Eight teenagers taking part in unique creative documentary

By Esther Hayden

Published 11/08/2015 | 00:00

From left (back) James O'Leary, Jean Kelly (Youth Worker), Therese Dalton (Filmmaker), Emily Daly, and Ilsa Flynn; front, Laura Bolger, Jane Visser, Sadie Morrissey, Matthew Visser.
From left (back) James O'Leary, Jean Kelly (Youth Worker), Therese Dalton (Filmmaker), Emily Daly, and Ilsa Flynn; front, Laura Bolger, Jane Visser, Sadie Morrissey, Matthew Visser.

A unique filmmaking project is currently under way in St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross.

Silent Screens, presented by County Wexford Youth Film Project, features eight teenagers from the south east, four with a hearing impairment and four teenagers without. A short creative documentary will be made by the participants during this inclusive project, exploring the theme of communication with and without sound, through video, the web and mobile devices.

The initial part of the project involves the teenagers working with local filmmaker Therese Dalton for eight days. During the first bloc of four days the participants will learn how to use professional filmmaking equipment (an HD video camera, boom and lapel microphones, lighting and postproduction equipment), and will also learn how to shoot, edit, subtitle and upload videos using smart phones, tablet computers and YouTube's online video editing software.

The group will also begin to develop their creative documentary by exploring areas of communication that the teenagers have in common - texting and instant messaging, posting on social media, creating and sharing videos etc. Ideas, images and video clips created during the development process will be uploaded to a Silent Screens Facebook page and the feedback received through the page will be fed back into the project.

The creative documentary will be finalised and shot during the second four-day workshop period. The creative process will be documented by the participants through video and still images on their mobile devices, and uploaded to the project's Facebook page as it progresses.

In August, the participants will be encouraged to make their own short films in response to the creative process they have been through as a group. They will be able to achieve this using their mobile devices and the skills acquired during the training element of the project.

At the end of September, the YouTube Channel created for the Silent Screens Project will be launched in the bistro of St. Michael's Theatre. The channel will host the main creative documentary made by the group, films contributed by individual participants, behind the scenes video clips and project feedback videos shot by the participants.

The creative documentary will also be screened during Wexford Widescreen Youth Film Festival 2016 in New Ross and submitted to national and international youth film festivals.

For more information about County Wexford Youth Film Project visit facebook.com/WexfordYouthFilm. The Silent Screens Facebook page, where people can submit feedback to the project is www.facebook.com/SilentScreens.

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