ARTS AND CULTURE

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With our Arts and Culture Subcommittee, we've brought to our youth 'Explore Your Creativity, Expand Your Digital Skills' workshops! Here, we've partnered with the Scarborough Museum (City of Toronto), Toronto Public Library, and the Film Stars Project, to walk youth through the exciting process of creating a movie! 

Please check out this PDF for instructions and support in accessing and registering for workshops 3 and 4 (Film Shooting and Film Editing).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (fAQ)

 

RESEARCH

Is Wikipedia a good place to start?

Yes, it can be BUT be mindful when using it. If you are brand new to a topic and are looking for an overview it can be a great place to start. You can find a list of movies a particular director made, or as a jumping off points to find key words, dates, or people related to your topic. You can also uses the sources at the bottom of a page to find links to articles and books with more information. They key thing to remember with Wikipedia is that you will want to fact check what you have read on the site, so any information you want to use should have a second source. This is good practice for all research!

 

How do I fact check?

Always check your information using at least two different credible sources. You will also you want to look at where the sources are coming from and what biases may exist. A source from a place like CBC is easier to check then something you read under a post on Instagram. Keep in mind that almost all sources carry some sort of bias and if you are unsure, it never hurts to find a third or fourth source.   

What is a primary source?

A primary source are sources directly from the time period and event you are researching. These are first-hand accounts from someone who was there or saw it happen This includes diaries, letters, newspaper articles recounting an event, birth certificates, marriage or death certificates, school attendance or graduation records. Objects, photos and buildings can also be primary sources!

Where do I find stuff?

Below is a list of places that should help you get started!

 

Resources:

FILM SHOOTING

What can I expect to learn from this workshop? 

Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the video production process and all the things you need to think about as a director, such as camera settings, composition and lighting, audio, and how to plan your shoot. 

 

What is the difference between a DSLR and smartphone camera? 

The biggest difference is that a DSLR is a dedicated camera with native manual settings and uses high-quality interchangeable lenses making it easier to get that “cinematic” look. Smartphones generally don’t have the ability to adjust the settings manually or use interchangeable lenses. However, there are apps and attachments that can be used to work around this. 

 

What is better for shooting movies, iPhone or Android? 

Both have high quality video capabilities, and both have their pros and cons. Some Android phones have the ability to manually adjust the video camera settings where iPhones don’t. However, there are more apps available for iPhone than there are Android. But both will allow you to make a beautiful looking video project :D 

 

Do I need a big budget to make a high-quality video project? 

Absolutely not! In fact, the main purpose of this workshop is to show you how easy it is to make a professional quality video project with little more than a smartphone. 

 

I keep hearing about 4K. Do I have to shoot in 4K for my video to be considered “good”? 

Not at all! Although 4K has become the professional standard and has its advantages, the truth is most consumer devices and products don’t even have the ability to play videos in 4K. 1080p is still the benchmark standard for video. 

 

Where can I learn more? 

With a Toronto Public Library card, you can have access to tons of free online courses, books and e-books on filmmaking such as:

- LinkedIn Learning: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0187&R=EDB0187

- O’Reilly Learning: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0099&R=EDB0099 

Don’t have a physical library card? Register for a Digital Access Card to get immediate access to Toronto Public Library’s digital resources and services. To learn more, visit tpl.ca/register

FILM EDITING

What can I expect to learn from this workshop? 

Participants will gain an understanding of the tools used in professional video editing software and will be taught basic video editing techniques. 

 

What is DaVinci Resolve? 

A free and powerful tool for editing, color grading and audio mixing.  

 

What is the difference between DaVinci Resolve and other editing software like Adobe Premiere, iMovie or Final Cut? 

Premiere is a paid software that is compatible with Windows and MacOS. iMovie is a “free” software that is compatible with MacOS and iOS and is included with the purchase of an Apple device. Final Cut is a paid software that is compatible with MacOS. DaVinci Resolve is a free software that is compatible with Linux, Windows and MacOS. 

 

Are certain computers better for film editing? 

You can edit film on any computer you have, even a Chromebook, but there are definitely computers that will handle video content better and will make your experience a lot smoother. For basic editing you will simply want a computer with a decent amount (8GB minimum) of memory to handle playing back clips with all the edits you will be adding to your timelines. Once you start getting into multicamera setups, adding special effects, and other heavier editing tasks, you will want to invest in a decent CPU and GPU in order to handle heavier effects and speed up video render times. 

 

Where can I learn more? 

With a Toronto Public Library card, you can have access to tons of free online courses, books and e-books on filmmaking such as:

- LinkedIn Learning: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0187&R=EDB0187

- O’Reilly Learning: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0099&R=EDB0099 

Don’t have a physical library card? Register for a Digital Access Card to get immediate access to Toronto Public Library’s digital resources and services. To learn more, visit tpl.ca/register

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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With our Health and Wellness Subcommittee, we've brought to our youth 'Roses and Thorns: Bodies, Mindfulness, and Identities' workshops! Here, we partnered with Bad Subject and Black-CAP to discuss with youth topics including healthy relationships, consent, self-esteem and self-worth, and sexual health!

We also had a Part 2 to the 'Roses and Thorns' series, where we partnered with Planned Parenthood Toronto, to discuss mindfulness-based wellbeing with youth!

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EMPLOYMENT AND MENTORSHIP

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With our Employment and Mentorship Subcommittee, we brought to our youth 'Career Tales' workshops! Here, we partnered with JobStart, Tropicana Community Services, and the City of Toronto, to discuss with youth how to search for jobs, about resume writing and interviews, and also presented to them some job opportunities with the City of Toronto!

VOLUNTEERING AND LEADERSHIP

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With our Volunteering and Leadership Subcommittee, we brought to our youth 'Rising Up: Youth Taking the Lead' workshops! Here, we partnered with the Toronto Public Library, East Scarborough Storefront, Jean Augustine, Licensed2Learn, IDRF, Scarborough Women's Centre, Catholic Crosscultural Services, and Midaynta Community Services, to present to youth various volunteer and leadership opportunities from the various organizations!