STAR TURN: Trinity Darrow stars as the maths teacher in Burnett State College's short film, Honesty.
STAR TURN: Trinity Darrow stars as the maths teacher in Burnett State College's short film, Honesty. YouTube

WATCH: Hollywood comes to Gayndah as students shoot film

BURNETT State College students were given a tantalising taste of Hollywood thanks to a visit from a renowned cinematographer who helped them create their own short film.

Greg Huglin, who was a camera operator on Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove (2009), brought his Noosa Film Academy film-making workshop to Gayndah thanks to a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund.

"Gayndah's secondary students have real big-screen talent and I'm really proud of their short-scripted film we created in just one day,” Mr Huglin said.

Burnett State College students at the Noosa Film Academy workshop.
Burnett State College students at the Noosa Film Academy workshop. Contributed

Honesty stars Trinity Darrow as a maths teacher who raps her ruler into her hand and patrols the classroom, eagerly sniffing out students cheating in her class test.

Her eagle-eyes catch a note being passed, but the content of the note is not what she expected.

The workshop, for students in Years 9-12, began with a career guidance movie, Montage, before moving to a production meeting, where students were allocated roles in a hands-on film crew.

Using a state-of-the art RED Epic camera, the sort used in The Hobbit among other films, the students then shot scenes from a storyboard.

Burnett State College students at the Noosa Film Academy workshop.
Burnett State College students at the Noosa Film Academy workshop. Contributed

After learning the art of editing, the short film was uploaded to YouTube - a useful addition to the students' digital portfolio when seeking employment or tertiary pathways.

Each with a certificate of completion, a whole new set of skills and a huge grin on their faces, the students finished the day singing the workshop's praise.

"Shooting a film is a team effort and the students were allocated many roles,” Mr Huglin said.

"All our films address issues such as anti-bullying, honesty and respect.

"We worked hard and laughed hard too.”

Mr Huglin thanked North Burnett Regional Council's RADF liaison officer Tania Fraser and senior staff at the College for helping facilitate the workshop.

"These forward-thinking community leaders created an opportunity for the young people of the region to make a meaningful movie,” he said.

Watch Honesty online here.


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