High school students get a taste of Hollywood

June 28, 2016

Myles Pollard (second right) with John Curtin students (from left) Jack Martin, Alex McLernon and Dickson Wamukoya

Myles Pollard (second right) with John Curtin students (from left) Jack Martin, Alex McLernon and Dickson Wamukoya

Murdoch University staff and students teamed up with Australian actor and filmmaker Myles Pollard and other industry professionals to help WA high school students make their own James Bond style films.

Pupils from four schools – Safety Bay, Gilmore College, Coodanup College and John Curtin College of the Arts – participated in their own three-day filmmaking sessions with Myles, which included workshops (on script writing, storyboarding and acting), auditions and filming.

“It was great fun seeing how the students interpreted this year’s theme of special ops,” said Myles.

“It’s been an amazing experience for all involved and I hope we’ve open their eyes to the exciting opportunities available in filmmaking.”

Known as the Creative Arts Initiative (CAI), the project is designed to build aspiration and confidence among high school students and has been run annually for the past four years in various high schools in the Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah region as part of Murdoch’s MAP4U initiative.

The program was launched at John Curtin in Fremantle for the first time this year with the aim of highlighting pathways into the creative arts to students from the school, which is known for its Gifted and Talented Media Arts program.

The CAI also gives Murdoch’s postgraduates the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals and mentor the high school students as they learn more about industry-standard filmmaking processes.

Dr John McMullan, postgraduate chair and lecturer in screen production at Murdoch, said the program had resulted in an increase in tertiary entrance numbers for schools that have participated.

“One of the schools which took part in last year’s CAI had 40 per cent more students filling out enrolment forms to go to university,” he added. “The program encourages students who may not have considered tertiary education before to give it a try and to consider career opportunities in media and the creative arts.”

Dr McMullan said the CAI provided Murdoch screen production postgraduates with invaluable experience and opportunities as they collaborate with and transition into industry.

“This year we’ve implemented the program into our graduate diploma in media production, and this will really help these students make meaningful links with the local screen industry professionals contracted by Asterion – the production company that we collaborate with on this project.

“Our postgrads have been professionally trained and mentored throughout this semester for these shoots at the high schools, so they were ready to perform in a real filmmaking environment. In semester two these students will be completing the post production process of the CAI shoots.

“The CAI is about helping high school and university students attain a career they will love, while at the same time growing and strengthening the WA professional screen sector.”

Each school has a budget of around $55,000, with funding coming from the schools themselves, MAP4U and Murdoch’s graduate diploma in media production.

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