Vanessa Hayward

Filmmakers hit the road

Student videographers mark anniversary of Mount Waddington Transit.

PORT McNEILL—This is one anniversary celebration that will require some popcorn.

Mount Waddington Transit is preparing to recognize the five-year anniversary of the arrival of bus service on the North Island, and has enlisted the help of a group of local teens to highlight the event.

Mary Mavis, who directs the transit service through North Island Community Social Services, requested youths from the local Teen Centre record and produce a short film on the transit system that will be shown at Gate House Community Theatre during the anniversary party on July 2.

“It was Mary’s vision from the start that (the film) be done by local youth,” said Kirie McMurchy, Teen Centre director. “And because the Teen Centre is part of NICSS, it was a natural fit.”

Aaron Nichol of Alert Bay, who has experience shooting and producing video, including grad ceremonies in both Alert Bay and Port McNeill, has worked the camera.

Vanessa Hayward, Cassie Conley, Jacob Willms, Ben Pahti and Zach Burland were involved in shooting scenes in Port McNeill Saturday, and other teens have also been involved.

“We started at OrcaFest last year,” said Burland. It’s been a work in progress.”