Dubbo high school students work with industry pros on short film
July 17, 2012

Students from Dubbo College, St Johns College and Macquarie Anglican Grammar School have been working on a film about life in Dubbo, with help from film professionals at every step of the way. In the lead-up to filming, students participated in workshops to introduce them to the filmmaking process, including a session with Australian Writers Guild member John Alsop to develop the story and script.


And last week, screen industry legends descended on Dubbo to help the students shoot their film. Australian Theatre for Young People director Sarah Parsons led an acting workshop, and Australian Directors Guild member Ian Gilmour provided guidance on all of the pre-production work. After their thorough preparation, filming started last Wednesday at various local landmarks, including the Old Dubbo Gaol. 


The students’ project is part of the Regional School Initiative, developed by NSW Miners and Cockatoo Film to promote new talent and skills development among high school students interested in film in regional NSW. This is the first year of the program, which will focus on a different regional town each year and offer students a chance to work with experienced filmmakers to create a high-quality short film about their hometown. 


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Screenwriter John Alsop with Dubbo high school students


Ian Gilmour, who has worked on TV shows like Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers, McLeod’s Daughters and Heartbreak High, was thrilled to be a part of the project.


“Now that film making gear is becoming more and more affordable its great to be able to introduce high school kids to how film and videos are made,” he said. 


NSW Miners are proud to be supporting the arts in regional NSW, especially when it comes to helping young people pursue their passions and giving them a chance to learn from pros in the industry. The Dubbo students’ film will premiere at the Inland NSW Film Festival, which is part of the Dubbo Festival in September, and it’ll also be screened at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival in October.


Check out www.cockatoofilm.com to find out more.

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