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.