Creativity of Centralian VAMPtv celebrated

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Stuart Liddell is the Alice Springs-based video content producer for Video, Art, Music, Production television (VAMPtv).

VAMPtv is the 10-year-old multimedia project of NT Music School operating in regional and remote Territory schools since 2011.

Mr Liddell said COVID-19 induced travel restrictions did influence submissions from schools, and how they were presented.

“We received plenty of virus-related videos about washing hands and staying safe,” he said. “Haasts Bluff School shot and edited a video with the entire school about washing hands and social distancing.

“Harts Range School made a video called B-B-B Bye Corona, and Ltyentye Apurte CEC (Santa Teresa) made a brilliant educational coronavirus video that turns into a rampant zombie movie!

“And to defer large gatherings at The Beat Festival, the Territory’s combined schools’ dance, music and light spectacular, was broadcast as 12 YouTube music videos featuring more than 1000 students.”

Increasingly, schools employ technology to enhance their creativity and their capacity to tell stories, while VAMPtv continues to expose new talent and genre interpretations.

“At Owen Springs School we filmed the students’ hip hop influenced song, The Struggle, which deals with the realities of incarceration,” he said.

“And at Yirara College we recorded their web-based news program, which builds production and English as a Second Language skills.

“We believe video is a popular and accessible communication tool. We are now syndicating content to YouTube, and aspire to better use Facebook and YouTube as platforms for VAMPtv content.”

Mr Liddell said students are increasingly aware of careers in the media, in music and acting.

“Feature films like High Ground, and acts like Aboriginal music duo Electric Fields, are tremendously successful beyond the Territory,” he said.

“Young people are aware that being out in the bush isn’t a restriction to advancing towards arts careers.”

Stuart Liddell

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