Laurier shows off "Brantford Is Awesome" videos

News Jan 20, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The Brantford Is Awesome video-shorts screening had a few ulterior motives besides the obvious.

Producer Krista Sperberg, a liberal arts program assistant at Laurier Brantford, told a small group assembled to watch the five short films at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday night they are meant to show students a few highlights of Brantford outside of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

"We figured a lot of students might not know much about Brantford, and this is a chance to learn more," she said. 

With a grant from Laurier's executive office, Sperberg and colleagues in the Digital Media and Journalism (DMJ) program sought out students looking for a paying job making films.

Miles Smith, Talha Naeem and Benjamin Cooke stepped up to explore topics of interest with guidance from professors Bruce Gillespie, Dave Haskell and Sue Ferguson, who mentored the students through the production of the videos.

"These students worked hard to write, report and shoot these videos," Sperberg said.

The students and producers also received professional help from the staff at local businesses Atomic Spark and Octopus Red.

Cooke took on two videos, each of which focused on the Brantford Farmers Market and the Grand River.

Tipperary Bog and Paris Bakery owner Nadine Evans is featured in the farmers market video talking about the sense of community found there, and the enthusiasm and diversity of students coming in. 

"A lot of them are not from Brantford … which is great because we can actually integrate them into the community," Evans said. "We can actually create that community for them."

Cooke also showcased the Grand River through the eyes of Robert Feagan, associate professor of society, culture and environment. Feagan said being close to the river gives him a chance to expose students to "experiential learning" opportunities.

Naeem said he originally considered showcasing a few points of diversity around Brantford, but after consulting with his advisors the video ended up focusing on his own story as an international student and the feeling of community he has found in the city.

Smith put the spotlight on a local restaurant Lonnie's, known for its comfort food and post-drinking favorites loved by students.

Sperberg took the helm of a video about the Black Eye Boxing Club, an affordable gym students are attracted to because of its down-to-earth qualities.

DMJ program coordinator Ken Werbin commended the students on their professional work.

In response to a question from a spectator, the students said they had considered other topics such as the history of Admiral Submarine, a restaurant in downtown Brantford, the independent music scene and the economic struggles of the city.

To check out the Brantford Is Awesome videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-KaPiAvhzk4IYpWjhSFWw.

Laurier shows off "Brantford Is Awesome" videos

Students get chops on short films about city highlights

News Jan 20, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The Brantford Is Awesome video-shorts screening had a few ulterior motives besides the obvious.

Producer Krista Sperberg, a liberal arts program assistant at Laurier Brantford, told a small group assembled to watch the five short films at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday night they are meant to show students a few highlights of Brantford outside of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

"We figured a lot of students might not know much about Brantford, and this is a chance to learn more," she said. 

With a grant from Laurier's executive office, Sperberg and colleagues in the Digital Media and Journalism (DMJ) program sought out students looking for a paying job making films.

Miles Smith, Talha Naeem and Benjamin Cooke stepped up to explore topics of interest with guidance from professors Bruce Gillespie, Dave Haskell and Sue Ferguson, who mentored the students through the production of the videos.

"These students worked hard to write, report and shoot these videos," Sperberg said.

The students and producers also received professional help from the staff at local businesses Atomic Spark and Octopus Red.

Cooke took on two videos, each of which focused on the Brantford Farmers Market and the Grand River.

Tipperary Bog and Paris Bakery owner Nadine Evans is featured in the farmers market video talking about the sense of community found there, and the enthusiasm and diversity of students coming in. 

"A lot of them are not from Brantford … which is great because we can actually integrate them into the community," Evans said. "We can actually create that community for them."

Cooke also showcased the Grand River through the eyes of Robert Feagan, associate professor of society, culture and environment. Feagan said being close to the river gives him a chance to expose students to "experiential learning" opportunities.

Naeem said he originally considered showcasing a few points of diversity around Brantford, but after consulting with his advisors the video ended up focusing on his own story as an international student and the feeling of community he has found in the city.

Smith put the spotlight on a local restaurant Lonnie's, known for its comfort food and post-drinking favorites loved by students.

Sperberg took the helm of a video about the Black Eye Boxing Club, an affordable gym students are attracted to because of its down-to-earth qualities.

DMJ program coordinator Ken Werbin commended the students on their professional work.

In response to a question from a spectator, the students said they had considered other topics such as the history of Admiral Submarine, a restaurant in downtown Brantford, the independent music scene and the economic struggles of the city.

To check out the Brantford Is Awesome videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-KaPiAvhzk4IYpWjhSFWw.

Laurier shows off "Brantford Is Awesome" videos

Students get chops on short films about city highlights

News Jan 20, 2016 by Mike Peeling Brant News

The Brantford Is Awesome video-shorts screening had a few ulterior motives besides the obvious.

Producer Krista Sperberg, a liberal arts program assistant at Laurier Brantford, told a small group assembled to watch the five short films at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday night they are meant to show students a few highlights of Brantford outside of the Wilfrid Laurier University campus.

"We figured a lot of students might not know much about Brantford, and this is a chance to learn more," she said. 

With a grant from Laurier's executive office, Sperberg and colleagues in the Digital Media and Journalism (DMJ) program sought out students looking for a paying job making films.

Miles Smith, Talha Naeem and Benjamin Cooke stepped up to explore topics of interest with guidance from professors Bruce Gillespie, Dave Haskell and Sue Ferguson, who mentored the students through the production of the videos.

"These students worked hard to write, report and shoot these videos," Sperberg said.

The students and producers also received professional help from the staff at local businesses Atomic Spark and Octopus Red.

Cooke took on two videos, each of which focused on the Brantford Farmers Market and the Grand River.

Tipperary Bog and Paris Bakery owner Nadine Evans is featured in the farmers market video talking about the sense of community found there, and the enthusiasm and diversity of students coming in. 

"A lot of them are not from Brantford … which is great because we can actually integrate them into the community," Evans said. "We can actually create that community for them."

Cooke also showcased the Grand River through the eyes of Robert Feagan, associate professor of society, culture and environment. Feagan said being close to the river gives him a chance to expose students to "experiential learning" opportunities.

Naeem said he originally considered showcasing a few points of diversity around Brantford, but after consulting with his advisors the video ended up focusing on his own story as an international student and the feeling of community he has found in the city.

Smith put the spotlight on a local restaurant Lonnie's, known for its comfort food and post-drinking favorites loved by students.

Sperberg took the helm of a video about the Black Eye Boxing Club, an affordable gym students are attracted to because of its down-to-earth qualities.

DMJ program coordinator Ken Werbin commended the students on their professional work.

In response to a question from a spectator, the students said they had considered other topics such as the history of Admiral Submarine, a restaurant in downtown Brantford, the independent music scene and the economic struggles of the city.

To check out the Brantford Is Awesome videos, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-KaPiAvhzk4IYpWjhSFWw.