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EcoStories Film Camp

EcoStories is an exciting new camp, offered in collaboration with The Cinematheque, where youth ages 14-17 can explore their reciprocal relationship with nature and make a short film about it!  

Through a variety of nature-based activities, including weaving with plants, youth will learn from diverse knowledge holders about the natural world and the power of story-telling. Experts from The Cinematheque will coach and empower youth to convey these learnings and connections via a short film made on a smartphone.

This 2-week camp will run as a blended program from March 15 to March 26, 2021 involving both in-person and virtual activities for youth ages 14-17. This format will allow for social distancing while offering campers the opportunity to safely engage with camp leaders and fellow participants. Participants must be comfortable with self-direction for the nature activities, filming, and drop ins to the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s offices at the Dining Pavilion and Nature House, or else have guardians available to assist and supervise. A tentative daily schedule can be found at the bottom of this page.

Participants are welcome to use their own phones/laptops, but will have access to smartphones for filming, basic film equipment, and laptops for editing their work. They will be able to sign out all equipment to use for their filmmaking process.

EcoStories Film Camp: Members $430, Non-members $470

To pre-register, click here. Participants will be informed mid to late January if they have a spot.

*To inquire about available bursaries for Indigenous youth please email publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca

If emailing to apply for bursary, please include your answer to this question: Tell us a little bit about yourself while including some of the following questions in a paragraph or two on why you hope to attend this camp.  

  • Do you feel you have a relationship with the natural world in which you live? If so, how so? If not, why do you think not? 
  • Do you have a story or message that you hope this camp can help come to life? (totally okay of not – we’re in this to both develop and tell stories). If so, can you tell us a little bit about that story? If not, what do you hope to get out of this camp? 

EcoStories Daily Activities Outline (Tentative)

Day 1 – Monday, March 15 – “Setting the Stage Day” – Meet at Stanley Park Pavilion – 9am-4pm

Group meets outside in Stanley Park and get acquainted with each other, learn about storytelling and equipment, and settle into the concept for the two weeks. We will also be signing out needed equipment for filming. 

Day 2 and 3 – Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17 – “Building Our Skills” – One day will be virtual and solo explorations and the other will be at Stanley Park – 9am-4pm

Over these two days we will meet to harvest invasive plants and start learning to weave with them! We’ll also be taught some film skills and then have to go out into a park to do a “video and picture scavenger hunt” and a reflective activity. We’ll also hear about Coast Salish perspectives on the how story can help connect us to the land and even do some restoration work in Stanley Park. We’ll end each day with a 3pm sharing circle.

Day 4 – Thursday, March 18 – “Storyboards Concepts” – Virtual Day – 9am-4pm

Today we meet virtually to talk about storyboard concepts, and you will develop and propose your film concept with Cinematheque facilitators.  

Day 5 – Friday, March 19 – “Weaving things together” – Meet at Stanley Park Pavilion + Solo Exploration – 9am-4pm (this may be virtual + solo exploration) 

Today we actually weave with invasive plants and start filming our videos. 

Day 6 and 7 – Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21 – Get out there on the weekend and do some filming! (optional independent filming days)

Day 8 and 9 – Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23 – “Building your story” – Mix of solo exploration and scheduled time with educators in small group (virtual or in person) – 9am-4pm

Today is mostly a film day, with a scheduled check in with Cinematheque and SPES educators to share your story concept and progress thus far and get some feedback! This could be done virtually or in person at the Stanley Park Pavilion. 

Day 10 and 11 – Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25 – “Shaping your Story” – Mix of solo exploration and scheduled time with educators in small group (virtual or in person) – 9am-4pm

These two days will be a mix of filming and editing, with an option for scheduled support from Cinematheque on editing and SPES educators for flushing out concepts and an ability to sign out additional editing equipment. This could be done virtually or in person at the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Day 12 – Friday, March 26 – “Sharing your Story” – Mix of solo exploration and later meet up – 9am-4pm

Viewing party to be announced!