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by Sue Gallant

Kent Hardy and Blake Oatway of Ellerslie are currently taking part in the first video production workshop at Tyne Valley CAP site.

Wannabe film directors are getting a chance to learn the craft at Tyne Valley Opportunity Centre & CAP Site. The first in a series of film-making workshops is currently underway there, with a second scheduled for April.

Over a period of four, three-hour, workshops, participants each make three, one-minute productions. They view demonstrations and take part in discussion on sound recording, camera technique, lighting tips, and editing, as well as enjoying plenty of hands-on learning with the equipment. Six participants use three cameras and three editing suites to shoot and edit each one-minute production.

“The goal of the workshop series is to enable each participant to produce video on their own, using digital video equipment,” says workshop instructor Ken Williams. “Quality sound and lighting will be stressed as well as editing skills essential to creating video that is presentable and of a high quality. It is anticipated that participants will be able to use the skills they learn to produce documentaries or short videos.”

One minute autobiography—This is the first exercise in the workshop and gets participants familiar with the camera, DV transfer, and basic editing using Adobe Premiere. Each autobiography is structured using standard questions and also some open questions. Each participant takes a turn shooting and being interviewed.

One minute sequence of events—Shooting a sequence of events such as walking into a building, using a PC, then leaving, is broken down into about fifteen sequential shots. Setting up the camera for each shot and editing in order to establish a flow and continuity are the goals of the exercise.

One minute experimenting with lighting—Each participant chooses a lighting effect to shoot a close-up of themselves: dark one side; back-lit hair; obscured face; shadowy eyes, etc. Next, participants take part in a group effort to shoot using light effects such as the three point light set-up. Advanced camera techniques such as tracking and panning are considered.

The Tyne Valley CAP Site digital video production film-making workshop series has been made possible with funding and support from the Tech PEI Innovation Fund. Additional partnership support and funding has also been received from The West Prince Arts Council and Rural Community Learning Incorporated. Technical support is provided by the Island Media Arts Co-op.

A second series of workshops commences early April. Info: 831-3136.

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