Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion is scheduled to host the “I Was There” film making workshop, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30 until 5 p.m.
The battalion extends a special invitation to all servicemembers being treated at the Warrior Transition Unit, its cadre, as well as Soldiers and veterans on and off the installation and participate in the four, half-day workshops. The workshop requires no equipment or prior filmmaking experience.
“Fort Bragg’s WTB got involved with this program after hearing about Benjamin Patton and his team of skilled professional filmmakers conducting similar workshops at other installations for warriors in transition and Soldiers that have had traumatic brain injuries and mild traumatic brain injuries,” said Willie D. Gore, Jr., Warrior Transition Battalion, deputy of operations.
“The workshop is going to be broken down into a morning and an afternoon session. What we are looking for is a minimum of 24 participants so that we can have 12 participants in each session,” explained Gore.
Using his film background, Patton, president of Patton Video Productions, worked many years with teens to help develop their personal identity so he felt this technique could also be beneficial to the men and women of the armed forces as well.
“At one point, the idea came to me that this could also be beneficial to men and women of the armed forces particularly those who have been deployed to combat zones or wounded, because this provides them the opportunity to use video to express themselves without having to talk about it. In many cases these individuals do not like to talk about their stuff with anybody,” said Benjamin Patton, president of Patton Video Productions.
For those Soldiers and veterans who may not feel comfortable talking or have not found a way to talk about their combat experiences or wounds, the workshop may be the right tool for them.
“During the workshop, participants will learn about narrative and story in order to better tell their story so that others can better understand them as well as their experiences. Film exercise will also introduce everyone to each other,” said Patton.
At the end of the workshop everyone will have a copy of the completed film that they can take home and share with others.”
“Digital video is one of the most powerful story telling tools ever developed by mankind. We have found this to be very helpful in their recovery,” said Patton, “This tool offers a wonderful opportunity for the men and women of the armed forces to express themselves, creating a healing effect to the seen and unseen wounds of war.”