • Teenagers hanging around and interacting
      • Community center activity, maybe bball game with spectators
      • College campus
    • Intersperse text graphics showing definitions of community.
      • possibly read this description from beginning of “community” entry in wikipedia:

German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies presented a concise differentiation between the terms Gemeinschaft (usually translated as “community”) and Gesellschaft (“society” or “association”). In his 1887 work, Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft, Tönnies argued that Gemeinschaft is perceived to be a tighter and more cohesive social entity, due to the presence of a “unity of will.”[2] He added that family and kinship were the perfect expressions of Gemeinschaft, but that other shared characteristics, such as place or belief, could also result in Gemeinschaft. Gesellschaft, on the other hand, is a group in which the individuals who make up that group are motivated to take part in the group purely by self-interest. He also proposed that in the real world, no group was either pure Gemeinschaft or pure Gesellschaft; all were mixtures between the two.

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  • a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

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  • Merriam-webster online:

a unified body of individuals:

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  • Video of interviewees’ own, personal, definitions of community
  • “What is Social Media?” [Time: 2 – 3 minutes max]
  • Distinguishing Social Media from Traditional Media
    • Video of interviews where the distinction is explained.
    • Show images of traditional and social media where appropriate
      • Traditional: Newspapers, listening to a radio, TV newscast (image of newscasters at desk)
      • Social: Twitter, Facebook, Blog comments, Good Reads site
  • Where did Social Media come from? [Time: 1 minute]
  • Who uses Social Media /Are people excluded? [Time: 2-3 minutes]
    • Lead in with person’s blog, then go to interview footage with that person (tech-savvy person)
    • Interview footage with non-technical person
  • Scenarios
    • Business usage?
    • Friends hanging out online?
    • Solving community problem?

That’s what I’ve got so far for a script. Here are some of the places where I’d like to get some background video footage and possibly ad hoc interviews:

  • Beer & Blog
  • Portland Net Tuesday
  • Bar Camp Portland
  • Non-technical group meeting

Social media project in Portland April 13, 2008

Filed under: Community,Social Media — pdxbob @ 9:44 pm
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I’ve just become certified as a producer at Portland Community Media (PCM) which televises programs created by volunteer community producers on the cable channels 11, 22 and 23 in the Portland area. In the Field Production class that I finished recently, fellow students and I produced a short film entitled “Just like your family…” about the community impact of recent court rulings that affect domestic partners. I will blog the air times and channel when I know them.

I’ve got the germ of an idea for a new film project which I’d like to get feedback on. Here is some background and a description of what I think the project will be.

Social media has really taken off in the Portland area. There are personal as well as community blogs, and lots of people using Twitter, the micro-blogger that has generated an explosion in the number of front-end applications for reading and writing “tweets” from a computer or a phone.

Get-togethers (I like the word better than meetings) are also increasing. I’ve attended the Portland Net Tuesdays monthly meet-up on non-profits and technology. There are Beer and Blog meetings where more experienced bloggers help out others with blog tech. Startupalooza is a free local conference for learning about new startups that don’t necessarily have a significant financial backing yet. I could go on and on.

My media project idea is to produce a film, probably 30 to 60 minutes long, where some of the more active players in the local social media scene are interviewed about the past, present and future of social media in Portland. If you’re a web denizen who spends hours a day on the web reading from the blogosphere, from twitter and interacting with other Portlanders, then this film will provide a good opportunity for you to get the message out to the rest of the Portland community.

I’m going to send out invitations to people I know (or know about) who would be great interviewee candidates. If you know someone or are interested in being interviewed yourself, please let me know.
I’d also like to hear what it is you would want to know from the social media experts. What questions should I ask them?

Let me know either through comments or direct email if you are interested in being interviewed, want to recommend others to be interviewed, have a question you think would make a good query or just want to let me know what you think of the project.