Mini movie mak­ers spread school val­ues

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - REBECCA MOORE

Win­ton School stu­dents are put­ting their cre­ative skills to the test to learn about their school val­ues.

Fifty-two stu­dents at the school took part in mak­ing two short films for the Me­dia Mash 5 Day Film Mak­ing Chal­lenge last week.

Prin­ci­pal Steve Wadsworth said the motto for South­ern Me­dia Mash was ‘‘Learn, Cre­ate, Share’’, which the stu­dents all suc­ceeded at.

South­ern Me­dia Mash was an ini­tia­tive in its fifth year that aimed to in­spire, mo­ti­vate and share the ‘‘cre­ative and dig­i­tal magic’’ that was hap­pen­ing in south­ern class­rooms, he said.

It is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project, co­or­di­nated by a team of prin­ci­pals and teach­ers with the aim of sup­port­ing south­ern schools to grow and de­velop dig­i­tal skills that ben­e­fit all learn­ers, with work­shops and an awards evening later in the year.

For the chal­lenge, stu­dents in rooms 7 and 11 made a short film about their school mas­cot, Rere the tui bird.

Stu­dents had the chance to share their ideas, op­er­ate a cam­era, act and nar­rate a film, with the added chal­lenge of hav­ing to use a green screen and voice changer, and fea­ture a co­conut and live an­i­mal in their film.

Room 11 stu­dent Beth An­der­son said her class also added the ex­tra chal­lenge of us­ing stock mo­tion, an an­i­ma­tion tech­nique that phys­i­cally ma­nip­u­lates an ob­ject so that it ap­pears to move on its own, for their film.

‘‘We wanted it to stand out.’’

A group of five worked on the project pre­dom­i­nantly, but the whole class played a part in the en­tire project, where they learned in a way that was fun, Beth said.

The Me­dia Mash Awards Evening (The Mashies) are be­ing held in In­ver­cargill on Novem­ber 22 at the In­ver­cargill Chris­tian Cen­tre.

‘‘The evening is all about recog­nis­ing and cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence in this ex­cit­ing and cre­ative area of learn­ing with schools all over South­land, show­cas­ing their cre­ative projects with a much wider au­di­ence and maybe even win­ning a prize,’’ Wadsworth said.

REBECCA MOORE/ STUFF

Malachi Todd, Beth An­der­son and Shayla Payne.

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