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Nicholas Walters

NGO: Salaam Bombay

Nicholas Walters

“The Salaam Bombay Foundation team was open to new ideas, and would participate in the film-making process by reviewing it periodically. Their cooperation and guidance kept me motivated to achieve perfection in the production of the short films. I was proud to have played a role in spreading the message among children against tobacco consumption. ChamCham and her Super Army Champ are anti-tobacco awareness educators to others in society. While shooting the series, I realized the number of processes involved in the making of a film – from location, sound, lights, props and camera angles, to actors, voiceovers, music and special effects. The freedom to learn, improvise and adapt enabled me to fulfill my responsibilities at my NGO.”

Having recently returned from Ghana, Nicholas was in search of an internship in the media field. He immediately applied for the YES FOUNDATION Media for Social Change Fellowship, and on selection, began looking forward to creating short films and executing social media campaigns for NGOs.

Nicholas was introduced to the basics of communication, media platforms, development sector and CSR space during his 1-week Induction training. He came to believe in the vision and mission of YES FOUNDATION – in the power of the youth and media. The sessions involved knowledge-sharing from industry professionals and with the Fellows. Nicholas learned to understand, cooperate and be a team player to achieve social change collectively. The feedback received at the fortnightly training workshops gave him confidence and reassurance to work hard and deliver results efficiently.

For 7-weeks, Nicholas was placed at Salaam Bombay Foundation, which works to empower children to make the right choices for their health, education and livelihood, where he was given the opportunity to create a series of three child-friendly short films to deter BMC school children from tobacco consumption. He realized the number of processes involved in the making of a film – from location, sound, lights, props and camera angles, to actors, voiceovers, music and special effects – and took YouTube tutorials to understand the complexities of it.

One of the ‘Top 5 Outstanding Performers’, Nicholas’ creation ‘Cham Cham’ is being screened in BMC schools across Mumbai. He learned professionalism, responsibility and openness to challenges, and this experience has moulded Nicholas personally and professionally. He feels honored to have had the opportunity to engage and immerse himself in the Fellowship, not only for his NGO but also for other NGOs.