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Film students hone their craft in Cobram

Generation next directs films shown in Cobram film festival to rave reviews.

LAURA HURLEY August 26, 2014 3:45am

High Shot: Cobram Secondary College students Angus Sutton, Mitchell Cole, Kyle Murdochm Mathilda Noble, Christina Bovalino and Kirra-jay Proctor experminenting with a hover cam

Budding Spielbergs and Scorseses from Cobram Secondary College got the opportunity to sit in the directors chair last week during a three-day filmmaking workshop.

Their films were screened at a film festival at Cobram Civic Centre on Saturday night.

The initiative, In The Bin, arrived in Moira Shire thanks to funding from Moira Arts and Culture, and will also take the workshop to Yarrawonga, Numurkah and Nathalia high schools.

Twenty-eight students from Cobram across years 8 to 11 had the chance to create their own short films, and program facilitator Jed Cahill was impressed by the creativity shown by the group.

‘‘We’ve got a group that are doing a computer game sort of film, we’ve got a spy film... We’ve got like a Charlie’s Angels scenario happening there with a French exchange student that just happens to be evil,’’ Mr Cahill said.

‘‘We’ve got a Hulk versus Shrek movie... and a group doing a mock short of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

‘‘It’s great to get that variety and mix in there.’’

Mr Cahill said In The Bin gave the students an opportunity to learn about filmmaking as a creative medium.

‘‘It’s introducing them to a creative field that allows them to express their thoughts,’’ he said.

Mr Cahill said the students enjoyed the hands-on nature of creating the film, as during the course of the three days students saw their projects through pre-production, filming and post-production, when they got to edit and create the final product.

‘‘These guys have put a lot of work to their films... it gives them a self-esteem boost, it gives them a sense of pride in what they’ve achieved.’’

Moira Arts and Culture’s Marilyn Gourley said the students were ‘‘having a ball’’.

‘‘It’s an opportunity for our local youth to be able to participate in something unique. There are a number of other students in workshops that (Jed) had that have gone and made film their career path,’’ Ms Gourley said.

‘‘It’s broadening their outlook as to the opportunities that are within the arts.’’

Ms Gourley said the success of the first workshop meant that MAC were keen to continue running In The Bin in the shire for years to come.

She said it would be a community effort if the program was to return, but believed the benefits it had in providing opportunities for local youth were worthwhile.

In The Bin facilitator Jed Cahill will be running a filmmaking masterclass for free at Cobram Civic Centre on Thursday at 5.30pm. All welcome. For more information, phone Marilyn Gouley on 0427734972.

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