Shrek director praises Chch pupils' film

01:56, May 22 2014

A group of Christchurch pupils have won a national movie competition after linking selfies with the Treaty of Waitangi.

The pupils from Christchurch South Intermediate were one of three intermediate groups to win the Our Nation's Children competition, which was judged by Shrek director Andrew Adamson.

The pupils were tasked with creating a video based on the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealanders today. 

The winning teams scooped a trip with their class to visit Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.

Academy Award-winning producer and director Adamson said he was inspired by the idea of reconnecting Kiwi kids with their history.


The videos were judged on movie visuals, audio, editing skills, script and overall effectiveness. 

Adamson said Christchurch South Intermediate's entry used an ''inventive contemporary premise'' as a way to convey their message.

''The visual effects techniques were wisely implemented to give more scope and they utilised multiple camera angles and editing well. They made good use of humour as way to convey a serious message,'' he said.

The other winning teams were from Tamaki Primary in Auckland and Putaruru College in the Waikato. 

Our Nation's Children was launched by the Waitangi National Trust and Westpac in November last year.

It aimed to have every child visit Waitangi before they left school to better understand their country's heritage.

The Press