Stu­dent films fo­cus on good health choices

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ An am­bi­tious pro­ject in Roe­bourne is giv­ing Pil­bara chil­dren the chance to write, di­rect, film, and star in a se­ries of health-themed short films.

The Smashed Pro­ject, ini­ti­ated by and pri­mar­ily funded through Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice, gives the young auteurs a chance to con­nect with their com­mu­nity and show their in­ter­pre­ta­tions of be­hav­iour as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol and nutri­tion.

The chil­dren have al­ready learnt the bones of act­ing from the IF Foun­da­tion and have been brain­storm­ing and learn­ing how to use top-notch film equip­ment with cre­ative com­pany Big hART in the last few weeks.

A pair of film­mak­ers brought in by Big hART ar­rived in Au­gust and have shown them how to work as a slick film crew and how to con­duct on-cam­era in­ter­views.

Big hART pro­ject man­ager and as­so­ciate pro­ducer Ange Prior said there were about 12 to 15 of the young­sters en­gaged in the pro­ject in any given week.

“We’re re­ally driv­ing to teach high­qual­ity, top-gear, pro­duc­tion pro­cesses that will cre­ate the best out­put so when they are broad­cast they will be taken se­ri­ously,” she said.

Un­like pre­vi­ous projects in­volv­ing Big hART, this will be the first time the chil­dren cre­ate their own films from scratch and by them­selves.

The aim will be to cre­ate be­tween four and eight films by the time the chil­dren hit their dead­line next month.

It’s a long process, but the chil­dren have been com­mit­ted to go­ing to Roe­bourne af­ter they fin­ish school in the town, Kar­ratha, and Wick­ham.

So far quite a few of their ideas have re­volved around the con­cept of zom­bies as a metaphor for mar­i­juana use.

Their main video, though, will be in the for­mat of a cook­ing show and is be­ing filmed with el­ders on coun­try.

The idea be­hind it is that good cook­ing and nutri­tion, as well as a con­nec­tion to cul­ture, pro­vides the best al­ter­na­tive to drug use and makes you strong enough not to need drugs.

With plenty of hu­mour sprin­kled through­out, the end re­sult is sure to give the com­mu­nity a good laugh.

Pic­tures: Big hART

War­ren Wally, 12, and Claire Leach film Jor­dan Cop­pin, 13, and Pa­trick Churn­side.

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