The Sydney Opera House Film School ran a competition in April for students wanting to explore and develop their skills in film technology. The winners of the competition are mentored by industry professionals, attend film making masterclasses at the Opera House and actually get to make their movie idea into a short film to be premiered at Little Big Shots, an international film festival for students at the Sydney Opera House. The final films are also showcased on the Sydney Opera House social media channels.
In the Dance curriculum, we introduce students to the use of technology to capture dance on film. Year 11 student, Mollie Burton, who has decided to undertake a Major Study in Film for her HSC Dance Course, is a passionate signer in AUSLAN and has studied AUSLAN for several years. She pitched an idea for the competition to focus on communication between hearing and non-hearing people, using AUSLAN and dance as a method to break down barriers.
Mollie has just been notified that she has won the competition. There were only three spots awarded in Australia and Mollie is the proud recipient of training and mentorship through the Opera House. She will use this skill-building as part of her Major Study focus in Film for her HSC Dance next year.
We look forward to seeing Mollie’s work through this exciting initiative. She is sure to bring back lots of technology tips to keep us moving forward in our use of technology in the Dance classroom.