Couleurs du Nord, a Franco-Ontarian documentary series, had several students from CSPNE public schools participate during the filming that took place over the past few months in northern Ontario, including four students from the two high schools in the Nipissing region.
Mélissa Goulais and Zoé Bigras from École secondaire publique Nipissing Ouest in West Nipissing as well as Carlie Popp and Riel Luna from École secondaire publique Odyssée in North Bay participated in the filming of this series hosted by renowned graffiti artist, Mique Michelle.
They agreed that this activity allowed them to make new friends among the participants and members of the production team. "It's amazing that in three days, people have become like my family. When we arrived, no one was talking to each other. After a few days, I didn't want it to end," Melissa says.
"It was really special to meet people you don't know and become friends because of this project," confirms Zoé.
During the three days of television production, the young people had an authentic filming experience according to a news release. "It was like we were in Hollywood with the microphones, the rest of the equipment and the bloopers," Carlie jokes.
"To create a unique experience for each region visited, the students collaborated on a collective brainstorming session that allowed them to reflect on the riches of their region. In fact, the Cache Bay Community Centre and Outloud North Bay were the places where participants - accompanied by Mique Michelle – were able to create a mural inspired by their vision," says the release.
"There were a lot of sprays cans with lots of colors," says Riel.
Filming was completed following the unveiling of the collective mural, but the four students from the Nipissing region agree that it was an incredible experience.
The shows will be presented on the TFO channel next year.