Students make the cut at Pambula film school

Footprint Theatre's annual Film School in Pambula attracted 25 students aged from 10 to 60 from around the Bega Valley to learn the craft of film making.

The Sharp Shooting workshop led advanced students from an initial story pitch through to dialogue development, location scouting, shot framing, camera, lighting and sound techniques to an on-location film shoot with camera tutor David Condon.

All students took turns to direct a scene, operate the camera, record sound, slate the scene and act in front of the camera. They are now editing their own versions of the film for a screening later in the year. 

Other workshops included Acting for Screen, Production Lighting and Making an Animation, which were partially funded by The Mumbulla Foundation.

TV and Film Actor Patrick Dickson and Producer Hiromi Matsuoka from Murrah introduced students to the art of telling a story truthfully as a monologue to camera, worked on solo action scenes in an "alley", and filmed four variations on a story with the same underlying script. All of the students had a chance to direct and film a scene in addition to appearing on camera.

Animation students learned about frame rates through time lapse filming, as well as principles of animation and claymation by making their own models and sets. They then filmed a short animation on their mobile devices, adding sound and titles to complete the story.

Gerry Corcoran of GCLX Lighting in Wolumla led students through the principles of lighting for stage and screen and the students experimented with hands-on film lighting techniques.

Some of the resulting films were screened at the end of Film School Showcase Screening on Thursday, April 13, when students also received their certificates.

Many of the students are looking forward to putting their new skills into practice by making a film for the YoofTube Youth Film Festival, to be staged by South East Arts later this year.