Short Film Otago also aims to promote script writing amongst young people.
We are keen to encourage students at secondary schools in the Otago Province to write short films.
Short Film Otago has been working with Media Studies teachers to develop a package of learning resources that will support teachers who already encourage their students to explore short films.
With more learning resources available, Short Film Otago hopes more teachers will explore short films with their students.
April 2011 - The schools resource was completed and mailed out to schools.
In its six modules the resource focuses on the ideas and story stages of the short film process.
Using interviews with the writers of four of our own shorts as well as Robert Sarkies (Otago's foremost maker of shorts before he began his feature film career) and Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston who wrote The Six Dollar Fifty Man (New Zealand's most successful short in 2010) it explores where to look for ideas and how to turn an idea into a story.
Separate modules are devoted to two golden rules "something must happen" and "endings are vital".
In each module there is a suggestion of activities for students.