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A Day with the Mentoring Video Project and guest artist Bill Zorzi

By Katia Crawford, WAYM Youth Producer

Katia Headshot_forwebThis November, I was invited to Ms. Mawish’s MVP (Mentoring Video Project) class. I didn’t really know what to expect but I saw a group of students telling their stories about the city of Baltimore in their own special way and I became interested in what these students do. I am a student myself, but I’m in Wide Angle’s Design Team. Recently, in the Design Team, we’re working on an animation called “Never Late Nate” and are creating icons to represent topics related to schools’ academics and their environment.

Now in MVP, spending a class with them was amazing. The students have taken a slight poetic turn, which peaked my personal interest since I like to write poetry, on the stories they’ve come up with about topics that they want to talk about based on their own experiences, mainly in the year 2015. We all had a chance to hear about each other’s story and the music they’ve created to set the tone. We also critiqued each other’s ideas and scripts while suggesting what their videos would look like. Now I wish I had a chance to do this project!

During the class, we were lucky to meet Bill Zorzi, writer of The Wire Season 4, and boy was he interesting. Mr. Zorzi has a way of making you feel like you’ve accomplished something even though you may have a lot more work to do. This just shows that you’re making progress and that’s the key to writing a script. Bill Zorzi showed us a large binder of papers and guess what it was…a script!

Mr. Zorzi showed a sample of a script, but in different colors. Now we were all wondering, “Why are they in different colors if it is the same script”? Well, Mr. Zorzi explained to us how it represents the progress throughout making the script, so each color showed some new changes, either added or taken away, from the script. He also encouraged us to continue to keep trying even when we have many parts that need to be changed. Writing a script seems stressful, but the outcome of the TV production will benefit from all that colorful, hard work. Overall, I had a great time with MVP and I’m hoping to see their finished projects and join them as a student in the next semester.