After being accepted to the six-week Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon program prior to the summer of 2013, Heidi Gay ’15 and Emily Maroni ’15 were dismayed to find the informational videos for the program were no longer functioning due to technical issues.
“There are different housing options,” says Gay. “So when we wanted to make an informed decision and watch the housing video, and it wasn’t possible, it was frustrating.”
After some discussion about the videos, roommates Gay and Maroni decided to develop new videos while on their trip in 2013. With camera in hand, they shot video of the institute and nearby excursions and interviewed faculty and students. Once they returned home, Maroni spent two months completing the video editing using Final Cut Pro in the College’s media center.
“These videos are very helpful for the students because they have been made from a student’s perspective,” says Rudy Le Menthéour, director of the program and assistant French professor. “They are much more refreshing and genuine than any video that would have been made by us. There is also a sense of joy that will promote the program in a much better way than any professorial discourse.”
According to Maroni, a third video covering the city of Avignon is currently in the works. To watch either of these informational videos, see below or view the Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon’s website.