headspace, Elizabeth, SA, July 2012
As part of our A Penny For Your Thoughts initiative, Tallstoreez’ Change Media worked with up 15 youth participants, during a hands-on 2-day workshop at the Northern Sound System. Participants include staff from the Adelaide Northern headspace office in Edinburgh North, Youth Advisory Council members and young people dealing with social problems and mental health issues. The aim was to engage with the Change Media co-creative production and training methodology, including a basic intro to equipment and digital media narratives and how to create relevant digital media art works to raise awareness for mental health for young people.
PARTNERS: Australia Council for the Arts Creative Community Partnership Initiative; headspace Northern Suburbs; Northern Sound System Elizabeth; OurCommunity; Tallstoreez Productionz
headspace media training
All participants trained hands-on in no-nonsense video techniques, including HD camera and sound work on Day 1, a strong focus on recording interviews on Day 2 and how to build engaging narratives, create video messages and artistic documentations.
On the second day the group reviewed their footage and discussed improvements and changes for their second attempt at interviewing and developing story structures.
Topics included: interview techniques training and tips how to structure a story in 5 key points.
Special focus was given to cross-cultural process and equitable negotiations, the push for excellence as a political necessity especially in community youth arts. We demonstrated examples from our latest creative laboratories with Bell Shakespeare, Indigenous and refugee communities, to develop innovative strategies to craft messages and how to best use digital media for CACD work and social justice campaigns.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: Stay tuned for updates!
headspace arranged for a fabulous ‘World Premiere’ of the films in September 2012, as part of their mental health campaigns.
IMPACT & FEEDBACK:
The headspace national office was very impressed with the results and offered our team to produce the Elizabeth branch virtual tour video with their youth participants.
We are developing a scope for a larger partnership with Adelaide Northern headspace, to create viral campaign material for mental health strategies and overcoming domestic violence, abuse and other challenges often faced by young people.