Saturday, 10 June 2017

Film-making Workshop using the outdoors

Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig's Camp Avalon 15

Birdigirl Mya-Rose Craig filming for BBC4

I have organised with Black2Nature, in partnership with BBC Natural History Unit, Icon Films and young film-maker Paul Collins an exciting film-making workshop with the focus on group work and outdoor filming. It is aimed at young people aged 11 years - 19 years with priority to those living in areas of deprivation or of a minority ethnic background. The event takes part at Eastville Park in inner city Bristol on 21st June 2017, 4.30 pm to 7.30pm.

BirdigirlMya-Rose Craig filming for BBC4

We will cover:

(1) Discussion: What makes a good story?
(2) Discussion: What is the story? - Subject, Setting, Behaviour 
(3) In Groups: What is the story? - choose a subject; a story with a beginning/middle/end; interesting behaviour.
(4) Discussion: Storyboarding - i.e. how to tell the story visually... Basics of composition; shot sizes (close-up v wide) and what these mean for the story.
(5) In Groups: Storyboarding - drawing a sequence; understanding what shots they need to get to tell the story; thinking about story structure.
Once each group has a storyboard, given instruction on how to use the camcorders and filming in groups.
Review of filming and instructions for home editing task.

All participants will receive a certificate for the workshop. It is hoped that the workshop will help young people from less affluent backgrounds to get started on a career in nature film-making as well as sparking and interest in the outdoors. Bristol makes 80% of the world's nature and wildlife films.

BirdigirlMya-Rose Craig filming for BBC4

About the Author

Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig in Antarctica
Photograph copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 15-year-old young British Bangladeshi birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

Mya-Rose was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer-songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people
She is an Ambassador for World Shorebirds Day, See It Her Way and a Charter Champion for The Charter for Woods, Trees and People. She organised a conference, Race Equality in Nature, in June 2016 aiming to increase the ethnic diversity in nature and plans to run her third Camp Avalon camp in 2017. She has also set up Black2Nature with the aim of working with organisations to increase the access to nature of Black Asian Minority Ethnic people. Please connect with her on LinkedIn (Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig) so that she can invite you to join the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group and be part of the change. She has been awarded the Bath and West Show Environmental Youth Award 2017 for Bristol for her Black2Nature work EYA 2017Please also like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter.


  1. Thanks for sharing this experience,I always prefer Canon Camcorders for outdoor video recording.

  2. Hi Mya, this is amazing work you are doing. So brilliant. Wishing you every success. From fellow young naturalist, Dara McAnulty

  3. Thanks Dara, hearing lovely things about you. Keep it up and maybe get to meet in Ireland sometime as my cousins live in Dublin.


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