Environmental Film Making
5 days long delivered in a mixture of full and half days. The maximum group size is 10 students and a minimum age of 9 is required. The workshop is intensive and the students will learn a little about their local environment from which they will choose their subject. They learn about film making i.e. how to tell a story, the three stages of production, recording sound, using the film equipment, how to conduct an interview, the roles in a film crew, composition and creative film making. They will be involved in a lot of brain storming and creative thinking and will then choose a role they would like to take on i.e. director, producer etc. They will go on at least one location shoot which will probably involve an interview and they will also learn about presenting and voice over. They will be involved in some of the editing process and learn how music and narration can enhance a film and help to tell the story. This workshop will involve producing some artwork for example a storyboard and possibly other drawings that can be used as puppets or similar for the film.
Environmental News Report
This 2 day workshop concentrates on how to create a short environmental video news report. The students take on the role of video journalists and learn how to think on their feet and make decisions quickly. They will look at their local environment and discuss any issues they feel strongly about i.e. animal welfare, waste, wind power etc and then choose one subject for their report. They will learn how to conduct an interview and how to use the film equipment. This course will involve one or possibly two location shoots and at least one interview. The students will have to deliver a piece to camera or write a script and produce a voice over. They will have to gather relevant footage and will learn how to think creatively and work in a crew.
Environmental Radio Programme and Podcast Production
This is a 2 day workshop concentrating on audio recording and production. Similarly to the Environmental News Report workshop the students will look at their local environment and choose a subject that they feel strongly about. They will take on the role of a radio journalist and will learn how to conduct and interview and how to compose a list of questions with guaranteed good answers. They will learn how to use the audio equipment effectively and will visit at least one recording location. The recorded audio will then be edited together to create the final programme and will then be sent to their local radio station for broadcast. It will also be made into an audio file and can be used as a podcast.
Environmental Newspaper Column
This day-long workshop will provide the students with valuable journalistic skills and will teach them about their local press and how they can use them to for publicity and news. One location will be visited where an interview will most probably be conducted. The students will also learn how to take photographs to illustrate their story. We will then return to classroom where the article will be produced and put together and sent off to their local newspaper where it will be published.
We plan to add more workshops to our current ones including some artwork and craft projects in the future