A participatory video storytelling program for 20 young video makers from Matara district was organized by SDJF in partnership with Prathiba Media Network. The first training of this program was held from 9th to 11th January 2015 at the Rural Development and Management Training Centre, Dickwella in which the youth were given the knowledge on community video storytelling concept.
The second training workshop for the youth was held from 29th to 31st of January 2015 at Sri Lanka Unites Reconciliation Centre, Kamburupitiya. The training was conducted by Ruwan Bogamuwa and Ahmed Usama; two well known Senior Producers in Sri Lanka.
During the first day of the training the youth were given the knowledge on basic shots, angles and lighting for video production. They were engaged in practical sessions to practice these techniques and were given group exercises to explore their technical skills in order to produce community videos.
On the second day of the training the youth were divided in to four groups and were sent on a field visit to engage themselves in doing a video on a community issue. These community issues were brought up by the youth themselves by doing research after the first training. Field visits were done in areas like Karaputugala, Mirissa, Madiha and Kamburupitiya.
The final day of the training was used to edit the community videos. Youth acknowledged that they were able to gain a sound knowledge about the technical component of video storytelling and also the field visit was a very big turning point in their life as they were able to work along with the communities to present their stories through a mechanism like video storytelling.
The final training of this program will be held from 20th to 22nd of February in which 10 community videos will be finalized by the young video lovers.