Meet the Makers at BAVC

Mozilla is very proud to have collaborated with the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Factory program for youth media makers. This past March, we began working with this group of talented filmmakers to imagine how the documentaries they were creating about Bay Area non profit groups could translate into “web native” cinema. We blogged about our initial meetings here.

These meetings formed the basis of the feedback we needed to create Popcorn Maker, our graphical user interface for Popcorn. Over the summer, the students of Seneca College’s Center for Development of Open Technology worked with Mozilla’s Bobby Richter and filmmaker/developer Brian Chirls on an alpha version of Popcorn Maker. We blogged about this process here.

These worlds came together in August at BAVC’s offices in San Francisco, where we embarked on a four-day sprint to create not only the web documentaries of the students, but a usable version of Popcorn Maker.

This achievement is even more remarkable considering that prior to this partnership, none of the Factory students had any experiencing in authoring web pages. The realization that the web is not simply a medium of consumption, but one of participation, is key to Mozilla’s mission – and underscores our commitment to helping a generation of “web makers” use the web as their canvas. Mozilla’s Executive Director Mark Surman summed up our efforts in this direction in this blog post.

We invite you to explore the work that these talented individuals created, and to share them with your networks! Note: these projects all require modern a modern browser such Firefox 4 or Chrome and a fast computer and connection.

History In These Streets
This web documentary about the Huey P Newton Foundation uses A Google Street View location for each stop on the Black Panthers legacy tour, narrated by David Hilliard. Each location also features a collection of archival photos.
Creative Growth
Using “dynamic content injection”, B-Roll is drawn from flickr images in this documentary about an art rehabilitation center. Based on answers that users give to the filmmakers questions (ie “what inspires you?”), the film will change with each viewing.

Cultivating Community (documenting CIty Slicker Farms)
A full screen video which becomes transparent as Google Maps “pins” are dropped at the site of each farm. When the video is completed, users can explore each site in detail with a video for that specific site.

Inspire Yourself
In partnership with InspireUSA, this group chose to build a site that featured inspirational stories from others living with mental illness. The site features four video vignettes, as well as several written stories collected by the team. These written stories can be updated based on submissions collected on the site.

Popcorn Maker Alpha
A work in progress version of our app can be found at, but be warned that the app is experiencing heavy development 🙂

7 responses

  1. Marilyn Wigglesworth wrote on :

    Congratulations! The documentaries were great and so interesting. What an inviting media you use to teach me about your stories. Please continue to reach out and tell the stories that bring out your emotions and need to be told. Wake up the sleeping crowds. Good on you for doing this!

  2. Pingback from Friends, mentors and connected learning « commonspace on :

    […] use their interest in gardening to teach them about the web. This may sound crazy or hard, this recent video about our  work with the Bay Area Video Coalition reminded me we’re already doing it: You […]

  3. Pingback from Making Mozilla big in learning « commonspace on :

    […] like Hackasaurus and School of Webcraft. But it also includes media and innovation programs like Web Made Movies and MoJo that are already helping new kinds of people learn, tinker and make things on the web. […]

  4. Pingback from Places We Love: Bay Area Video Coalition « Spy Hop Productions on :

    […] how the documentaries they were creating about Bay Area nonprofit groups could translate into “web native” cinema. It’s a very cool concept and hopefully the tools they are creating together will be more widely […]

  5. Pingback from Bringing Young Filmmakers’ Work to the Web | Mozilla Festival on :

    […] August, students participated in a four day sprint to create web native versions of their documentary work. Students pulled in elements like […]

  6. Pingback from Mozilla Event Menu Lite | Michelle Thorne on :

    […] “Meet the Makers” by Mozilla Popcorn team and “Paper Prototyping at NYSCI hack jam” by Mozilla […]

  7. Pingback from Popcorn Hack Jams — First Cut | Michelle Thorne on :

    […] Bay Area Video Coalition + Mozilla (For youth), San Francisco. […]