What an inspiring and stimulating summer for The ONWARD Project as we conclude our Intern Program 2021! We collaborated remotely with our three participants: Carter Smallcanyon, a high school student in Utah; Ethan Kim, a high school student in Northern California; and Leon Cruz, a USC Masters candidate in Southern California. During our first three weeks, through Zoom discussions and selections from our extensive digital archive, we introduced the history, content, and cultural implications of the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition in addition to the foundational elements of visual storytelling and building a narrative. The remaining weeks were devoted to the challenge for Ethan and Carter to develop a video connecting the RBMVExpedition to personal memory, community memory or to a concurrent historic event. They undertook the creation of a personal vision, storyboard, illustrations, text, animation and audio. Leon was an invaluable leader with his consistent encouragement and support, technical expertise and facility with visual storytelling and sensitivity as a collaborator.
Keep scrolling to enjoy the final video presentations and the two Virtual Reality models along with short bios of each intern!
Thank you to the generosity of our private donors who made our Summer Intern Program 2021 possible.
CARTER SMALLCANYON FINAL PRESENTATION
ETHAN KIM FINAL PRESENTATION
The last component of the summer was a full collaboration between Leon, Carter, and Ethan, combining their mutual drawing, technical and storytelling skills. They met this final challenge with the creation of two Virtual 3-D models developed in real time through a virtual shared drawing space as Carter narrated his memories of two places to which he and his family and the stories of the Expedition are connected.
Click the links below to enjoy walking yourself around these models!