Curry praises our film talent
THE shire’s own film school will be in session this week as local students and others begin preparation for the Port Shorts film festival in late October.
A masterclass for budding filmmakers will take place on Saturday afternoon (August 20, 1-5pm), presented by Stephen Curry (acting), Matt Hearn (production), Kier Shorey (screenwriting), Gina Black (budgets) and Brian Vining and Dean Mayer (on directing tips and tricks).
But before that, today and tomorrow, students from the area will work with the panellists on creating their own versions of the final scenes of a short film which has already been shot and shown to them.
It’s an exciting opportunity for local talent to learn from professionals.
Stephen Curry, returning again from Melbourne for this year’s Port Shorts, is one of the panellists and a firm believer in the local cinema talent, especially among the school kdis.
“There is some ridiculous talent out there, I have to say. I’m really excited about it.”
The masterclass on Saturday is a bit more structured than last year’s, Curry said.
It’s a discussion – “I think that’s the best way” – which gives “a whole lot of different perspectives on film, with completely different angles from within the industry and sharing ideas, and “learning from each other, really”.
“And hopefully the Q&A will also lead to useful discussion as well, rather than just having people sitting there being talked at by the presenters.
“Doing three days up there, I hope it’s really going to make a difference.”
Curry, from Melbourne, will be returning to Port Douglas for the Port Shorts festival on October 28-29.
“I’ve seen some of the entries already for this year,” he said.
“The level last year was already fantastic and it has just gone up a notch this year.
“There is some great talent going around.
“The two teenage brothers, Ollie and Sebastian, have shown an amazing propensity for film making.
“Both of them won awards and they have entries this year.
“I definitely think these are two guys you want to keep an eye on.”
Stephen Curry is in town to help run film education classes ahead of Port Shorts in October