Positive Youth! Mikhail Gibbings - The Innovation Prize Winner of the Youth-IN VideoMix Competition This fun loving, charismatic 16 year Mikhail Gibbings is a lower 6th form student at Trinity College East in Trinidad & Tobago. He also plays music, mainly jazz and blues, primarily as a guitarist.
Here is his own description of the process of developing the winning video entitled “Finding Love”: “Before hearing about this competition I had never thought about, much less tried to make any type of film. After coming up with a few ideas, I talked to my good friend Sy-Han Wu who is a brilliant visual artist who is featured throughout the video drawing various things including the chalk butterfly and rose as well as the writing in the 1st scene with the hands. The hands were those of another of my good friends, Kristian Ali, who also helped me and Sy-Han in a scene that involved drawing, over 100 times, an incredibly detailed crying eye which was eventually cut from the final video. Both of these friends helped make this video possible under some hard conditions. In addition to keeping everything from being a job during the process, given the stressful nature of the time lapse/stop-motion mediums which I used, they helped me with everything from start to finish. I could not have done this without them.
The music was one of my favorite parts of this project to make since my passion is music. It is 99% improvised so it took exactly the amount of time to write as it took to record which saved a considerable amount of time and was very fun to do. Our equipment was incredibly improvised also. Especially since we had a budget only large enough to purchase a roll of electric tape and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Our tripod was broken so the camera had to be taped to it. Lighting when it got darker during the 1st scene was achieved using a cell phone. The last scene was shot on an IPod which was duct taped to a tripod and the images on the ground were drawn with old chalk from everyone's houses. The scene which was shot on my front door using an image I alone made in my living room using half a roll of electric tape and a lamp. And the audio recorded in my room by twisting a microphone around the same tripod and almost pressing it to the guitar.
This was a very interesting competition especially since it addressed an issue which is plaguing our society and has been since the beginning of our existence. Maybe we can make a small dent with spreading awareness of the issue even if we can do nothing to stop violence against women entirely. What we can do is not do it ourselves and possibly we can encourage others we know to discontinue this abuse. We cannot make an impact alone. I wish we could do more, but they can, the abusers themselves need to stop, the ball is in their court. It always has been. Stop the abuse. Please." Finding Love: http://youtu.be/dlmPjI4DRfw
Positive Youth! Yasmyn Camier was born and raised in the beautiful French Caribbean Island Guadeloupe and currently lives in Quebec City where she works as an intern at the Ministry of Environment of Quebec.
Youth-IN Congratulates Yasmin on her invitation to be a part of the International Youth Day 2012 Google+ Hangout following her "valuable input to the launch of our World Youth Report on youth employment in February 2012" at the UN headquarters in New York. On August 9, 2012 she will speak from her experiences as a Caribbean youth under the theme "Partnering with and for Youth – Employment". (To view Hangout go to www.gplus.to/unitednations at 11AM EST) Camier was also selected in 2011 in two international contests to attend a conference on Environment in Canada, and one on the Afrodescendant Youth held in Costa Rica. As an observer at the United Nations High-level Meeting on Youth in July 2011, she recognized the tools needed to enhance her role as a coordinator volunteer in the international youth association Give1Project, based in Paris.
In early 2012, she was nominated as one of the three young contributors to the United Nations World Youth Report and was a panellist at the Report’s launch in New York City. Camier graduated from Aix-Marseille University in France in 2010 with a Bachelor in Biology and Ecology. She is currently completing a Master of Science in environment at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. Camier is also involved in youth associations such as IANA, CNRJ which support youth projects through mentoriship.
Lena Taupier grew up in St. Lucia, where she developed a keen interest in the arts from an early age. She was often involved in music, drama, singing, and visual arts, instilling in her a passion for the arts that led her to explore as many different media as she could. In 2008, she began exploring the art of photography, and won second prize in an Amateur Photography Contest launched by the National Conservation Authority in St. Lucia. In 2009 after obtaining a Grade 1 in the CXC Visual Arts Exam, she continued experimenting with new forms of art. She soon developed a strong interest in graphic design and digital painting, and in 2010, won 1st prize in a logo design contest launched as part of a Public Energy Awareness Campaign by the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment. In 2011, Lena began exploring the art of video editing and directing, leading to the creation of her first video, “End Violence Against Women”, her entry for the UNDP Barbados & the OECS and Youth-IN Video-mix contest.
She recently graduated from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, and is currently a teacher at the St. Lucia School of Music. In the near future, she plans to continue exploring Digital Arts & Media, and would like to pursue studies in Computer Science in the hopes of building new bridges between technology and the arts.
Positive Youth! Angad Singh is passionate about youth empowerment, contributing to public policy, capacity building and sustainable energy within communities. He recently completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago with high Upper Second class honours, double majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Geography.
Angad has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant jointly with the Department of Life Sciences at UWI and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on management and conservation of the Mauritia flexuosa palm species in the Aripo Savannas, an Environmentally Sensitive and Protected Area in Trinidad. This is an area of great ecological, scientific, national and international conservation importance. In addition, he has volunteered at The Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit, philanthropic environmental organization contributing to public policy, capacity building and environmental awareness within communities.
Angad is an active member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and has represented CYEN at numerous conferences around the world and has been sponsored by the UNDP Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean (ERC) Project to attend the World Youth Congress (June 4th – 13th 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Angad: "I am passionate about representing the views of the Caribbean region's youth which are often under represented at the International level. My ultimate aim is to see young people playing a more active role in environmental decision making. I sincerely wish to be a part of this change."
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