Michelle Brucker films in Bosnia

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Michelle Brucker films in Bosnia

CoSA junior Michelle Brucker, who spent two years as an Instrumental Music student before switching to the DigArts Film conservatory, spent her summer in Bosnia creating a film for the Mediterrean Film Festival. Here is her account of her experience:

I went on a ten-day film camp as a representative of Outside the Lens (a local film/photography organisation). We started the camp in a very small Herzegovinian town, Široki Brijeg, where eight students from San Diego, including myself, met with Croatian counterparts from the area and a group from Philadelphia, totalling to about 50 students. As an organised student exchange, we were assigned to families who had volunteered to house us while we were in the area which made this camp a unique cultural experience as well.
This year, so many students were involved that the production of two movies was organised rather than only one. Each groups focus was to create a narrative film, under 10 minutes, that would be premiered as the opening films at the upcoming Mediterranean Film Festival. The MFF's sponsors also sponsored our trip, which is why it is called "MFF school".
The film I made with my group, titled Dzudaniganga (now viewable on YouTube), tells the story of two cousins from America and a small Herzegovinian town who settle their differences and learn to appreciate each others' cultures and interests. This year, after movie pitches were made and positions assigned, we travelled into the mountains and spent four days producing our film in a beautifully landscaped area called Blidinje. Post production was then completely back in Široki, followed by the locally famous Mediterranean Film Festival. While different from the Sarajevo film festival, documentaries by well known artists around the world have been known to partake in these annual festivals. For 18 years now, documentaries and foreign films have been showcased and MFF school's films are always the opening premiers. Being with students with so many artistic interests helped me develop as an artist.