Children experiencing serious medical challenges face special barriers to self-expression and interaction with peers. Exhausting and time-consuming treatments can lead to feelings of isolation. BayKids provides kids braving injury or illness in hospitals with the opportunity to plan, cast, and create their own films.
Since its founding in 1997, BayKids has helped more than 5,000 children confronting cancer, paralysis, and other medical conditions learn the art of cinematic self-expression. The MovieMaking program brings instruction and tools into hospital rooms, empowering junior filmmakers with full control over their own feature from beginning to end. Kids get to choose a film medium (such as animation or documentary), casting, location, and set creation. Production is a social affair, engaging groups of patients to foster camaraderie. Film topics such as re-entering school after a hospital stay help kids work through the social and emotional challenges of childhood illness. After filming wraps, children can learn to edit raw materials into a polished feature with the help of an experienced BayKids volunteer, adding special effects, music, and other finishing touches.
The organization's current lineup of editing tools, however, is poorly out of date. The laptop that volunteers use for bedside editing is in disrepair and lacks a DVD burner and the ability to run the most current software. Additionally, BayKids's camera is not digital, so volunteers must undertake the time-consuming task of digitizing all footage.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help BayKids provide children with a state-of-the-art filmmaking experience. If G-Team members raise $1,000, BayKids will be able to purchase a new laptop for bedside editing, allowing children to help edit each scene and receive an immediate DVD copy of their movies at the hospital. Each additional $10 raised will go toward the purchase of a new digital camera to streamline film digitization.
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