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When Christine and I first heard about designer Emily Pilloton and her partner, architect Matt Miller, we were immediately drawn to them.
One example is a genetically engineered flower that, when planted in an area that was filled with buried landmines, changed colors when it touched metal. There are do-it-yourself solar panel kits that bring lights to remote villages, water cups made from clay and organic material that purify water and fight disease, and eye glasses that allow the user to adjust to their own needs without a trip to the optometrist.
Emily and Matt both believe that great design—which is really just great problem solving—can change the world. Unfortunately, the people and places that are most in need of improvement often don't have access to designers and architects. Only two percent of the people in the world ever hire a designer or an architect.
They were especially careful to listen to those they worked with, and to include input from the community when new projects were designed and built and implemented. And although they were doing incredible work in communities all around the world, they recognized that there was only so much work they could handle.
Bertie County is the poorest county in North Carolina and faces countless challenges: Those were just a few of the challenges. Emily and Matt would have been naive to think that their classroom and their students could have solved all of the problems that exist in Bertie County.
But of course, that was never the goal. What Studio H was designed to do is plant small seeds and know-how in the students who participated in the class, and by doing so develop a new resource—a new generation of creative problem solvers—that could address some of these challenges in the near future with a new skill set.
We knew early on in the process that we would not and should not be able to shoot every day in the classroom. But we also knew that there were bound to be moments during the year that could be helpful in telling this story.
So we as filmmakers did something we had never done before: One student, Jamesha Thompson, was particularly good at shooting video and asking questions. This filmmaking technique felt especially appropriate because it was so similar to the Studio H approach; by inviting the students to take ownership of telling their own stories, we were able to create a much more honest and intimate portrayal of what occurred throughout the school year.
Not only was this a challenging film to produce and an extremely nuanced and difficult story to tell, the lessons that all of us learned in Studio H—students, teachers, and filmmakers—went far beyond the lessons of how to design and build things.
Bertie County, NC is 2, miles from our home in California, and yet this always felt like a very personal story for Christine and me. Our three kids go to public schools in Los Angeles, so we understand the challenges and the potential that public education has to offer.
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