Short film nabs top prize for Murdoch student March 12, 2013 The Honourable Peter Garrett AM MP and award winner Zak Norris. Murdoch Screen Production student Zak Norris took out the top prize in a national short film competition with his short film Balloons. The competition was held to celebrate 15 years for of Australia’s leading online youth mental health service Reachout.com. Young people were challenged to create a 30-60 second video for the website that shows what young people can do to keep themselves mentally fit and healthy. Mr Norris, who submitted his video just three days after the competition opened, said the opportunity was just too important to turn down. “Making sure young people know that there are organisations out there that are ready to help you in times of need is very important,” Mr Norris said. “I really wanted to produce an accessible film with a positive vibe to it.” Mr Norris's film Balloons is based on the idea of a girl who finds a way to overcome issues like lack of sleep and relationship problems through a healthy mental regime. His lecturer John McMullan said the University was very proud of his achievements. “His film shows natural artistic talent and a mature understanding of symbolism,” Mr McMullan said. “We look forward to seeing him further develop as a film-maker as he continues our Screen Production course.” Mr Norris has big dreams of a career in film based in the United States one day, and in the meantime is trying to gain as much experience as possible in all aspects of filmmaking. As part of his prize, Mr Norris and other finalists will continue to work with ReachOut.com on developing new content for the website over the coming year. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Domestic students, Schools, School of Arts Tags: balloons, john mcmullan, peter garrett, reachout.com, screen production, zak norris Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : 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!