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Footprint Theatre Film School

Location: Pambula, Far South Coast (South East Arts)
Contribution: $3,000 – Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
The Footprint Theatre Film School was held at Pambula Public School during the April school holidays from the 8-13 April 2017. The 2017 iteration of this CASP project was an initiative of Footprint Theatre, a Pambula-based touring theatre group established in 2009.
Students were mentored by Film Tutors and the Film School Director (Patrick Dickson, Hiromi Matsuoka, David Condon and Lis Shelley) in the skills of acting for the camera, lighting, sound, animation and film making, with students able to pick and choose workshops throughout the week. Over two-days, the students made a short film from concept through to final filming, with footage being screened on the last day of the Film School to an audience of parents, students and tutors.
At the end of the Film School each student received footage for their show reel, with several students also making their own final cut version of the film which was reviewed at a private showing. At least one of these versions will be entered into the YoofTube Youth Film Festial in 2017.
The 2017 Film School program built upon the highly successful Footprint Theatre Drama and Film Schools held in 2010, 2012 and 2016. You can read more about the successful former students of these holiday schools here.

Image: Students of the Footprint Theatre Film School, photo courtesy of Footprint Theatre.

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The intensity of the workshop, the skill of the professionals involved and the interest of this particular group of students made the workshop very worthwhile. The group worked well together and some have since collaborated on developing further film projects. One big challenge was that the filming day turned out to be rainy, but this was turned into a plus as the students worked out how to work the rain into the story, and met the challenges in terms of sound and keeping equipment and actors dry. The very hands-on workshop allowed the students real life experience of the problems that crop up on set and also trained them how to minimise these problems when filming subsequent scenes.

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The Footprint Theatre Film School was supported by Create NSW’s (formerly Arts NSW) Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Development Organisations on behalf of the NSW Government.