Mini movie makers spread school values
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.
Malachi Todd, Beth Anderson and Shayla Payne.