Canon Richards students produce documentary film
Film to premiere in October
FLOWERS’S COVE, NL – Grade 8 students in Flower’s Cove are showing the world their hometown through the art of filmmaking.
Students participated in the FRAMED Canon Richard Memorial Academy camp May 15-19. The camp was part of the FRAMED Film Education Series offered through ArtsNL’s ArtsSmarts program.
Under the leadership of filmmaker Latonia Hartery and film editor Victoria Wells, students made their own five-minute documentary film, learning the basics of documentary filmmaking including editing techniques, conducting interviews with their subjects, camera work, and sound work. Throughout the process, everybody took turns fulfilling different jobs.
According to Hartery, these skills are applicable to any type of filmmaking; whether documentary or narrative, the skills the students learned can transfer to other film projects in the future.
The film will feature a variety of perspectives from locals in Flower’s Cove and the surrounding area on life on the Northern Peninsula. The students filmed footage in different communities throughout the Straits area, and interviewed adults for the film. Some of the students will appear in it themselves, discussing what’s great, challenging and unique about life where they live.
Hartery enjoyed working with this group.
“It’s been a joy for us to be with them,” she said. “They have a lot of positive energy and they’re very enthusiastic about learning.”
More than just gaining a skillset for filmmaking, Hartery believes the program helps diversify the students’ education in a number of ways.
For instance, it’s an exercise in teambuilding and collaboration.
“Films are about teamwork, that’s all they ever are,” she said. “And it’s a real exercise in having to plan and create and produce something that everybody has to agree on and work together on.”
The students even get practice in public speaking since some of them will appear on camera.
“They’re developing media skills in that way as well, like how to present yourself on camera.”
The students hadn’t yet settled on a title for the film, which will have its official premiere at the 28th Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival Oct. 18-22.
The film will be available for the public to view online on the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival YouTube channel.
The Grade Eight class poses with their film equipment (standing) Sara Dempster, Sara Diamond, Allie Gardner, Bailee White, Luke Gould, Blair Way, Ryder Hughes, Brady Hughes, Victoria Wells; (kneeling) Latonia Hartery, Amber Mitchelmore, Chloe Way, Kaitlyn Way, Tori Way; (sitting) Jarod Genge, Jenna Verhagen, Shayden Eddison and Chloe Genge.
Brady Hughes, Sara Lily Diamond, Jenna Verhaen and Chloe Genge set up an interview with Grade 8 classmate Kaitlyn Way at GNP Craft Producers Store.
Jenna Verhagen (left) slates in front of Kaitlyn Way at the GNP Craft Producers Store.
FRAMED mentor Victoria Wells takes a selfie with Latonia Hartery and Flower’s Island Lighthouse in the background.