Upskilling SC YouTubers
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.