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Humans of New York-style filmmakers search for stories

A small team of local filmmakers have reached out to the community to help them find an untold story to bring to the fore through their Social Story Project.

A small team of local filmmakers have reached out to the community to help them find an untold story to bring to the fore through their Social Story Project.

Innovate Media is a video production company that has been creating content for brands and businesses for eight years and founder Ben Amos says they are ready to donate their time and talent to make something that will have a positive social impact.

“It’s like Humans of New York for the Sunshine Coast only through video. We know that great stories are the social fabric of our community and we need the community to help us find a local story that really matters to our region and get fully involved,” he says.

Coast residents have been asked to nominate a person, project or organisation that matters to them and is making a difference in the community by uploading a short 30-second face to smartphone video onto the Social Story Project Facebook page.

Amos says this year was shaping up to be the most successful for Innovate Media, with more businesses investing in the online video space to boost their professionalism and competitive edge in an increasingly online world, so it was the perfect time to give back to the community the best way they knew how.

Amos says his team, which includes content producer Doug Lecole and marketing specialist Kristin Stephensen, will create a “mini-documentary” that is between three and five minutes long for the winning entry and distribute it through online platforms to boost the profile of the winning person or project.

“There’s no need to feel nervous about submitting a story either – it doesn’t have to be perfect and it’s important as it contributes to our community, to our sense of identity, purpose and value,” Amos says.

“All submitted stories will be widely shared through social media allowing a range of stories to be engaged with, not just the winning entry and you could help your nominee to win a strong video that will not only share their story but move people to take action.”

To submit a story, visit the Social Story Project Facebook page and watch the video that outlines how to do it. Entries close on July 31.

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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