Get Digital is a new creative digital project that started in November 2015. 16-19 years old who are not in work or education and who live within the Furness Area are currently accessing creative digital media training led by filmmaker, Karen Bird, and will lead to further opportunities in the new year.
The project will kicked off with a taster workshop in October. Young people tried out photography, filmmaking and sound with industry professionals. Some went on to sign up to the 5 weekly workshops which are currently running throughout November and December on Wednesday evenings.
The Get Digital workshops are an opportunity for the young people to create their own work using digital media as an alternative CV which will promote their skills on their own website/blog set up during the course. This creative web presence will be a positive presentation piece for potential employers or college admission tutors.
Led by filmmaker Karen Bird, the group have written a script and are currently making a short film to feature in their showreel. They will learn how to present their work in a professional and innovative way with sound and visual effects. There will also be the chance for them to work towards an arts award qualification with an in house advisor/mentor.
Parallel to Get Digital workshops is the BFI Film Academy and Get Digital participants will be able to access the master classes on the academy at different times to their workshops. The master classes include talks with producers and directors, film screenings with introductory talks and CV surgeries.
Check back in the new year to see the short film and to find out what the group are up to next. There will also be opportunity for new members to join the group so get in touch if you are or know somebody who is interested.