Making movies with a message

21:40, Jun 03 2014
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FUTURE FILM-MAKERS: Capturing the scene as part of the Outlook for Someday short film workshop held at Caroline Bay are, from left, Caleb Livingstone, Tanya Smith, Laura Crossan, Te Rau Aroha and Johnathan Holmes-Welsh.

Pupils keen on film-making learnt tips and tricks from industry professionals at yesterday's Outlook for Someday short film workshop.

Around 25 students from six schools came together to produce short films with a sustainability message.

The workshop held in Timaru was taken by Simon Williams, a Wanaka-based environmental educator and graphic designer, and Paora Joseph, a Maori documentary film-maker from Waiheke Island.

The morning consisted of pupils thinking about what sustainability was, coming up with storyboards, scripts, and producing their own short films.

This was the second time the workshop, run by Connected Media, a charitable trust which promotes sustainability through media, has been held in Timaru.

Bluestone Primary School had five pupils attending the day.


Principal Ian Poulter said the workshop had been beneficial to the students, opening their eyes to what makes a successful film.

He said it was interesting listening to the different levels of knowledge in the groups, with the younger ones learning from the older students.

Arowhenua Primary School pupil Te Rau Aroha said the most important thing she learnt was how to hold the camera steady.

"I really didn't know any of this stuff, it's good to learn new things."

It was one of 44 Outlook for Someday workshops being held across New Zealand.

Connected Media also runs an annual film challenge, in which young people aged up to 24 make a short, sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to five minutes.

Last year the film contest was won by Timaru YMCA tutor Ronan Causapin, for his film about teen drug use.

The Timaru Herald