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Call for community to help capture this year’s Anzac Day

Monday, 20 April 2020

This year’s Anzac Day will be livestreamed and made into a video – with your help.

The community is asked to join creative professionals in capturing the activities that will take place on April 25 to pay tribute to former and current service men and women, starting with the driveway dawn service.

As people light a candle and stand in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways or balconies at 6am, a live steaming project called Follow the Sun will take place.

Drone pilots, photographers, videographers and musicians across Australia and New Zealand will be coordinated to livestream footage from neighbourhoods in the two countries.

The community is also encouraged to take footage of the driveway dawn service as well as video and photos of activities taking place throughout April 25 for further livestream and for use in an Anzac Day in Isolation video.

The video will tell a story of how people came together to commemorate the occasion while being physically apart as a result of the social distancing measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The South West Development Commission is working with the local creative industry in coordinating the international project and is encouraging people to get behind the initiative.

SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said the project was an opportunity for the community and creative professionals to come together – wherever they be located – to pay their respects in a unique way.

“This is a chance for creative professionals to collaborate across multiple channels and for the general community to get out their cameras, video cameras and phones to contribute to a truly collaborative creative project,” Ms Teede.

“We encourage you to film or take photos of your family at home paying their respects – from the driveway dawn service to playing The Last Post and baking Anzac biscuits.

“This is a way for us to come together as a community and send a powerful message of solidarity in paying our respects.

“By watching the livestream and the video, we’ll be able to connect and see how each of us commemorated Anzac Day.”

While the project is being coordinated in the South West of Western Australia, people taking part in Anzac Day activities around the world are welcome to contribute footage and photos.

For more information and to register your interest in participating, visit the official website –anzac.euso.digital . If you have a question, email anzac@euso.digital . For latest information, visit the Facebook page.

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