Up­skilling SC YouTu­bers

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - ES­THER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

The hunt is on for tal­ented South Canterbury YouTu­bers who want to im­prove their skills through the op­por­tu­nity to use part of a $300,000 fund.

The Skip Ahead fund is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween NZ on Air and Google/YouTube. Suc­cesss­ful ap­pli­cants will see their vis­ual sto­ries de­vel­oped into a web se­ries, at­tend skills work­shops and as­sis­tance to build a global au­di­ence.

Geral­dine film-maker Max Pater­son,17, uses YouTube as his CV. This week sees the first an­niver­sary of his YouTube chan­nel, Val­ley Films. ’’It’s a fun plat­form,’’ he said.

Pater­son, who was home­schooled, has been mak­ing short films and pro­mo­tional videos for the last four years. His chan­nel has had 40,000 views.

‘‘The great thing about YouTube is it doesn’t cost (to up­load). The cost of mak­ing a video can be quite low.’’

The suc­cess­ful 2016 Skip Ahead ap­pli­cants, who were as­sisted to launch their own web se­ries, in­cluded Jor­dan Wat­son, with How to Dad, an in­struc­tional par­ent­ing se­ries and The Can­dle­wasters, a mu­si­cal web se­ries fol­low­ing three women in their early 20s on the bot­tom rung of the cre­ative in­dus­try.

Pater­son thought Skip Ahead was a great idea and plans to ap­ply. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Au­gust 30. For more in­for­ma­tion go to: nzon­air.govt.nz.

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