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Local students get a taste for life in the film industry

Shalom College students with cinematographer Greg Huglin in yesterday's workshop.

Local students will this week have the opportunity to work like a real film crew to produce their own short film with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Greg Huglin.

Noosa Film Academy is delivering one day workshops to a number of high schools this week, with a red carpet screening to culminate their creative work at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on 12 June.

Greg and wife Andrea Huglin said they were excited to bring their expertise to the region and work alongside students who shared a passion for film.

“After being invited to become an Australian Citizen on a Distinguished Talent Visa, Greg decided to give back by teaching,” Andrea said.

“Noosa Film Academy develops remote and regional youth digital story telling through cross art form workshops and community showcase events.

“Bringing screen production expertise and experiences to regional and rural communities upskills young people to create quality content and reveals the many creative tertiary and career pathways into Australia’s $5billion film industry.”

Lights, camera. action! Shalom College students participating in the workshop.

Andrea said with Greg's 50 years of international industry experience, there would be plenty of professional tips and tricks for the students to learn.

“We’re really look forward to engaging the teenagers as our film crew each day and helping them produce their own original short film,” she said.

“Their creativity and teamwork throughout the industry engagement culminates in them premiering their work on the big screen and emulates real world experiences.

“It is highly rewarding to see the teens sense of pride and accomplishment as they walk the red carpet at the Screening Event.”

Andrea said the workshops would help to develop creative thinking and teamwork, which were increasingly important across a broad range of industries.

“We emulate what it is like to be on location on a film set and teach skills behind and in front of the camera,” she said.

“Youth become producers, directors, scriptwriters, story boarders, actors, actresses, clapper board operators, audio technicians and editors, they learn camera angles, framing, movements, continuity and acting for screen.

“It brings a sense of confidence to continue to tell their stories digitally and an understanding of the creative process.

“It is awesome to witness the sense of pride and accomplishment each young person feels when they see themselves and their work on the big screen.”

The workshops have been made possible through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

The Noosa Film Academy received $298,445 under the third round of this funding program.

The workshops have come to Bundaberg through the assistance of Bundaberg Regional Council's Jobs Commitment Program for youth.

The program connects employers with youth to inspire and assist them in making decisions to pursue a life that includes work and education after they leave school.

To purchase tickets to the screening event at the Moncrieff on Saturday 12 June click here.