Film and youth projects

We came across a great primer on how to make film in youth projects recently. Developed by Tim Davies of The Open University, and published under a Creative Commons licence, so that you can copy and share it.

The guidelines offer some great insights into how you should structure your film, the kit you need, how to keep out of hot water by using images of people and some great links on wider resources.

Shared Practice Through Video

Devised for youth workers, the publication is also a great starting place for any community group who is interested in using film as a medium to evidence their impact or just to share good work.

We like film – because we can publish the evidence and good news on the Centre web site!

YouTube is a perfect medium for developing a community project film – you need to register for an account, of course. Not only can you upload your films in a variety of formats – and YouTube will automatically convert them – you can now use the services of TestTube and edit your films on-line too.

To improve access, you can add captions and subtitles with the YouTube caption editor.

With your Shared Practice publication above and a YouTube account you are ready to get that community production on-line – an event, a celebration, a fashion show…whatever you see.

Remember to always think before you publish and to follow the YouTube community guidelines every time.

Creative Choices?

The Creative Choices web site is a great way to dip into further learning about the subjects that you are passionate about.

The site has 100 free, short courses you can access. Every month the site offers access to modules, that do not even require the simple registration form to be completed.

This month Creative Choices have a module on Thinking Creatively: Developing your personal creativity.

Simple and effective, the short on-line pages help you think about yourself, problem solving and how what others have done to achieve their goals can help you.

Whether it’s starting a new business, getting involved in drama or art, whatever your passion – knowing more about yourself is a great way to get the best from new opportunities.

Give it a try – developed by The Open University for you.