Last night I gave a talk to members of Cleethorpes Camera Club’s video section about my career as a video journalist and lecturer of media.
The average age must have been 60ish and I was extolling the virtues of social media and how it was a great way to engage with people globally. The club has its own youtube channel, but has not posted many items on it. Apart from friends, family and the club’s own in-house competitions; their material never gets a public viewing.
I asked them why they made films if people – an audience – were not going to engage with them. Ok, so they enjoy making films – travelogues, news items – and it is a hobby for these people, but surely you want others to see your work then for it to fester away somewhere.
And that is where social media can be used. I was encouraging them to use Twitter and get a Facebook page, as a means of sharing their hard labours with a greater audience. They said some of the their films were ten minutes – I suggested they repackage them in to bite size chunks.
The members had plenty of questions to ask about the kit I used (Sony Z1 and Final Cut Pro) and the types of stories I’ve covered and how I’ve treated them. They also wanted to know about legalities and ethics of filming and how I got consents. They were a great audience and enthusiastic to learn more.
However, the club is in jeopardy and needs funding to keep going. It seems not many young people want to join clubs now. They’re probably happiest sat at times playing with the cameras and edit suites – if they do that at all. If you can help the club then please get in touch with them – see the link below to their website.