Crash course in social media digital content production

Saifuddin (left) visiting the Iskandar Malaysia Studios gallery after launching the workshop. Looking on are ministry secretary-general Datuk Suriani Ahmad (second from right) and Zakaria (right).

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Some 200 aspiring content creators gathered at the Iskandar Malaysia Studios (IMS) here for a crash course in social media digital content production.

The two-day YouTube skill and cinematic community workshop 2020 (southern zone) was organised by National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

SMK Simpang Renggam student Muhd Izzuddin Zakwan said he wanted to enhance his skills to become a better digital storyteller.

The 15-year-old said he and two other classmates were selected by their teacher to attend the programme, as they were set to take part in a digital storytelling competition organised by the state Education Department in conjunction with National Day.

“I already have some basic video editing skills, so the workshop was easy to understand.

“I also got some valuable insights and ideas from the workshop, which have inspired me to make more creative content in the future,” he said.

Muhd Izzuddin, who is an avid gamer, also hopes to have his own streaming channel soon.

“I will have to find a balance between my hobbies and my studies,” he said determinedly.

During the programme, four YouTube stars – Mat Dan, Hazeman Huzir, Cardock and Tuah Azmi spoke about their content creating journey in a sharing session with the participants.

The event was launched by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He was also given a tour of IMS after the launch.

Marketing executive Maslina Johari, 28, said she enjoyed listening to the experiences of the successful stars because as an audience, she usually only saw the end product without knowing their struggles.

The film graduate said she had a deep interest in the industry and took leave from work to attend the programme.

“I used to have a YouTube channel but have not been actively posting content due to my busy schedule.

“I am in the process of making a series of videos on social experiments, with the help of my friends.

“Hopefully I can restart my channel soon,” she added.

Finas chairman Zakaria Abdul Hamid said the programme was part of its efforts to provide exposure about digital content creation for aspiring YouTubers, especially among the youths.

“I can see that there is a lot of potential among Malaysians with regards to content creation, which has added to the vibrancy of the film industry as a whole.

“It is also proven that the video streaming site can help users generate income.

“We want to provide a platform for the participants to gain ideas and knowledge through skills sharing,” added Zakaria.

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