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Making Movies for Archivists

  • 17 Nov 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 1


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Making Movies for Archivists 

Movies offer an excellent opportunity for archival outreach and education, raising the visibility of archival holdings and communicating the relevance of archival institutions. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, movies played an important role in remotely informing patrons about archivists and archival materials. In the new ‘hybrid’ environment, movies allow us to reach both local and physically distant audiences.

In the second offering of this 2.5-hour, step-along style workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of tools for creating and sharing movies. We will go over the elements of a dynamic and intriguing film-based narrative. We will then practice using the open-source video editing software, Shotcut (, to create a ca. 1 min film combining voice-over, background music, and still and moving images. Participants will be provided with sample materials in order to create this film. No previous experience with movie-editing or with Shotcut is necessary. Best practices and tools for creating, editing, and sharing movies that are accessible for all audiences will also be discussed.


Claire Williams (MAS/MLIS) is a Forestry Archivist at the University of British Columbia, Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

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