Seniors to learn Smartphone filmmaking

a series of free workshops in December.

Smartphone Stories filmmaking workshops will be held in Euroa and Nagambie between December 7 and 10 – and seniors are welcome to bring their grandchildren.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Chris Raeburn encouraged seniors to embrace the opportunity to learn new skills at the two-day workshops.

“While the workshops are open to people of all ages, they are particularly aimed at seniors to help them develop their confidence with digital technology,” Cr Raeburn said.

“The workshops will be interactive and a lot of fun. It’s a great opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and learn something new.”

Cr Raeburn said Smartphone Stories Victoria had been funded through the Vic Health – Art of Good Health Partnerships Grants program and was a creative arts-based project.

“The fun, interactive community-based workshop project will give participants the skills, information and equipment to be able to develop and make films, and tell their stories, using a mobile phone,” he said.

“People can come alone, with friends, or bring their grandchildren and work on a filmmaking project together.”

A smartphone story might be a short drama or comedy film, a short documentary, an experimental film, a music video or a vlog, or something else.

Cr Raeburn said a story could be made by one person or a team of people.

“Imagine surprising your family with a film at Christmas or filming your next gathering and turning it into a story,” he said.

Two-day workshops will be held in Euroa and Nagambie where participants will learn the skills to produce, write, direct, shoot and edit a film made on a mobile phone, while creating their first digital story.

Remote mentoring support will be available for three months after the workshops as participants produce their own original film. There will be an opportunity to showcase their film at a local event or online.

The free seniors’ filmmaking workshops will be held from 9am to 4pm on the following dates:

• Workshop 1 – Euroa: Monday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 9.

• Workshop 2 – Nagambie: Tuesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 10.

Venue details will be sent after registration.

Register for the free workshops at www.smartphonestories.com/register.

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