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The folks from Floating Home Films will be giving a community presentation on February 3, 2022, from 7 pm until 8 pm at Rock City Centre in Little Falls, followed by a two-day free workshop on Documentary Storytelling from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th.

This event is part of The Creative Outpost’s Content Creation Workshop Series, which started in the summer of 2022. The intent is to give people skills to help them compete in the Little Falls Smart Phone Film Festival, tentatively scheduled for October 2023.

In the community presentation, Alex and Ander will inform the audience about the power of telling a good story and how this media is used today in traditional filmmaking, social media, and marketing. They’ll show examples of their work with Floating Home Films to drive home the point.

Ander Kazmerski stated, “I’m sure many are aware of YouTube and Social Media influencers. Our goal is to educate attendees that these paths are new content creation paths for anyone seeking to tell good stories. It’s a viable path – and they should support their children by helping them explore local stories and help them tell their own stories if they choose to.”

“The goal is to fight the notion of “becoming a YouTuber” as frivolous by expanding the concept of making content and tying it to real, grounded business principles.”

For the two-day workshop, they will teach attendees the power of telling a good story and how this media is used today in traditional filmmaking, social media, and marketing.

“We’re going to provide a well-rounded introduction to documentary filmmaking. We’ll discuss what makes a good story, different ways to approach storytelling, and cover the basic steps of pre-production, production, and post-production,” stated Kazmerski.

The team will utilize discussions, show example footage, and then bring those skills into practice by lighting and filming an interview.

The documentary’s subject will be our own Oscar Stivala, from Argentina, a doctor, a musician, and an artist. It should make for a compelling film when they work on the editing process on Sunday.

Photo by Dave Warner – Oscar Stivala (center) plays trumpet with his Jazz trio, his artwork hanging on the wall behind him.

Floating Home Films partners with marketing agencies, nonprofit marketing, advancement teams, and small businesses to create authentic content that connects with audiences. They dig for genuine messaging in every project and provide three levels of service. Those three levels create content that can be used across multiple channels, remixed, and repurposed over time. The company is located in the Philadelphia and Rochester areas, but they travel all over to gather those stories. 

Space is limited to 50 people for the community presentation and 15 for the workshop. Both are free. Registration is required, so please visit https://creativeoutpost.org/events/ to sign up now.

About The Creative Outpost, Inc.

The Creative Outpost is a non-profit 501c3 organization in Little Falls focused on creative content, film, and media education. It is dedicated to teaching the art and craft of filmmaking and media development. It also focuses on establishing the Mohawk Valley as an international media leadership and production destination. More information can be found at creativeoutpost.org.