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.

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