young people


Youth Choice, Youth Voice

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Tomorrow’s Directors

Earlier this week, I helped run a two-day film and animation workshop for young people.    It was part of my son’s winning bid for the Youth Choice, Youth Voice programme from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. He wanted to run such a workshop where he and his friends could decide the contents and the structure with some guidance from adults. And that’s precisely what he got.

Tomorrow’s Animators

Back in August, I planned a little meeting with my son and my good friend Lucy Lee who’s also a talented animator to plan the workshop. He dictated what he wanted out of it and how he wanted to run it. And for our part, we suggested ways it can be improved upon. He jotted his plans down in a blog here. We then got in touch with Resource Productions who are experts in training young people to give the whole programme branding and promotion. They readily got involved and after finalising such detail as venue and date, we began spreading the word.

The response was sadly as not as resounding as I would have liked it. However, those 20151027_112604that signed up to the workshop were keen participants. So over the Monday and Tuesday of October half-term week, we made two live-action music videos and the three stop-motion animation videos. I could tell you just how great it was but I’d rather leave you with a testimonial from a parent whose son attended the workshop.

“This is a testimonial for Tomorrow’s Directors. My Son attended the workshop with Abhi and Lucy yesterday and Monday and he had a really terrific time. So much so that at the end of it Robert asked Abhi whether they were going to be doing any more workshops. As a Parent I was very impressed by all of the final films and was impressed that Abhi and Lucy soon identified all of Robert’s strengths and harnessed and utilised them to make the film really terrific.

But the best bit of all for me was Robert’s reactions when I asked him how his first day had gone. Sometimes the reactions of Trainee Teenagers can be lukewarm at best but he just said one word ‘Great’ and then proceeded to give me a blow by blow account of what had happened. Then, yesterday when I collected him, he couldn’t wait to show me what they had done. Abhi was very complimentary about his involvement but I think that Abhi and Lucy have to take the credit for drawing his skills out of him. I would recommend Tomorrow’s Directors to anyone interested in any aspect of film making and would really appreciate it if you could advise us about any future workshops that are in a similar vein – especially if they are being run during school holidays. Thank you again.”

We are planning on running more such workshops. So if you are interested in them, then drop me a line at abhi @lifesizevideos. com

From Maidenhead Advertiser, 29th of October 2015

Meanwhile, watch this space for the videos that were created at the workshop.


Eager Beaver

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BeaversThere are few occasions when I feel more energised than the times I spend in the company of children and young people. I often help out at our Scout group which my children attend. I am also the Secretary of their Managing Committee.

I am lucky to freelance with an organisation where I run workshops for young people. And being part of the community as a volunteer gives me an opportunity to interact with children and learn from their unbridled enthusiasm and abundant curiosity in a manner that can never be rivalled.

For instance, last night our Beaver colony went for a stroll along the river Thames which ended with them running ragged in a play area and tucking into a small portion of chips each. The questions and conversations that I was privy on our walks would leave the best minds in the world buzzing. I was told stories of wizards, taught to spot dogwood leaves and informed of pets that had not died but had gone to live with relatives in far away places.

And for my part, I helped the Beavers hang from too-high playground equipment, push their swings while they bit into chips and topped up their drinks when they were thirsty.

So if you are feeling ragged around the edges, I suggest you spend a little time in the company of some children and young people. Their joyous energies have a funny way of being contagious.