Shuyi Peng

Produced by Shuyi Peng

What is your story about?
My story is all about the most impressive experience I had during the time when I was in the university. That was a period of time that me and my 16 teammates did voluntary teaching in a small village in the northwest China. We spent around a month there and stayed with our students and villagers, taught them the knowledge we know, shared our thoughts with them, showed them the marvelous world outside the mountain they live in.

Why did you choose to tell this story?
I consider it to be the most valuable experience I have in my life so far. I got the chance to approach this village which has its villagers so kind and full of benevolence, I also got the opportunity to become friends with my outstanding teammates who I was not familiar with before. Most importantly, it made me realise that my existence could be so meaningful and important, there could be such a group of children need me so badly, respect me and trust me.

What did you find most rewarding or challenging about creating the story?
Which makes this video different from the others is its “footage”. I studied in the documentary pathway for MAIJ and made several videos by myself, most of these videos are based on the video footage that I shoot, this video is based on the pictures, however. Pictures don’t move, they are still, it makes them not as catching as the video. In this way, making pictures “move” and interesting to tell the story in the video becomes the biggest challenge for me in creating it. I am lucky to have enough photos about this experience in my PC, which makes it possible for me to tell the whole story.

The most rewarding thing I found is the perfect way that Photoshop could work with Premiere. Their coordination makes pictures move like videos. Besides, the efforts that Sharon made are also crucial for me, I could not get this done without her help and encouragement. Thank you Sharon!

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Wenyu Li

‘Love’ produced by Wenyu Li

What is your story about?
It was a broken heart healing journey that I found myself back from a failed relationship.

Why did you choose to tell this story?
It once had a massive impact to me and I want to share it to people whom might going through similar experience, with my warm support.

What did you find most rewarding or challenging about creating the story?
To face myself again and represent such abstract feeling in the digital storytelling way.

Karla Pequenino

‘Her Story’ produced by Karla Pequenino

What is your story about?
A girl who gets trapped by problems she creates herself, without realizing, and then has to learn how to overcome them herself because she wants to. That girl is me. In essence it shows how I overcome problems with isolation and disordered eating some years ago, by realizing I was the only one who could force myself to change and get better.

This story shows me finally ‘archiving’ that part of my life as  ‘just another journey I went through’ and can now freely talk about.

It is about discovering we have the power to change within ourselves.

Why did you choose to tell the story?
Nowadays, I am so embarrassed of ever having issues with eating that I avoid talking about it, even though this story forced me to do a lot of reflecting on it.

I feel my experience could help others, but I fear being judged and scrutinized so I avoid it. By telling this story, I wanted to get rid of my ‘imposed’ stigma and motivate others by showing them they can overcome their problems if they put their mind to it.

In short: ‘Coming clean’ about this part of my life, and trying to inspire others who are going through the same situation  is something that I wanted to do for some time. Citizen Media gave me the opportunity to finally ‘cross that goal’ off my list.

What did you find most challenging?
I was scared of going public and making the story too melodramatic. I tried to make my story as vague, but clear, as possible so that the essence came across without too many details. It was hard to find a balance in being descriptive enough about the problems and maintaining an overall positive tone.

I don’t want this to be my ‘sob story’, just something I went through. I am not sure if I have completely accomplished that, but I tried to focus on the positive.