For some of the Project Home team, this was the first look into the world of putting on a production and shooting an assignment from beginning to end. The assignment entailed the group to draft storyboards, interview participants of Project Home, set up interview locations, and more. The experience of “running the show” was unforgettable and gave the team real life experience working with a crew and a nonprofit organization. The entire process was a very rewarding experience because the team got an inside look into the tireless effort that Project Home team puts forth.
Even though shooting seemed like a simple task, the team ran into multiple difficulties that challenged them. Some of these moments included a dysfunctional camera and lack of the whole teams’ presence due to class schedules. In retrospect, these setbacks gave the team the hands on project management experience they have been learning about in the Beautiful Social classroom. Not everything runs smoothly, and the projects that come out better are the ones that push through adversity.
We worked to get the best footage and content they could from their time at Project Home. Some of the teams favorites were capturing the conversations between classmates or with their teacher Rachel. In these moments, the team saw what Project Home preaches. They stress that a home is more than just a roof; but a family and support system. Thus, the experience touched the team like one would expect; they were humbled by the drive the staff has at Project Home. The team never heard of one complaint, but actually more comments about how much they love working there. From our interviews and conversations, the overall theme was that everyone felt support and love.
Unfortunately, we ran into some difficulty because one of the cameras was not working correctly, so a new plan had to be formed quickly. Luckily, Kate and Gina had their iPads, which were used instead of one of the cameras--along with another smaller camera. Once the camera situation was figured out, it was time to film! Our first participant, Jamilla, was open and honest about her experience and background with Project Home--it was really eye-opening and touching to hear her talk about how Project Home’s candle-making class has really turned her life around. She is now a Sales Associate for Project Home’s HOMEmade boutique.
After filming was done for Jamilla’s interview, the opportunity to shoot some of the actual candle-making process was given and how the people taking the class created their products. They all seemed excited to be filmed and to share their work with us. The team was able to see how important these classes are and how they have made a great impact on each individual’s life. Interviews were also conducted with Loren and Ruth; ladies who regularly attend the candle-making classes. Whether they’re making the products for the income, or they're there to hang out with some good friends, the workers are all putting time and effort into this skill for their own unique reasons. Each woman we interviewed shared a story of transformation due to their participation in these classes and the team is so excited at the opportunity to help advertise their beautiful work!
Project Home has opened many people’s eyes to a world that many of have not been apart of. Now seeing someone who is homeless, we don't just see a homeless person, we see someone with a story, someone who is down on their luck but is trying to change their life. Project home allows for this to happen. If the team had not worked with Project Home, these stereotypes of homelessness might still exist in our minds. Clearly, these stereotypes have been broken. Thank you, Project Home.