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This week NewVIc Performing Arts students have been working on a social media project with facilitator and former Rising Star Vlogstar Challenge winner Justyn Hollett, exploring how to shoot, edit and produce their own vlogs. This unique training and competition is run by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust. The Vlogstar Challenge is also working in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard.
The Vlogstar Challenge seeks to inspire and establish a new generation of media influencers from across London and Essex. Now in its fourth year, this unique training initiative and competition gives 16-25 year olds the relevant technical and creative skills they need to create their own vlogs, develop their voice and share their passions with new audiences. As well as learning the technical skills needed to produce impactful content, NewVIc students were also given the opportunity to discover and articulate what is important to them, in an engaging and positive way that gets noticed.
In the workshop students showcased the vlogs they produced in small groups to Justyn and other NewVIc staff and got feedback on their productions. All of the students that have taken part in the workshop will be invited to submit their best vlogs to the 2019 Vlogstar Challenge. Students watched Justyn's winning vlog from 2016 titled ‘I am bravescar',about his personal journey of suffering from third degree burns and scarring.
Student vlogger Devayne added:
"I really enjoyed today's sessions and the ideas and stories shared by Justyn. I was really inspired with his vlog and his journey and have taken on board all the feedback given on our productions. We learnt all about the key aspects of creating vlogs, from framing and recording to what is best trending. I liked the challenge Justyn set us, we had to come up with vlog ideas, shoot and edit with our mobile phones and present the vlog in a short space of time. I will definitely enter the Vlogstar Challenge 2019, watch this space!"
Level 3 Performing and Production Arts and Music Technology Year 2 student
"This is a great opportunity for young students to get involved in this competition and have a chance to become the next big vlogstar! We support their passions and creativity, help with learning new skills and develop young people's voices across social media. It is so much fun, it will open doors and you can get so much out of this. I look forward to seeing NewVIc students and their productions in the competition and hopefully in the finals at YouTube and Google Head Quarters."
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