Film and Documentary MakingProgram Fees
If you are interested in film and documentary making and wish to make career in this field, VIN can help you to develop your skills and portfolio against the backdrop of dramatic and conflicting Nepal. For those taking a career break or a gap year, this is the perfect opportunity.
As people in the twenty-first century become increasingly busy they do not have time to hear to other people’s stories. However, a short considered message combined with artistic presentation can be effective, compelling or influential; whatever you want it to be. That is what makes the audio-visual medium such a powerful tool. In a short period of time you can produce an effective message, create a record of the past or present and inform the opinions of many people.
VIN is a non-commercial, charitable organisation whose overriding mission is the empowerment of marginalised, rural communities in Nepal, with a particular focus on women and children. Since 2007 we have worked with Jitpurphedi community, 12km from Kathmandu, and are now initiating work in Okhaldhunga, in the Everest Region. By taking part in our Journalism Program you will be supporting our efforts in these communities, helping to promote our relationships with partner organisations and raising our visibility.
As a volunteer or intern you will complete a documentary, story cycle, advertisement, jingle, short film or promotional video under film and documentary making project. Our volunteers can work in or outside of the communities we support. If you chose to work inside the community, you can chose from any of VIN’s projects. For those volunteers working within the community, VIN will support you by providing a translator, as required.
During your volunteer/internship placement you will live in a home stay with a Nepali family, either in Kathmandu or the community. This will ensure you are immersed in Nepali life, language and culture and will help to inform your work.
During the project you will be involved in the entire process from research, concept, plan, shot list to interview, footage and eventually, editing. You will learn about shot selection, rhythm and tempo, the relationship between sound and picture and digital video terms and principals, among many other things.
One of the most beneficial aspects of working with VIN is that as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), VIN provides a working environment which is focussed toward development, empowerment and eradicating poverty. These key themes can enrich your work and there are plenty of human resources to use if you need information or to interview someone.
You will be required to bring your own equipment to complete the project. You will work up to six days a week, up to five hours each day. We would urge you to begin your research and have a broad outline of your proposed project before you arrive to enable us to effectively plan your placement as soon as you get here.
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN. Your safety is our highest priority. On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement). You will then receive an induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepali language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support or information during your volunteer placement.
During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel. However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family. While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.