Curry praises our film tal­ent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK - Shane Ni­chols

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

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