It’s a new world that sees a video filmed, edited, produced and distributed by people with some related skills but no professional film-maker status.
But that’s what a group of staff and persons served from the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) undertook this past year. Together they created a video on rights and responsibilities. Staff from various departments and people the organization supports got involved.
It’s the start of a new effort that is both innovative and inclusive.
BACI senior manager of technology Lisa Joy Trick says the intent is build film-making capacity throughout the organization by creating brief videos as opportunities arise.
Developing BACI’s film-making capacity fits with the organization’s strategic direction, she says.
Making the videos strengthens the community’s creative abilities as a whole.
The video projects can also connect people in new ways, both within BACI and beyond.
Take BACI’s first video project as an example.
Ashley-Nicol Cox, who has some training in social media and video production, served as this first film’s editor.
“It was really great to see how included people were in the project,” she says, noting that for herself it proved a chance to try something new. She says the video project has since opened doors to other types of work within BACI that are more aligned with her training.
The effort can also help BACI connect with the broader arts and film-making community, says Lisa Joy.
BACI could someday be hosting the local film-making and arts community for an event, for example.
Lisa Joy says she’s also hoping BACI’s film-making abilities grow so much that by the next time a Wide Angle Media event — a festival for film-makers who have a disability — takes place, they can contribute as well.
Creating videos that educate, inspire and raise awareness of BACI and its work also makes sense given the community BACI serves.
Video transcends different ways of processing information, language and understanding, Lisa Joy notes.
Learning through videos can also be more fun, engaging and interesting than attending classes, for instance.
And making the videos appears to have the potential to be energizing as well.
This was certainly the case with the first project, according to a number of people who got involved, including Jim Fenton, a BACI support worker who filmed the project.
“It was a really fun project. Everyone had a great time,” he says.
Local artists and film-makers interested to learn more about BACI’s plans for engaging the broader arts community can contact Lisa Joy at lisajoy.trick(at)gobaci.com.
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