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Project Bluelight: Filmmaking Across the Americas

​​​Project ​Summary:

In this GLE project, students experienced intercultural and global understanding using a 3-5 minute short film. Teams consisted of five crews of approximately five Fatec Tatui students and five DePaul students. Specific roles were assigned to both the Fatec Tatui students (sound design, recording, editing, composing, and mixing) and the DePaul students (shooting, editing, visual effects, and color) allowing for the teams to work together and collaborate effectively. Students were also given some flexibility in these roles, as the teams could make their own decisions, and this could provide opportunities for the team members to learn from each other and adapt to different ways of working. Students exercised clear communication and shared project management tools to keep everyone on the same page and to have a clear understanding of the project's scope, timeline, and workflow. Students had the freedom to decide what kind of movie they would make. Class-to-class synchronous meetings ran through the program and teams had at least one synchronous meeting weekly outside of class. The teams used collaborative tools of their choice. Students experienced cinema language workshops developed by the English professor at Fatec Tatui, Dulce Helena. Film lingo is very unique so they worked with the students to develop a common language.

Project Length: 

  • 10 Weeks

Technology Tools Use:

  • Pro Tools
  • Premiere
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Logic X
  • Zoom
  • Discord
  • Google Products

Interaction Mode:

  • Asynchronous
  • Synchronous
  • Both

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students worked collaboratively on a short film.
  • Students were led to a consensus in terms of problem-solving using synchronous and asynchronous approaches.
  • Students created a series of accountability strategies.
  • Students understood the role and importance of metadata.
  • Students received and gave respectful criticism from and to international collaborators.
  • Students understood the importance of social skills with long-distance collaboration.
  • Students were flexible in terms of workflows and timelines.
  • Students understood that certain behaviors will be detrimental to the process.

Faculty Feedback:

"Fear is the most important motivator for these projects to fail. Spending time with the students in Brazil did a lot to mitigate that fear. " ~Rob Steel

"My students pushed through their fear and did great work." ~Fabrizio di Sarno

Robert Steel

Robert Steel

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Film
Course name: Project Bluelight

Fabrizio di Sarno

Fabrizio di Sarno

Institution: Fatec Tatui
Discipline: Sound and Music
Course name: Sound Production


Partner Institutions

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Fatec Tatui
Tatui, Brazil


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