Recent controversies and budget worries aren’t keeping the WNC Media Center from holding its annual Youth Video Camp. There’s still a few open spots for the program, which runs July 19—22 and offers campers the opportunity to work as a group to write, shoot and edit a short film.
Media Center Operations Manager Jonathon Czarny touts the program as an example of the center’s unique niche in the community.
“There’s a lot of places where kids can go canoeing or hiking or do Outward Bound kind of stuff, but there’s not really anywhere else they can be exposed to production techniques and have access to our type of facilities,” he says. “It’s part of our design to reach all sorts of populations in our community, whether it’s underprivileged or underserved children, or seniors.”
In years past, the camp has been one of the center’s most popular offerings, with all the sessions filled since they started the program three years ago. This year, however, unlike years past, the center wasn’t able to secure outside funding for scholarships, which Czarny thinks could explain the remaining open spots.
“We don’t have the means to provide scholarships this year; otherwise I think we’d already be filled up,” he says. “I think everyone’s been hit by the economy this year so things aren’t as available as they usually are.”
Czarny also adds that the Youth Camp typically serves as an income generator for the station.
Registration is $250 and includes a free Yearly Producer Fee. The program is for children ages 9-16. For more information and registration, go to: http://wnccmc.org/youth-video-camp/
Here’s a short documentary of the program produced by the media center: