Sharjah: The Sharjah Media City (Shams) on Tuesday concluded a digital filmmaking training course held in collaboration with Sharjah Children, an entity governed by the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators.

The training course, part of its programme ‘Journalists of the Future’, was a 30-hour training course designed for children aged nine to 12 years.

World Education Television (WeTel), an educational news, documentary films, and interactive learning television channel, conducted the course during a special event at the Child Art Centre in Mughaidir suburb from July 15 to 24.

During the workshop, students learnt high-definition video production techniques for digital short filmmaking.

The course taught budding filmmakers how to develop and understand film concept, script and narrative writing for digital film, as well as camera handling, non-linear video editing, sound mixing and lighting techniques, among other useful tools. At the conclusion of the course, students were required to complete an individual digital short film as a final project.

Dr Khalid Al Midfa, chairman of Shams, said they are always looking forward to nurture and foster young art talents and help them develop their skills through exposing them to various kinds of training.

“We believe that optimal investment in these talents and creative minds from an early age will bring greater advantage, as they are faster to understand the media concepts we are trying to inculcate in them.”

Aisha Ali Al Kaabi, acting director of Sharjah Children, stressed the importance of nurturing and developing the skills of talented children and inculcating the love of media industry from an early age, so as to capitalise on their creativity and serve their community and nation.

“Our collaboration with Shams in conducting the recent training course and other initiatives and activities align with Sharjah Children’s mission of preparing a responsible, creative, knowledgeable and skilled generation,” she said.