Video work­shops teach lo­cals new skills

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents an­swered some of ‘Life’s Big Ques­tions’ through film as part of the ABC Open video work­shops re­cently held at the Proser­pine and Beach Li­brary.

The sim­ple video project chal­lenged lo­cals to record people an­swer­ing a se­ries of ques­tions about life’s big themes of love, hap­pi­ness, fear or hope.

The first work­shop was de­signed to teach par­tic­i­pants valu­able skills in in­ter­view­ing and build their ac­tive lis­ten­ing skills to ask a fol­low up ques­tion.

The sec­ond work­shop was de­signed to teach par­tic­i­pants some prac­ti­cal skills in cam­era setup, light­ing fram­ing, in­ter­view­ing on cam­era, au­dio record­ing, sim­ple edit­ing and how to upload a video to the web.

Trop­i­cal North ABC Open pro­ducer Dan Bat­t­ley said the chal­lenge was for par­tic­i­pants to edit the film to­gether and to tell the story of their talent with­out the voice of the in­ter- viewer.

“I feel that ev­ery­one in­volved took away a great deal of knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence from the work­shops,” he said.

“For people to shoot, edit and pub­lish a video on­line within two three-hour ses­sions is quite re­mark­able in my eyes and they should all be re­ally proud of their ef­forts be­cause it was a huge ask.”

The ABC Open work­shops are de­signed to help de­velop the skills of people liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas.

Mr Bat­t­ley is look­ing for­ward to hold­ing additional work­shops in pho­tog­ra­phy and writ­ing.

“I’m hop­ing to hold a work­shop on the 500 words writ­ing chal­lenge to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to put their work for­ward at this year’s Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ABC Open work­shops or to view the videos on­line, visit

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