Pu­taruru film­mak­ers im­press with video

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A fight to erad­i­cate bul­ly­ing has landed Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents, Luke Mad­dren and John Mo­tion third place in the An­tiBul­ly­ing TV Com­mer­cial Com­pe­ti­tion.

The year 13 stu­dents were ‘‘stoked’’ with their plac­ing out of 54 other schools and the $500 prize, which goes to their school.

Their en­try was al­tered for a Men­tal Health video com­pe­ti­tion and also won sec­ond place there.

The duo found out about their win when it was men­tioned on the cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme Seven Sharp.

‘‘I was sur­prised it was on tele­vi­sion,’’ Mad­dren said.

‘‘We got all th­ese texts say­ing we had won.’’

The two friends have ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing, but they say, through re­search, they have found it it is much worse for oth­ers.

‘‘[The sub­ject] kind of links to your life – ev­ery­one has bul­lies.’’

Their 40 sec­ond video for Blue Light tells the story of a girl who is cy­ber bul­lied and even­tu­ally kills her­self.

At the end it is all a dream from the bully’s per­spec­tive.

Mad­dren said their film fo­cused on words like ‘‘men­tal’’ and ‘‘nutjob’’, the main point be­ing to high­light the ef­fect of name call­ing.

‘‘It’ll help them [the au­di­ence] by show­ing the per­spec­tive of the bully and the vic­tim.’’

This win is one of many, in­clud­ing the Fair Go ad award in 2012, since they started in year 9.

They were among the first group to start the suc­cess­ful Pu­taruru Col­lege film class.

While this is their last year at the col­lege, the pair both move on to South Seas Film and TV School next year.

Mad­dren will study film and tele­vi­sion, while Mo­tion will take on a course in An­i­ma­tion.

Film buffs: Luke Mad­dren, front, and John Mo­tion im­pressed Blue Light with their skills to come third in an Anti-Bul­ly­ing video com­pe­ti­tion.

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