FILMS IN THE CROWD

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

FILM WA Screen Academy is mov­ing with the times when it comes to teach­ing in­no­va­tive ways to fi­nance and mar­ket its film projects.

Re­cently ap­pointed direc­tor and vet­eran film­maker Cathy Henkel has in­tro­duced crowd­fund­ing to the WA Screen Academy course, claim­ing it an es­sen­tial tool bud­ding film­mak­ers should learn as part of their craft.

She said while stu­dent films pro­duced by the WA Screen Academy were fully funded by ECU, stu­dents would, for the first time this year, use crowd­fund­ing to boost the bud­gets of four short films that they were pro­duc­ing.

Two doc­u­men­taries ( What’s the Deal with Data? and Left Be­hind) and two dra­mas ( True Colours and Tryp­to­phan: se­duced by choco­late) have been se­lected.

The first crowd­fund­ing cam­paign was for What’s the Deal with Data? to em­ploy an ex­ter­nal an­i­ma­tion artist, and stu­dents suc­cess­fully dou­bled their tar­get.

The sec­ond cam­paign was for True Colours, a short film ex­plor­ing ho­mo­pho­bia and bul­ly­ing in high schools, with more at www.indiegogo.com/projects/true-coloursshort-film.

The four films will screen at Luna Palace Cine­mas in Leed­erville later this year.

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