Video workshops teach locals new skills
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 www.abc.net.au/open.