Video production, and digitizing of video and audio elements, expanded significantly at the Heritage Community Foundation in 2005. Not only do more of our websites contain video and audio clips but we have applied for and received funding specifically involving the production of video content. This activity is important for the following
- Creation of video content for websites and Edukits that is copyright cleared
- Creation of original video content to support cultural memory and living tradition research with Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other communities
- Creation of Public Service vignettes for television screening that we have titled Alberta Moments—four are complete and currently posted here and also for cable deletions with all the major television companies
- 11,000 Years of Aboriginal Achievement DVD Project—This project provides insight into 11,000 years of Aboriginal history and achievement as well as a dynamic view of Alberta’s contemporary Aboriginal people. Footage includes Aboriginal Day at Concordia University in March 2005, National Aboriginal Day events the week of 20 June, Lac Ste Anne pilgrimage, Métis Elders’ Conference and Métis Crossing Centennial Voyage, interviews with students from the Aboriginal Training Initiatives Interactive Media program, as well as many interviews with elders from a variety of backgrounds. We also plan to acquire footage of events where needed to complete this project.
- Alberta Centennial Vignette/PSA Project—This project consists of 15 one-minute vignettes or public service announcements celebrating Alberta’s heritage. These “Alberta Moments” are currently being broadcast on Alberta television stations. We have produced four to date, with four more in pre-production and one awaiting editing in post-production.
- In addition, we embarked on an oral history project with Trinity Lodge seniors in Calgary, documenting the life stories and achievements of seniors. We videotaped interviews detailing the early days of oil development and exploration and the British Commonwealth Training Program during the Second World War.