May 27th, 2020

All-girls film-making workshop to be held at college by GIFT

By GILLIAN SLADE on June 12, 2019.
A workshop for girls aged 14-18 interested in filmmaking will be presented by Girls In Film and Television from July 22-26 in Medicine Hat.

A film-making workshop for girls ages 14-18 will take place in Medicine Hat from July 22-26 at Medicine Hat College.

Girls In Film and Television (GIFT) has industry professionals teach participants to write, shoot and edit film.

“Anyone identifying as female or non-binary between the ages of 14 and 18 can register,” said Elise Graham, director of operations. “No previous experience necessary … it is all for beginners.”

The five-day workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and costs $295 per person.

“We offer two full subsidies to participants who identify as Indigenous or visible minority (still available) and partial subsidies to anyone who feels the cost of the program is a barrier,” said Graham.

Graham says the program is intense with each module being taught by a female industry professional.

On the first day the focus is on writing with an outline on the essence of a good film, the beats you need, character development and dialogue, said Graham. Participants are divided into small groups and by the end of the day will have written a script.

The second day is about the camera, audio, lighting, directing and production, and on the third day students are actually shooting a film, said Graham.

Day four is about editing and day five an opportunity to finish the project, leadership instruction and about women in the media. Graham says parents are also invited to come during that last day to see the finished films.

GIFT is a not-for-profit organization that trains and mentors girls who have an interest in film and television. Its mandate is to address gender disparity in the media.

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