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ACTV – Thinking Caps On

Thinking Caps On

Sharing New Ideas Together

ACTV Video Youth Group

Day 5 | 02/12/15 





Thinking Caps On

Thinking Caps On – Today we started by analysing photography and film and ended by coming up with ideas for our own movies

This week’s meeting of ACTV hit the ground running, and there were good vibes all around!

We started by analysing a a photograph, trying to describe only what we see without making any interpretations. This is an important tool in learning how to read art in general, and film in particular and in this way group members learn how to “read” what they see more competently. In the future, they will be making their films and utilising this skill to plan their frames, narratives, direction and editing.

Meah Shearim '08 - Yaakov Asher Sinclair

Meah Shearim ’08 – Yaakov Asher Sinclair

The next step was watching the childhood scene from one of cinemas greatest films of all times, Orson Welles’, “Citizen Kane“. this film pioneered new techniques in cinematography which are still studied to today in film schools around the world.

We used this scene to discuss aspects of Mise-en-scène, the visual aspects of story telling through a shot or scene. In this shot we our visually “told” a story through the arrangement and relationships of elements of the shot, such as the position of the characters in relation to each other, and the dual focus on foreground and background, enriching the scene with visual information.

Discussing Mise-en-scène  - Orson Welles "Citizen Kane", childhood scene

Discussing Mise-en-scène – Orson Welles “Citizen Kane”, childhood scene

After a quick snack and coffee break, each group member independently wrote down five ideas to make a short film. The ideas could be anything – cartoons, music videos, personal narratives, fantasy, or anything else.

Thinking caps on

We put our thinking caps on and came up with 5 ideas for films we want to make

Once everyone had their ideas, we split up into pairs to share the ideas and get to know people we haven’t talked much with yet. The room was filled with good vibes and the sounds of new friendships beginning, as everyone was busy sharing and discussing their ideas and thoughts.

Thinking Caps On – Asaf, one of the ACTV Video Group’s facilitators, discusses the ideas with group members as they share

After we had dedicated enough time for sharing our ideas in pairs, we regathered in the group circle and shared them with everyone. This is a great way to brainstorm ideas together. Everyone wrote down at least one idea they liked on a big sheet of paper in the middle of the circle. It could be your own idea or someone else’s, or an idea that occurred to you from the group discussion. Nothing was binding – at this stage we are just playing around with ideas – but it gave a good sense of where the group is at and where interests are.

Brainstorming ideas

The group gathers in a circle to share and brainstorm ideas for movies.

Ideas for movies

Everyone writes down at least one idea for a movie.


As we shared ideas, group members gave positive feed back and constructive criticism to each other and some group members are already really interested in working together.

Andre: It is interesting to learn more about how to frame and edit videos.

Anat: Naama helped me write out my story ideas, and she had an idea about an abandoned puppy finding a new home.

Juju: I’m having fun and making new friends!

 ACTV Video Youth Group- Thinking Caps ON

Youth from East and West Jerusalem come together to learn how to make movies

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The ACTV Video Youth program has now entered it’s 4th year, bringing together teens from all over East and West Jerusalem to learn how to direct, film and edit their own amazing movies, sharing experiences and creating new narratives together.

The group is facilitated by Khaled Rishek and Asaf Shahar of the YMCA Youth Department

Want to find out more about the Youth Department’s ACTV  Video Youth group and other Jerusalem Youth Groups and activities?


Yasmine Guerin, Youth Department Coordintor

+972 02-5692677 | yasmine@ymca.org.il

Naxeeh Ansari, Youth Department Director

+972 02-5692676 | nazeeh@ymca.org.il

You can also check out our Young Leaders Youth Group