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Local and national experts to lead the Get Reel Youth Film Workshop

By Nicole Fitzgerald

Three of Whistler’s most talented filmmakers help build reel talent of tomorrow at the Whistler Film Festival Society’s Get Reel Youth Film Workshop July 3 to 8 in Whistler.

Instructors will lead children between the ages of 13 and 18 years old from storyboarding to editing in creating a short documentary style film looking at how global warming is affecting the Whistler glacier.

Locals Ethan Miller and Feet Banks will lead the project, along with new-to-town Laura James.

Miller is the senior editor and creative director for Whistler’s Resort TV. Banks is a Whistler Stories filmmaker, Filmmaker Showdown finalist and founder of the B Grade Horror Fest.

James, originally from Toronto, launched the network Treehouse TV and was the creative force behind Spy Academy . She also recently directed episodes from Knowledge Network’s Wild at Heart . She is now the senior producer of The Express   at Shaw TV Whistler.

Along with industry professionals, the workshop will give youth access to professional equipment over the six-day, practical-hands-on workshop. Students will learn about camera operation, lighting scenes, recording sound, setting up a shot and working with performers. Youth will switch hats as director, production manager, camera operator, sound recorder and editor.

The final product will premiere at the 2007 Whistler Film Festival as part of its Youth Outreach Program, which is sponsored by the Dave Murray Summer Ski and Snowboard Camp.

The workshop is $129 per student.

The registration deadline is Monday, June 25. Space is limited. Call 604-938-3204 to register.


Climbing into the music seat

Squamish outdoorsman Perry Beckham takes a break from climbing to rope up with friends for an evening of acoustic, bluegrass and folk favourites on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Brackendale Art Gallery (BAG).

All concert proceeds will benefit the Heart of Brackendale and the BFI Park Campaign. Tickets are $20.