Benalla Ensign

Gallery puts the art in smartphone

- By Simon Ruppert

Benalla Art Gallery is set to host a smartphone stories film-making workshop this month.

In this fun, interactiv­e, project Daniel Schultheis from Melbourne-based cultural diversity screen organisati­on Cinespace will show participan­ts different ways to tell stories using a smartphone.

Whether a comedy, drama or documentar­y, participan­ts will learn the skills to produce, write, direct and edit a film made entirely on a their mobile phone.

Participan­ts will make their first film about themselves on a smartphone during the twoday introducto­ry workshop, and then get ongoing support during three months to make their next short film or piece of screen content, exploring anything that they like.

Participan­ts will have the opportunit­y to showcase their film at local events and online.

Benalla Art Gallery director Eric Nash said Mr Schultheis had worked in community film making and education for more than 18 years and was the founding committee member of Cinespace.

“This important workshop is a creative arts-based project, which will positively contribute to community health and wellbeing by reducing social isolation, building self-esteem and strengthen­ing community connection using accessible filmmaking practices,” Mr Nash said.

A number of places will be reserved for youth, culturally and linguistic­ally diverse, and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people.

Participan­ts can bring their own smartphone if they have one.

However, depending on individual circumstan­ces, arrangemen­ts will be made to ensure all participan­ts have access to equipment to be able to participat­e.

If access is a barrier, transport choices and support can be arranged.

The workshops have been supported by VicHealth, Art of

Good Health, City Of Port Phillip, Cinespace Inc. and Australia Council for the Arts.

The workshop is free and open to anyone ages 13-plus. It will take place on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, from 10am to 4.30pm. Numbers are strictly limited. To secure your place, email the gallery at gallery@benalla.vic.

 ?? ?? Creativity (below): Benalla Art Gallery will host two smartphone film-making workshops in March.
Creativity (below): Benalla Art Gallery will host two smartphone film-making workshops in March.

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