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Free workshops for young and old share the secrets of film and live streaming

Albert McKnight6 April 2021
Far South Film

Far South Film will present a free two-day youth workshop on Live Visual Effects for Streaming. Photo: Lis Shelley.

Age is no barrier when it comes to learning about film making or streaming with a number of free workshops being held on the Far South Coast.

In April, Far South Film will present two-day workshops on Film making for Seniors as well as Live Visual Effects for Streaming for younger people.

The youth workshop is a Youth Week event leading up to the 2021 Far South Film Festival in Merimbula in August and will be led by Isaac Lynnah.

It is open to participants aged 12–18 who are interested in learning more about interactive effects they can add to their Twitch, TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube streams.


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During this workshop participants will learn:

  • Fundamentals of live streaming.
  • How to create Instagram-style face filters using SparkAR.
  • How to create interactive visual effects with TouchDesigner.
  • How to create 3D characters.
  • How to capture video of your characters.
  • How to livestream/record an event using OBS.

At the end of the second day, a live performance will see the students use the techniques they have learned and the stream will be recorded and made available to students via private link.

Film making for Seniors

Far South Film will present a free two-day workshop on Film making for Seniors in Tathra this April. Photo: Lis Shelley.

The seniors workshop is a follow-up from last year’s successful Seniors Week Workshop and is also part of the lead-up program for the Far South Film Festival.

Seniors can learn how to plan, shoot and edit a film, using devices they are familiar with such as a mobile phone, notepad or digital SLR camera and laptop.

The first day is for first-time senior film makers who wish to create films/content using their own or provided devices.

The second day is for intermediate senior film makers who completed the workshop last year and for those who participated in day one this year. The second day will focus on the editing process, with individual tuition on putting their stories together.

“Digital storytelling has never been easier with the accessibility of smartphones and tablets,” Far South Film president Hiromi Matsuoka said.

“But having the technology does not always mean that seniors know how to make the best creative use of it.

“This is a shame because they have many great stories to share, be it an incident from their life, a truth they wish to impart, or an event they wish to capture.”


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For the youth workshop, which is at Funhouse Studio in Bega, the first day is on 16 April from 10 am to 3.30 pm and the second day is on 24 April from 10 am to 5 pm.

The senior’s workshop will be on 14-15 April from 10 am to 4 pm at the Tathra Uniting Church.

The workshops are free but bookings are essential. For more details and to book click here.

Both workshops are supported by the Bega Valley Shire Council Community Grants Program.

This year’s Far South Film Festival will be a hybrid event with live screenings in Merimbula on 20-22 August and online Australia-wide.

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