Music Video Production Technical Training (PACMAS IF project)
The second technical training for Nesar Studio explored Music Video Production and was a great experience and skill building exercise for all! There were several trainers for this workshop, as we had identified diverse expertise with differing perspectives and knowledge in Music Video Production. Groovy Banana, a well known Port Vila-based media duo from France, lead the training, with collaboration from Matthew Hardwick (ex-Peace Corps), Sam Obed (local production professional) and our Peace Corps IT volunteer, Tim Martin.
The course began with a tour through history as Groovy Banana took the participants on a trip though time. From Elvis to Eminem, the participants could see how music videos have progressed through the centuries. This concept was further reinforced, as Matthew had the participants view and analyze a series of music videos for their various qualities in light, speed, rhythm and overall feel.
At night the participants, armed with new knowledge and skills, were transported to Fest’Napuan, an annual music festival held in Port Vila. The participants were asked to take many ‘cut-aways’ of festival patrons enjoying food and kava, as well as shots of the artists themselves performing. Once back at the studio the participants were instructed to compile all the shots taken at the festival together into music videos that included multiple camera angles, a separate high-definition audio track, and animated titles.
The participants were really active and engaged in the technical training, and responded positively to the change of trainers and locations. Many mentioned that they learnt plenty of new things that they didn’t know before, especially in the editing stages of a video or clip. Some were also challenged by the field trip to Fest’Napuan because of the huge crowd of people, while others felt ‘afraid’ to film other people.
One of the main problems of the training that participants wrote about in their evaluations was that the workshop was too short, and there were not enough computers to use to edit. This demonstrates the issue we face of shortage of equipment. When it comes to editing videos, we really need more computers for people to work on this individually or with a partner.
Journalism Course (PACMAS IF project)
The journalism course was lead by local expert news reporter and journalist, Heather Maraki. Heather worked closely with Nesar Studio Coordinator, Roselyn, and intern, Tou, to plan and run the course over three days. Over 23 participants eagerly registered in the days leading up to the course, however, only 12 participants attended.
Heather and her colleague, Allan Simeon, introduced journalism and news to participants and shared their experiences of working in the newsroom, emphasizing it as a high-pressure environment! The participants learnt about what it takes to be a journalist, which often means sacrificing their own time and resources to get a good story for broadcast or publishing. Heather led them through an activity in which they practiced their news presentation skills in front of a camera. This was a challenging exercise for many who had never read news aloud, and those who have never had a camera recording them. It was also a useful exercise to help people reflect on how they present and how they might improve their presenting style.
The major highlight of the course was a pre-arranged visit to the Vanuatu Broadcasting Television Corporation’s newsroom to show course participants the reality of the work. This was an illuminating experience for them to see what it’s all about. Many commented that it takes a lot of precision as well as dedication to the job, as sometimes one has to work late at night to finalise a story.
The participants were really appreciative of Heather’s lessons and the course as a whole. It was clear that more time was needed, and we had only grazed the surface of the huge and diverse field of journalism. Nesar Studio plans to hold another journalism course next year to go more into depth on the topics discussed.munity Multi-Media Open Access Studio and Media Library Facility
This project funded by the PACMAS Innovation Fund, will stimulate urban and peri-urban development through the provision of ICT, multi media and library services, and foster self-driven development of digital artwork and local media productions out of Nesar Studio in Port Vila (a community used and locally managed artistic hub) housed by Further Arts. This project aims to raise awareness of both official and unofficial documentations of history, culture, festivals and events as well as stories by and for ni-Vanuatu youth. It aims to dispel the myth that media is a one-way process (received only), but in fact a means to maximise the potential of medium and message, contact and content, communication and information. This fits in to the context that Further Arts empowers ni-Vanuatu to develop long-term social and commercial enterprises in the industries of creative arts, agriculture and communications that are culturally, socially, environmentally and financially sustainable.
The project will see more youth actively using and creating media content in Vanuatu, and the impact of such a change will hopefully improve the coverage of youth issues, understandings of gender inequities, unemployment, disability, culture and kastom in Vanuatu and the region.
Development of the media library will be ongoing (every phase of project) and resources will need to be procured from international and local network including VKS.
Production internships will be offered monthly over the course of the entire project (every phase) and will be guided by a firm partnership with youth challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.
Technical training will be offered in two phases (Month 6 and Month 12) for a 2-week intensive with expert local practitioners.
Short Courses in 6 main disciplines will be offered quarterly: Basic Filming, Basic Editing, Research and Development, Social media & Communications, Audio storytelling and Photographic documentation (Month 2, 5, 8, 11).
Read more about the project activities