Lights, camera, action

A GROUP of young filmmakers from Clarence High School are putting their budding skills to the test by entering a film into the 2018 MyState Student Film Festival.

With submissions closing on 31 October, students will have the chance to win from a $19,000 prize pool in 22 categories.

New categories this year include best comedy, drama, original song, original score and television commercial.

Seventy schools have now registered for the festival, including 30 schools who will be entering a film for the first time.

Clarence High School music teacher Wendy Ross has spearheaded participation at her school for the past few years.

Ms Ross, who teaches the moviemaking elective class, said the festival was a good “real world” experience for the students.

“Participating in the festival gives the students more of a real-world experience than just setting them a task in class to learn certain skills,” she said.

“The students aren’t required to enter, but it’s a good way to just get them in there having a go.

“In preparation, we have covered camera and tripod work, blue and green screens, storyboarding, editing and camera angles.

“There are a few students who are really getting into the process, coming up with ideas and figuring out exactly what they want to do, which is usually the most difficult part.”

As part of the festival, students are tasked with including a feature item in their film and this year the item is a hat.

Clarence High School grade nine student Jazlyn Kennedy is part of a group of four planning to enter their James Bond inspired film into the festival.

The film centres on two travellers who accidently switch their similar bags at the airport, leading to danger, kidnapping, and an eventual happy ending.

Jazlyn said she wanted to participate in the festival because she had always loved movies and was curious about how they were made.

She said the group had been throwing around ideas, before finally combining them to make up the final concept of the movie.

“We have already filmed a few scenes and are currently in the process of editing,” she said.

“Everything has been going pretty good so far and I’m really enjoying the chance to experience firsthand how moviemaking works and the creative process involved.”

Jazlyn, who writes screenplays in her spare time, said she was now considering becoming a movie writer in the future.

The MyState Student Film Festival will be judged by a panel of Tasmanian film industry experts.

It will culminate in a red-carpet awards event at the Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre at Guilford Young College in Glenorchy on 5 December, where the winners will be announced.

Ticket bookings for the event open in November.

For more information, visit mystatefilmfestival.com.au.

Caption: Clarence High School year nine students, from left, Glory Williams, Jazlyn Kennedy and Annie Therlow. Absent: Connor Waller.