FilmG’s High Schools Training Programme has kicked off once more, with secondary schools all over Scotland taking part. They are each offered two days’ support from the team of FilmG tutors, one day’s filming with a professional filmmaker and actor, and a second day to edit their footage under the guidance of a professional.
It’s an exciting learning experience for many pupils. Gairloch, Bishopbriggs, Wallace, Calderglen, Millburn and Islay are some of the schools that have completed their films thus far with 20 more still to take part between now and the deadline of the 10th of December!
One pupil, Elissa Hunter-Dorans, a learner from Millburn Academy in Inverness, wrote this following the workshop experience;
“This term, seven of us have been working on a Gaelic short film for the annual FilmG competition. This week our ideas came to life with support from Mrs Campbell, Alasdair MacLean, Debbie MacKay, and Mr Smith. Alasdair and Debbie joined us to provide guidance in various elements of filmmaking, for instance, camera work, drama, and sound.
On the first day, we went out for a full day of filming. Alasdair helped us with the camerawork and the technical side of things and Debbie helped us with our Gaelic and our acting. On the second day, we edited the film under Alasdair’s expert guidance.
We are so grateful to Mrs Campbell for encouraging us, to Alasdair and Debbie for their support, and to FilmG for providing opportunities like this for young people in Scotland – learners as well as fluent speakers. We loved the experience and we learnt lots of Gaelic listening to Alasdair and Debbie chatting, as well as through watching entries by other young people.
FilmG is a wonderful project that keeps Gaelic alive in a digital age where it could be so easy to lose sight of our heritage.”
If you’re a teenager interested in making a film of your own, remember there’s quite an incentive – our £500 award for the Best Young Filmmaker. There’s also a prize from primary schools and youth clubs for children of primary age.
For adults, we have a whole host of awards too, up to £2.5K!