Planning, shooting, editing, creativity – everything is needed for video production.
These skills will be central to the Yukon Music Video Program, with nearly 20 Yukon youth learning how to make music videos.
The program, offered by Reel Youth in partnership with the Western Arctic Youth Collective, began Jan. 18 with the first of six sessions ending Feb. 3.
Reel Youth is an initiative focused on community development through film work. In addition to music video production, it offers clay programs, documentaries, photography and more.
As Mark Vonesh, director of Reel Youth, explained in an interview on January 16, the collective asked Reel Youth to offer a similar youth program in the Yukon that it had organized in Nunavut, where participants learned to produce a music video featuring a northern artist. For the Nunavut program which was The Beatrice Deer Band, and in the Yukon, the video will be made for Diyet, an award-winning singer-songwriter from the Kluane region.
Reel Youth was thrilled to join us and bring the program to the Yukon, initially planning for in-person sessions.
“But Omicron raged so we decided to go online,” Vonesh explained.
Of the first 22 who expressed interest in participating in the program, 17 signed up to participate. The program drew participants from Whitehorse, Dawson and Watson Lake.
During the program, when participants log on from 4-6 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday, two facilitators will help the group learn the art of planning, shooting and editing a short film. Another three-person team works behind the scenes to deliver the program, Vonesh said.
Although attendees must have a computer, laptop, or tablet capable of running Zoom and Adobe Creative Cloud Express for the sessions, Adobe software will be provided to attendees free of charge.
Participants who complete the program will also receive a $150 award. As Vonesh explained, the amount is provided to help attendees with any costs they may incur, such as internet usage, props for videos, etc., as well as an incentive to complete the program.
They will use these skills to each create a music video from Diyet. As Vonesh explained, Diyet is already connected to the Western Arctic Youth Collective, so it made sense when looking for music from a northern artist to use for videos, to use Diyet’s work.
Vonesh said there are certain things Reel Youth want participants to take away from the program, goals that are part of all Reel Youth programs.
“We want to give young people skills in media production and storytelling,” he said, adding that while participants don’t go further into making videos, there are a number of useful skills. at all levels.
Storytelling skills can come in handy in many scenarios, he said, joking that for some young people it might even come into play when asking family if they can borrow the car or go out. with friends for the night.
In addition to the technical and creative skills that can be learned, Vonesh said Reel Youth aims to develop leadership skills, helping them build self-esteem and express themselves.
As for those who applied to be part of the program, Vanosh said, “It’s a mix.”
Although everyone is interested in learning how to make music videos, some have taken note of the program themselves and applied, while others have had family members point them out and suggest they apply. For many it is an opportunity to learn new skills and for many who have faced isolation from COVID-19 over the past two years it is a way to meet new people who can share a similar interest.
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