Learners break into film world

2018-09-18 06:00
The five learners from schools in the South Peninsula whose film scripts were selected are from left: Sarah Mitchell (Fish Hoek High), Prince Museka (Ocean View High), Bryony Roughton, owner of SAY Media Education, Ayabonga Ntoba (Sinako High in Khayelitsha) and Milani Mdlele (Masiphumelele High).

The five learners from schools in the South Peninsula whose film scripts were selected are from left: Sarah Mitchell (Fish Hoek High), Prince Museka (Ocean View High), Bryony Roughton, owner of SAY Media Education, Ayabonga Ntoba (Sinako High in Khayelitsha) and Milani Mdlele (Masiphumelele High).

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The film scripts of four learners from schools in the South Peninsula were chosen in the first Inter-School Film Festival and Competition at the beginning of the school term.

They are Sarah Mitchell from Fish Hoek High with The One, Milani Mdlele from Masiphumelele High with I am Enough, Prince Museka from Ocean View High with The Innocent Shot and Talon Adams from Simon’s Town High with Talent and Skill. The fifth winner was Ayabonga Ntoba from Sinako High in Khayelitsha with Trouble in Paradise­.

The learners could choose between two themes – “I am enough” and “One in a hundred­”.

“Once the film scripts were chosen, the learners then attended a screenwriting workshop and chose their production team,” says Bryony Roughton, owner of SAY Media Education, who ran this project for eight years in the Eastern Cape.

The workshop comprised training in the fields of producer, camera operator, lighting, sound, boom swinger, art department, continuity, script supervisor and clapperboard operator.

The learner film production teams then attended a training day at Gordon’s Campsite on Saturday 18 August to prepare them for casting and preproduction.

“For many this was their first introduction to filmmaking and for any who pursue a career in film this will probably be the moment they remember as their first introduction to the film industry.

“Filming starts at the end of September and each film is shot in a single day on location at the school. The films will be ready for screening in November, once the editing process is complete, and will be shown at each participating school. Following this, the top films will be submitted to youth film festivals around the world, offering audiences a glimpse into life as a learner in South Africa,” Roughton says.

Previous films made by learners can be viewed on the SAYmeTV YouTube channel.

Film and media production has new impetus in the Southern Peninsula, as Roughton has partnered up with Tina Thiart from HGG NPO Sustainability Solutions (Pty) Ltd and runs a very successful Seta-accredited National Certificate in Film and Television Production course at Forward Fund Academy in Sunny Acres.

Four of their current students have also had their film scripts chosen for production within the South Peninsula Film Festival. V Contact 021 782 8816, 071 776 4851 or info@­forwardfund.co.za

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