High school students have a Hollywood experience June 26, 2014 High school students in Rockingham and Mandurah are having a Hollywood experience over the next couple of weeks, as they work with some of the industry’s best and brightest to make their own zombie movies. Safety Bay Senior High School, Warnbro Community High School, Coodanup Community College and Gilmore College have all enlisted to take part in the Murdoch University creative arts project which encourages students to aspire to university study. Students are working with a team of industry professionals including: Australian actor Myles Pollard (McLeod’s Daughters, Drift), who is directing the movies. Production Designer, Jeremy Shaw, who collaborated with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings series; Director of Production, Jim Frater, who has a long list of Australian and UK credits including many BBC productions; and Producer, Brad Major, a Murdoch alumni who is the mastermind of the Murdoch program and has worked with director James Cameron on his Deep Sea Challenge 3D film for National Geographic. Myles said he enjoyed working with the teenagers and building their aspirations. “The opportunity these kids will have to star in their own film can only motivate and inspire. It’s the kind of experience I wish I’d had in high school,” Myles said. The zombie movie experience is an initiative of Murdoch’s Aspirations and Pathways for University Project. Program Leader, Antoinette Geagea, said the project aimed to help high schools to build the aspirations and academic achievements of their students, so that more of them would see university as a desirable and achievable pathway. “Giving students a chance to experience something like this opens their minds to new career paths in the arts and university in general,” Ms Geagea said. “Last year when we ran the project with Gilmore College we had three students who later enrolled to study at university. This shows the value of the Aspirations Project.” Students have already undergone workshops with the production team and auditions and filming is the final stage. The finished zombie movies will be screened to students and their families at Murdoch’s Open Day on August 24. Print This Post Media contact: Hayley Mayne Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Film, television and digital media, School of Arts, School of Arts Research Tags: antoinette geagea, brad major, building aspirations and learning link for young people to go to university, coodanup community college, gilmore college, jeremy shaw, jim frater, murdoch's aspirations and pathways for university project, myles pollard, safety bay senior high school, warnbro community high school, zombie movies Comments (One response) ANDREW TAGGART July 1, 2014 Great work MAP4U team and Hayley. Can't buy publicity like this. Terrific program leadership Antoinette. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!