MOVIE MAGIC: Eager young filmmakers learn the basics of film and production at a previous course held by Jed Cahill.
MOVIE MAGIC: Eager young filmmakers learn the basics of film and production at a previous course held by Jed Cahill. Paul Braven GLA060115FILM

How North Burnett kids can get a taste of movie magic

LUKE Koster grew up in the North Burnett, far from the casting calls and movie magic found in the big cities.

But he followed his passion and paved a successful career in performing arts.

Alongside his sister and program facilitator Rachel Koster, fellow actor Paul Talbot and producer Jed Cahill, Mr Koster will return to the region this month to show young people the possibilities in the creative industries.

The Playing with Green Screen workshops will be staged at three small schools in the North Burnett, along with an extended master class for 32 acting enthusiasts.

With Mr Cahill from the In The Bin Short Film Festival on the camera and post production for all sessions, youth from across the region will be treated to invaluable performing arts experiences.

"We have had all kinds of theatre and acting workshops over the years such as TV acting with Kym Valentine, presenting to camera and soapie training with Toni Pearen as well as improv, mask work, character development, drama games, scene work and so forth, but as yet students have not had the chance to try out chroma key so this will be a lot of fun,” Ms Koster said.

"It's beginner level but will be a great experience for all who take part.”

Mr Cahill previously worked in the area creating North Burnett Regional Council's Naturally Beautiful promotional video.

The week of activities will begin with a master class for youth aged between 10 and 18 who hold a passion for acting.

Mr Koster and Mr Talbot will lead the day-long session on May 19 which will include warm-ups, hands-on acting experience in groups of two or three using the green screen, general acting tools and playback of footage taken throughout the day.

"Luke holds a diploma of film and stage acting, and has trained and acted extensively with professionals such as Simone Buchanan, Judith McGrath, Tony Knight, Bryan Nason to name a few,” Ms Koster said.

"Assisting actor Paul Talbot has trained with Sandra Bell, Michael Bate and NIDA's Claire Crowther, among others and also has a lengthy list of roles under his belt.

"The pair are looking forward to passing on their skills and knowledge.”

From May 20 to 22, Binjour Plateau, Coalstoun Lakes and Dallarnil schools will receive a visit to film an uplifting chroma key filmclip using drawings created by the students.

Each child will create a scene depicting the positive aspect of life, using their pictures as their backdrop, and will act within their own hand-drawn set.

The schools will receive a copy of each clip, set to a song recorded for the project.

In following months, a super edit will be done, to combine the schools' footage, and will be made available online.

The small schools tour was funded by Regional Arts Development Funding.

Mr Cahill will also drop in to schools in Gayndah and Mundubbera to complete projects they have in the pipeline, each financed by the individual schools.

All bookings or enquiries for the master class can be made by calling Rachel Koster on 0427 551 973 or emailing rachelkostermusic@hotmail.com.


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