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Cut - Young Film Maker Winners Announced

Cut - Young Film Maker Winners Announced


NOVEMBER 5 2007

A record number of entries this year's Cut film competition for New Zealand secondary school students run by Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) resulted in some tough judging at the finalists' screening at Hamilton's Rialto yesterday.

Head of Wintec's School of Media Arts Margi Moore said entries came from across the country and the level of sophistication of the works surprised judges Gaylene Preston one of New Zealand's leading filmmakers, television, mixed media theatre director and documentary maker Lala Rolls, Paula Allen is Head of Media Studies at Hamilton's Hillcrest High School and Matt Chappell recent Wintec School of Media Arts Moving Image graduate and cinematographer for the winning 48 hour film 'Lease'.

"The standard higher this year than ever - and included some really hard hitting stuff . The standard of performance and editing has definitely risen to a very high level and technically the cinematography was most impressive," Ms Moore said.

"Notable this year was the very sophisticated understand and use of parody and humour. The work was extremely impressive overall.

Judges said the film 'Elliot' by CChristchurch Rudolf Steiner School director Isaac Strati and producer Jerome Reil deservedly won best drama : (awarded an apple i Mac computer plus Avid Media composer editing software for the school) as well as Best Director (awarded a scholarship to Wintec's School of Media Arts degree) saying it showed a very strong understanding of cinematic form and expressed the alienation of a boy who had run someone over with a car. It used powerful using cinematic language and is a very strong piece.

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Ms. Moore said copies of the films are available to secondary schools on DVD and that a second screening of the films was under consideration.

Details of the winners and finalists :

School

Supervising Teacher

Student(s)

Hillcrest High, Hamilton

'Killing With Kindness'

Paula Allen

Directors Keely Park Anna Haines

Karamu High, Hastings

'Revenge'

Tom Hunter

Best script AWARDED A Lenovo laptop from the LapShop at Wintec

also

Best Cinematographer

AWARDED

A Panasonic Digital Video camera

Director Chloe McLean

Pakuranga College, Auckland

'Does it Matter?'

G Lawrence

Director Eileen Gallagher

Gisborne Boys' High School

'The Teredo Worm'

Mrs Callaghan Best doco (Apple I mac computer Final Cut Express editing software for school) i pod Nano

Director Desmond Tutauha

Gisborne Boys' High School

'Tumataunga: Te Hokinga mai'

Mrs Callaghan

The group won Best Performance AWARDED : A Ricoh digital camera

Producer Harley Roberts

Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School

'Elliot'

Richard Bullock Best drama : AWARDED An Apple i Mac Computer plus Avid media composer editing software for the school)

ALSO won Best Director AWARDED A scholarship to Wintec's School of Media Arts Moving Degree)

Director Isaac Strati

Producer Jerome Reil

Feilding High School

'sMashed Potatoes'

Sandra Freeman

Director David Osten-Gifford

Nelson College for Girls

'In Good Company: An Interview with Maurice Gee'

Anna Hickman

Director Yanapun Brewster

Middleton Grange School, Christchurch

'Bounce It, Bounce It, Bounce It'

Michael McCormack

Best original score AWARDED : 6 hrs free production time at Wintec's School of Media Arts Moving Image studios and an i Pod Shuffle

Director Ben Childs

Nelson College

'When the Teacher Leaves the Classroom'

Mrs Leigh Riley Best Editor AWARDED : Ricoh Digital Camera

Directors Ollie Neas Jack Tippler

ENDS

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