Putting youth’s message on tape: The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note

Via Scoop.itNunavut

Innosar Issakiark played the lead role in the Arviat production of The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note, which is being filmed for use within Nunavut schools. – photo courtesy of Gord Billard   Putting youth’s message on film Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ARVIAT
[excerpt] Early filming has begun in Arviat on The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note, a play performed by young actors in the community in 2011. Nunavut’s Department of Education is looking at including the finished product as part of its Aulajaaqtut program in Grades 8 to 10. Director Gord Billard said a number of the easier scenes to film have already been taped. He said filming will begin in earnest once the weather warms up. “We started to attack one of the bigger scenes and realized we needed to plan a bit more and sit down and do some scene-by-scene storyboards so we know exactly what scenes we’re looking for,” said Billard. […] Billard said media specialist Eric Anoee of the Department of Education, who is also president of the Arviat Film Society, has provided him with a big professional camera and headphones for work on The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note. He said they started practising with the unit during an Arviat Cultural performance this past week. “The plan is for both me and a number of our audio-video students to learn how to use the kit properly,” Anoee said. “We’re very excited to be working on this to, eventually, become a unit within the Aulajaaqtut program. “It’s my understanding it will be included in a unit that deals with such topics as healthy lifestyle choices, suicide prevention and things of that nature. “They’ll use our production to help get the message across to kids throughout Nunavut.”
Via nnsl.com

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