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Great Fun at Eilean Dorcha Festival Workshops

Journalist and vlogger for BBC The Social, Calum MacLean, delivered drop-in workshops for FilmG in technical and front of camera skills at last weekend’s (29 – 30 July) Eilean Dorcha Festival in Benbecula.

CALUM FEELING CHILLY IN A RECENT WILD-SWIMMING VLOG

Festival-goers were given the opportunity to try out the key elements of vlogging which includes filming and presenting. Benbecula was an ideal place to promote FilmG 2017 and highlight some of the competition’s new prizes, with many creative people and Gaelic-speakers enjoying the festival.

CAPTURING SOME MUSIC WORKSHOPS ON FILM

Our project officer, Eilidh Rankin, spoke to a number of keen potential entrants at the festival: “It was great to meet so many talented young people at the festival, with many of them interested in particular in the Best Animation and Best Mobile Short awards in the youth category. We hope that seeing Calum in action will inspire them to go home and create their own vlogs or short animations for entry into this year’s competition.”

CALUM DONAN MACMILLAN AND NIALL MACMILLAN ENJOYING BEING IN FRONT OF CAMERA

There was no shortage of interest in the new Sports Commentary category either, with many teens coming to inquire about this after hearing from renowned Gaelic Sports Commentator, Derek ‘Pluto’ Murray, who was also MC at the Festival.  FilmG caught up with Derek between sound checks and he encouraged people to give it a go, listing the best elements of the job:

“I’d have to say that some of the best things about being a commentator are the opportunities you get and the places you get to visit… Sometimes, without expecting it, you’ll find yourself at sports grounds while hugely important sporting events are taking place!”

Winners of the Sports Commentary award will also have the chance to experience a day behind the scenes at a live BBC ALBA sports broadcast. Those keen to get involved only need to submit the best clip, up to two minutes in length, of their own commentary from a local game of football, shinty, rugby, tennis, a dance workshop, or even a sports day, to be in with a chance. 

This year's theme is Strì, which means to strive or endeavour and it is hoped that this will provide plenty inspiration.