Shepparton Upskilling Workshop

Shepparton Upskilling Workshop

Open Channel recently loaded up the mobile training unit with lights, cameras, reflector boards, sandbags, and all other crucial filmmaking kit, and headed out to Shepparton for a day-long Upskilling Workshop. Housed in the creative comfort of a studio space at the Shepparton Art Gallery, the workshop drew together a diverse group of locals, from teenagers through to professionals all of whom were there with the specific goal of polishing up their filmmaking skills.

Advice was given to the participants regarding specific projects and sharing personal experiences to explore ways to ‘find your story’, improve camera and lighting skills, master ‘the art of the interview’ and structure post-production work-flow, amongst other topics.

A great day was had by all, with energetic and creative conversations shared throughout the day. By 5pm the workshop drew to an end, the gear was back in the OC mobile training unit and the tutors set off back to Melbourne, as the sun set on the town of Shepparton. Another day, another filmmaking workshop in the can!

Media Coverage:

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Yarnin Films Screened at Shepparton Emerging Voices Festival

Shepparton’s ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival screens Yarnin films

Lenny Clarke
Uncle Lenny Clarke

Open Channel and YARNIN Pictures were proud to be part of SheppARTon ‘Emerging Voices’ Festival on March 10th 2013 – a perfect platform for the Shepparton launch of the indigenous ‘YARNIN’ web series.

Yarnin is a mobile training program travelling throughout Victoria working with local Aboriginal communities to record their history of Land Rights from an insider’s perspective. The program records detailed interviews from which short documentaries are produced and screened online, and on other platforms.

Yarnin was conceived by Bobby Nicholls, Rebecca McLean and John Harding and is produced in conjunction with Victorian screen organisation Open Channel.

Supported by Film Victoria, the Australian Government Office of the Arts, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the aim of Yarnin is to record audio-visual history whilst training a new generation of Indigenous filmmakers and journalists. This is the first time Aboriginal Land Rights in Victoria has been fully explored in a concise and detailed media project.

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of the Yarnin Project – a significant film project which serves to both preserve our important Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations, and also to train the next generation of Aboriginal filmmakers here in Victoria.”

Yarnin program facilitators Rebecca McLean, Bobby Nicholls, and Johnny Harding, along with the young filmmakers, launched the Yarnin’ website in Shepparton on Sunday March 10 along with Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie.

The Yarnin films won prizes for Best Local Film and Best Festival Theme in the Shepparton Shorts Film Festival.

Festival info: www.sheppARTonfestival.org.au