The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) and the Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN) are presenting a series of film-making workshops for youth.

For the past nine years RCAC has been providing youth film programming, hosting workshops and presenting the West Kootenay U19 Film Festival each spring. “This year, in response to youth feedback, we are putting more focus on education and skill development,” says Tara Kowalchuk, RCAC Executive Administrator. That focus is being realized in a series of workshops, each teaching a different aspect of film making. Each workshop will provide youth with a wonderful opportunity to learn from a professional.

The first workshop will be Claymation with Shelley Painter, taking place April 9 from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Shelley will teach all the skills needed to make great Claymation films: storyline, set up, building characters, and how to turn stills into a motion picture. These skills can also apply to films using Lego and action figures.

Next up will be a Special Effects Make-up Workshop facilitated by Carolyn Ferraro. Ferraro has a diploma in Make-Up Design for Film and TV from Vancouver film school. She has worked on numerous sets in Vancouver. This will be a two-day workshop on the afternoons of April 16 and 17. Day one will focus on creating cuts and bruises and day two will be about prosthetic appliance application (the gory stuff).

The final workshop in the series will be on April 23 from 1:00pm-5:00pm, a Directing Workshop facilitated by Jason Aspell. Aspell graduated from the SFU film program, he manages and programs for the Civic Theatre in Nelson. He is also a lead instructor for the “Senior Director’s Seat” summer film camp in Nelson. Participants will learn tools for taking charge of film projects and skills to take written scenes to the screen, including breaking down shots and blocking for actors.

In addition to these workshops, RCAC and YAN will also be hosting weekly film-making drop-in nights. There will be no set curriculum for these evenings, youth can work on their films and get input and guidance from adult facilitators. They will have a chance to ask questions specific to each of their films.

The culmination of the programming will be a film showcase on May 5. The showcase will be part of a Youth Variety Show/Awards Night occurring during Rossland Youth Week. “We are so glad we were able to accommodate the youth’s requests in this way,” says Kowalchuk. “It is great to be able to update our format, and still, continue to provide the quality programming RCAC is known for.”

All the workshops require pre-registration and have limited spaces available. Registration can be done at www.u19filmfest.com. The workshops and drop-in sessions will take place at the YAN Space, 2076 Columbia Ave. in Rossland.