The day really highlighted why film is a great tool in the design process. Everybody has a different perspective and ideas regarding the issues surrounding a building design project. Our relationship with building is experiential, activating our emotions and senses. Whilst a report is often just one voice from one angle, film can offer an inclusive way to help many people's voice to be heard and can capture unmediated viewpoints. Documenting several perspectives not only makes for a more powerful film that can show the ‘story’ surrounding a project. This can offer vital information and evidence on the complexity of a project and the need for support, which is what funders look for in grant applications.
We learnt that the mainstay of storytelling is interviewing, and that this should be approached as you would a conversation. Listening, not just talking, is key and it is essential to plan what you want to capture from a discussion with someone beforehand. Tot's advice was to start small with one person and one question and film and edit the footage before moving on to more ambitious projects.