Film & Television Graduate Lecturer Adrian Holmes led a team of FTV students and alumni for two, week-long workshops over a two year period that taught the fundamentals of filmmaking and visual storytelling. Indigenous artists and arts are often interdisciplinary by nature and therefore visual storytelling in a digital medium – which by its very nature is collaborative and interdisciplinary – is a dynamic conduit with which to communicate distinctive stories from under-represented communities.
Students acted as team leaders for groups formed through the workshops, acting as Directorial and Technical advisors for the group’s collective and individual creative works. Student filmmakers facilitated the creation of Indigenous stories and voice from inception to realisation, honing the stories into a common text (script) and giving expert advice and technical know-how in realising the script into a film.
The workshops were designed to instruct young storytellers in a technical medium, foster a visual literacy, and to inspire in students the possibilities of the craft and the potential pathways – both academic and professional – that they can pursue. These unique stories were shared with the community, reflecting the sort of experiences, attitudes and ideas that resonate in regional Indigenous youth culture.
Local Host Organisation: Portland Performing Arts Centre, Windamarra Aboriginal Co-op (Heywood) & Robinvale Secondary College
Communities Engaged: Portland, Heywood, Halls Gap and Robinvale
Alumni Artist/s: Kate Rogers, Tymon Langford, Jayden Stevens, Dylan Corbett, Jessica Kneip
Dates: Yr 1: April – June 2014 & Yr 2: March – April 2015
A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.