Young stars in movie success

KEPNOCK State High School students have beaten scores of schools around Australia to take out a prestigious national film award.

Arts department head teacher Jess O'Neill received the “shock” news yesterday that her Year 9 media studies class had taken out the Screen It competition's secondary animation category.

Although the class only recently found out they were finalists in the category - one of five in the competition - the Year 9 students can be even more proud they have had the better of entries from students up to Year 12 students across Australia.

Miss O'Neill was proud of her dedicated and talented students.

“Where they've got now is amazing for their first stop-motion animation,” she said.

The Screen It competition, designed to encourage imagination and inventiveness in Australia's school-aged students, attracted 172 entries created by nearly 500 students.

Twenty Year 9 students participated in the school's entry, which took them almost three months.

“We did it for a term, plus two extra weeks for editing,” Miss O'Neill said.

The class used basic iMovie to create their animated entry, focusing on cyber safety, and competed against Years 8 to 12.

“They had to show what it was like to live, work and play as a teenager,” Miss O'Neill said.

Student Todd Mulvany said he was proud of what they had accomplished.

“It's pretty good for our first time,” he said.

Heidi McLennan said it was “fun” and would consider pursuing a role in the industry in the future.

The finalist entries were judged by a panel of industry experts, including representatives from Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI, which ran the competition) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 4 at ACMI in Melbourne.

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