Film crew makes cut

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

In less than a year a film crew from Pu­taruru Col­lege has ce­mented it­self as one of the bright­est in the field.

The group, led by teacher Lanny Joe, won Best Cast and Best Com­mu­nity Involvement at the Na­tional SADD film awards in Auck­land last Mon­day.

‘‘All of the award win­ners had their own spe­cial awards cer­e­mony,’’ Mr Joe said.

Crew mem­ber Luke Mad­dren said of their win: ‘‘It is pretty amaz­ing.’’

Jeff Mar­shall said: ‘‘ It is nice to be recog­nised by peo­ple. I know that I have put in 100 hours into this. It is def­i­nitely worth it, it is really nice.’’

The feel­ing was also shared by stu­dent Melissa Ward, who said: ‘‘Be­cause we have done this as a group you make friends with peo­ple who you have never talked to. It’s not just about the fact that we have won th­ese awards, it is also that there is now an­other ac­tiv­ity in the school, like we have never had this film de­part­ment.

‘‘None of us knew how to work a cam­era. We have learnt ev­ery­thing,’’ she said.

The school pre­vi­ously won the Fair Go Ad Awards sec­ondary schools sec­tion. Pu­taruru Col­lege’s award­win­ning film crew is cel­e­brat­ing win­ning Best Cast and Best Com­mu­nity Involvement at Turn­ers Stu­dent Short Film com­pe­ti­tion 2012.

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