Production blog – Take 1

This blog will be my sidekick as I contemplate, develop… and contemplate the development of my MFA thesis project in Documentary Media @ Ryerson University (T.O.)

  • Subject under scrutiny: Alternative education; the value & need of art and new-media practice in the classroom.
  • The people I wish to collaborate with and/or interview: high school students, teachers, new-media artists, web developer
  • The voices I wish to hear from primarily: high school students, teachers, mentors
  • The medium I wish to use to document project: audio, video, photography
  • The medium I wish to concentrate on and develop my skills in: audio — audio-documentary
  • How do I envision the final project appearing?: as an installation
  • Framework of the installation: … need to develop media first
  • Media to start addressing: audio recordings of students, classroom ‘sounds’ in both alternative and traditional settings.
  • Goal(s) of project: 1) to produce an interactive teaching module for a grade nine geography class that would incorporate video and sound/ audio tools

Huge inspiration:



Project Time-line


• Contact teachers in Toronto & Montreal; lineup interviews and discussions of collaboration possibilities
• Research experiential learning practices
• Research local alternative educational practices
• Visit alternative schools
• Interview students & instructors
• Visit OISE
• Meet with new media programmers
• Discuss curriculum for fall semester with 1-2 teachers and new-media collaborator


• Record & edit interviews–experiment with audio documentary editing


• Finalize curriculum for fall semester with 1-2 teachers and new-media collaborator
• Edit interviews–experiment with audio documentary editing


• Conduct pilot project with students
• Document class project in video

Project Budget: 2010-11

Travel: Mtl-T.O – 1500.00
Honorarium: Web consultant, new-media developer – 1000.00
Equipment – 500.00
Food (crew & subjects) – 500.00
Hard drive  – 400.00
SD card for camera  – 100.00
Final installation: rental of monitors, audio system, earphones – 500.00
Miscellaneous (supplies) – 200.00
Research (books, media, conferences…) – 400.00

Total – 5100.00$

About cayoup

Colleen Ayoup was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She has been engaged in media creation for nearly twenty years. After attending the Dawson Institute of Photography (Montreal), she worked as a commercial photographer for several years until the craving for different creative pursuits gave way. This desire led to two subsequent degrees in Psychology/Film Studies and Film Production (B.A., B.F.A) at Concordia University in Montreal. Her short fiction films and documentary, Kings (2001), about drag-king culture in Montreal toured festivals internationally. In 2004, she joined the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated Doc Shop, a program designed to give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn trade skills from industry professionals and produce a short documentary for broadcast on CBC. She also contributed to the development and creation of CitizenShift (, the NFB’s first social-media website that she subsequently coordinated for five years. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)