Budding film-makers, actors, directors and editors will have the chance to ‘follow their dream’ at the 2016 Film School in Pambula during the April school holidays.
Footprint Theatre is once again hosting holiday workshops with tutors from the film industry.
Eight sessions covering script writing, film making, sound recording, acting to camera and editing will be held over five days from Monday 11 to Friday 15 April at Pambula Public School.
Workshops are open to anyone over 12 years who is keen to improve their skills for film festivals, ABC Open, school or work projects, or just for fun.
Footprint Theatre Director Lis Shelley said “This year’s program builds on our highly successful Holiday Schools held in 2010 and 2012. We’re very pleased to once again be able to stage an event of this calibre in the South East region, thanks to funding support from Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and South East Arts on behalf of the NSW GovernmentRegional Arts NSW. The project has also received funding from Bega Valley Shire Council’s Youth Week Initiative and the Pambula & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.”
This year Footprint Theatre has partnered with South East Arts, who will launch their annual YoofTube Youth Short Film Competition at the end of Film School Showcase Screening on 15 April.
Lis Shelley said “The timing is perfect for youth aged 12 to 20 who want to learn how to make a great film for the festival, but we also welcome adults who’d like to learn more about the craft of film making.”
“A number of students from our previous holiday schools have gone on to further studies and careers in film, TV and theatre”, she added.
Tutors have been drawn from the South East Arts SEA Screen Network including Lis Shelley, Brent Occleshaw, Toni Houston, Hiromi Matsuoka and Lou Glover.
For enrolments and more information please see Footprint’s website http://www.footprint.org.au
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Ellie Stewart from Pambula is one of those former students. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the Australian Institute of Music Dramatic Arts in 2015 and has since stage-managed a show at the Darlinghurst Theatre for Milkcrate Theatre Company, acted in Akio! at the Hayes Theatre, worked on costume design for the Rock Surfers Theatre Company and staged-managed a Sydney Fringe show called Crazy Brave.
Ellie said, “I live and breathe for the Far South Coast, the area we are from is astounding! However, I honestly do feel as if sport is favoured over the arts. Growing up in an area so secluded from the performing arts was hard, and it was harder knowing that probably 95% of the people applying for drama school had been exposed to theatre, film and performance tutoring their whole life.’
‘I definitely don’t think I would have been able to take as much confidence to auditions as I did without the opportunity to experience a professional working environment before I left. Without the mentorship and encouragement that Footprint Theatre’s classes provided, I would have had ZERO experience to take with me to drama school.”
Former Footprint Holiday School student Michael Ubrihien from Bega recently graduated from the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. Michael appeared on stage as Teddy in Footprint’s Arsenic and Old Lace, and at the Canberra Theatre Centre in 2015 in Call Out and The Waiting Room at the SHORT+SWEET Festival, and as part of Shorts in Winter. He has acted in locally made films Life Class, The Mission Priest and The Long Lunch and made short films and ads in Canberra.
Chloe Oastler from Candelo is another former Footprint Holiday School student. In 2014 Chloe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theatre & Performance Studies from the University of New South Wales. She said, “Footprint Theatre was a friendly and safe place for me to grow and learn in my performing. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to take part in film classes at Footprint Theatre”s Holiday Drama Schools in 2010 and 2012, as my previous experience had mostly been on stage and it was great to see how things worked and had to change when acting for camera.”
Tim Goff from Merimbula attended the Footprint Holiday Drama Schools in 2010 and 2012. Tim helped out on a number of local productions as a lighting/sound operator and studied HSC Drama in Year 12 in 2015. He was offered an internship and now has a job with a major broadcast media content producer and a company that provides live sporting broadcast solutions to TV sports channels.
Footprint Theatre acknowledges the generous support of the following organisations:
- Regional Arts NSW CASP program
- South East Arts
- Pambula & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank
- Bega Valley Shire Council
- National Youth Week Initiative
- Pambula Public School