Telling Stories

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Trish and Nicky, workshop runners extraordinaire, Sarah and Richard (two of CHO’s founders and workshop participants). This photo looks like an album cover I think!

IMHO*, CHO puts on good workshops – we’ve had some real beauties in our short life. The most recent has been a series of 2 workshops Called ‘Telling Neighbourhood Stories’ using interviewing skills and learning about simple film-making. They were run by two CHO members, Nicky (who has years of experience in radio and radio interviewing), and Trish (who has years of experience similarly in film making). It was great fun, and amazing to end up, after such a short time (two half-days), with four little films telling four of our stories.
We had around 15 people at the two workshops, some from a local history group, some from CHO, and with a good range of different ages and stages. In the first week, we learnt about interviewing and practised some listening to each other. We also started working on the filming, and formed into teams of three to work out a story to make during the second week’s session (yesterday). Each group had a story-teller, a camera person and an interviewer. We had four very different stories, one about an environmental issue at Port Willunga; one about the storyteller’s father, who was a local milkman many years ago; one about going to Christies Beach as a child; and one about dressing up in costumes to do health promotion work in the 1980’s and 90’s. People brought photos and props with them to illustrate their stories in week 2, and we got stuck into filming after a refresher about techniques and learning about story-boarding, which helped a lot with working out what we were doing.
It was all really enjoyable, and great to see the finished products at the end of the day. I just love working in the community. You end up doing things you never even thought of – like film-making. Hopefully we can carry on and make some of the stories of our neighbours and friends here. So many people have done such interesting things which remain invisible to other people – talking, listening, and then sharing the results through film,radio or in other ways would be really something.

*In My Humble Opinion

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Trish telling us about storyboarding on the whiteboard

(You can see the captions for these pictures if you run the cursor over the image…)

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