Youth learn from film masters

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Students are invited to explore the theme of The Birthday Card.
Camera IconStudents are invited to explore the theme of The Birthday Card. Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times

Leading into CinefestOZ’s 9th annual Cinesnaps contest, Busselton’s budding filmmakers met WA film industry heavyweights last month for a filmmaking masterclass.

Cape Naturaliste College, Busselton Senior High School, St Mary MacKillop and a group of home-schooled students met 2016 WA Screen Awards Best Director nominee Stevie Cruz-Martin and FTI WA’s Roslyn Walker on March 15 as part of the Cinesnaps Schools Program.

Cruz-Martin and Walker discussed the art of cinematography and their experiences in the local film industry, creating a short film and directing on a budget.

They also helped students develop their own short films for the 2017 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

WATCH: Last year's Cinesnaps winner Wish I Was There

Co-producer and actor of last year’s Cinesnaps winner, Wish I Was There, Scott Mills, joined the masterclass and will enter this year’s competition.

Mills said it was one of the best programs in the South West for young filmmakers.

“Allowing us the opportunity to develop our creative skills and showcase them to an audience is amazing, but also very nerve-wracking,” he said.

“It's not just the panel of highly experienced judges critiquing your work, it is also the community.” who has attended to support what the youth of the South West has to offer.

“Creating a short film is no easy feat, but the program makes for great experience for our future years in the industry."

Entries for the 2017 Cinesnaps Short Film Competition invites groups aged between 15 and 18 to create a 3-5 minute film exploring this year’s theme, The Birthday Card. Entries close June 30.

Visit cinesnaps.com.au.

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