Opportunity for Youth to Learn from the Pros

Youth 12-18 years old are invited to participate in a Ski Film Workshop instructed by Mark Shapiro. The workshop will be in two parts, a classroom session on Thursday, March 3 and on-snow filming on Saturday, March 5. The workshop, presented by Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) in partnership with the Rossland Youth Action Network (YAN), is part of RCAC’s U19 Film Programming.

Shapiro is hailed by Powder Magazine (picture) as the “Godfather” of freeride ski photography. He has been documenting the free-skiing movement since the 1970’s. “He was a pioneer, creating the standards for modern ski photography as it is today”

http://www.markshapirophotography.com/bio/. Shapiro has strong beliefs on what makes a good ski film, storyline is a must and go-pro footage does not do it for him. In the classroom portion of the workshop participants will learn the secrets to good ski films and have a chance to view examples.

The on snow portion of the workshop will take place at Red Mountain Resort. Participants will get the chance to work with freeride skiers and learn how to capture the best shots. They will spend some time getting footage around the mountain and some time shooting in the Terrain Park. This day is all about movie making. Participants do not have to be amazing skiers, they just have to have the desire to make films.

Cost of the workshop is $50, which includes lunch on Saturday. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry. There are only five spaces available, first come first serve, so sign up quickly! Registration can be done at www.u19filmfest.com

The Ski Film Workshop is the first in a series of workshops RCAC and YAN will be presenting this year. 2016 marks the 9th year RCAC has been running youth film programming. Traditionally the program has included one to two workshops a year followed by the West Kootenay U19 Film festival. “We wanted to try a slightly different format this year,” says Tara Kowalchuk, RCAC Executive Administrator. “We asked the youth in what direction they would like to see U19 go, and the response was they wanted more opportunities to learn and develop their skills.” RCAC listened, and this year will be presenting four film making workshops, followed by a film showcase at the Youth Variety Show on May 5.

The workshops, as requested by youth, will be:
• Ski Film Making (Mark Shapiro)- March 3 & 5
• Claymation (Shelley Painter)- April 9
• Special Effects Make-up (Carolyn Ferraro)- April 16 & 17
• Film Directing (Jason Aspell)- April 23

All workshops have limited availability. Pre-registration is required, and can be done at www.u19filmfest.com.

For more information contact:
Tara Kowalchuk
RCAC Executive Administrator