Applications have now closed. A HUGE thank you to everyone who shared a story for our Young Storytellers Program. We’re excited to welcome Larissa, Lara, Chrystal, Jacqui, Caila, Garrett, Dimitri, Cameron, Naomi, Angela, Karen, Tess, Eliya, Tiffany, Proma, Nish, Morgan, Connor and Nicholas. Let the games begin!
YOUNG STORYTELLERS PROGRAM AND COMPETITION
What inspires you? The (re)Generation Project is calling on 15-25 year olds for your stories about the people and places that keep you connected. Personal connections with nature are powerful. They are essential to our health and mental well-being, and they encourage ties with the earth that we depend on. So, in this ever-increasing modern world, how do we inspire a new generation back to the bush?
The ten best story ideas will be given editorial and production training including digital storytelling workshops and a mentor to help you craft it into a powerful and impacting digital story. You will then have the opportunity to participate in a premier event and online campaign, to share it with NSW youth.
Build valuable skills, networks, share you work, win prizes and have a lot of fun in an opportunity to create a positive change for our planet.
Finding your story
Find someone who has a connection with the natural environment such as an Aboriginal elder, a farmer, a scuba diver, or an animal whisperer and share their story. Tell us why it is unique, how it will inspire young people to visit and value nature, and what medium you will use to share the story such as film or photography. It may be your own story and as long as it is based on true events, there is room to use your imagination.
Storytelling is a powerful way humans share values, knowledge and spread ways of acting. As a storyteller, you are providing the viewer with the material for them to form their own connection, rather than telling them what to do.
“Story is based on the 4 ‘Ps’: PEOPLE, PLACE, PLOT and PURPOSE. Lead with Plot and you have an action movie. Lead with Purpose and you have a commercial. But when you lead with People, we have the potential for an emotional, character-driven story.” (Stillmotion)
So when choosing your story, find a strong ‘character’ that will draw the viewer in, to see their uniqueness and create a connection.
Choosing your medium
You can tell your story through any medium such as film, radio, social media, creative writing, painting or photo book; however it is recommended you use film or digital media to make the most out of this opportunity. If your medium is not digital, the workshops will still help you develop your narrative into the most powerful story, and can assist in creating a video pitch around your idea, but there will be no assistance in the actual production of non-digital mediums.
Ten projects will be selected to join the project and will participate in the below. Please note dates are subject to change and will be confirmed in your briefing.
What’s in it for you?
How to apply
Complete the written application below by Sunday 6 September 2015.
You must be 15-25 years and living in NSW. Projects may apply as individuals or as a group of up to three members.