German filmmakers impress
IF you thought learning another language at school was hard enough, imagine making a foreign film.
That's what German students at James Nash State High School and Gympie State High School have done, and it has paid off.
James Nash students Kate Groundwater, Georgia Lee and Maddy Smith have taken their acting passion and combined it with their German studies to enter the Goethe German school film festival.
Their film has been short listed into the finals, which will be screened on October 28.
The task was to make a feature film, up to four minutes long, to the theme of Alles im grünen Bereich, a German idiom which loosely translates as everything is fine.
Students were asked to talk about their futures with some environmental undertones.
The James Nash girls said their entry centred on the friends, who have separate dreams that match with each others futures.
The girls said they were “very excited” to be involved in the competition and thought it was “pretty cool” to be short listed.
Kate said her German teacher Johann Kupeczki encouraged them to enter. “It was just for a bit of fun, we are studying films in class,” she said.
For the competition the girls altered a previous script they written for a class assignment.
They are now writing a script for You Tube.
Gympie State High School students Jabecca Stewart, Lexi Gugger, Mikaela Calvert have also been short listed for their film “Die Cola-Dose” (The Coke Can).
The film is about a naughty teenager who throws a coke can onto the ground instead of a nearby rubbish bin.
The bins then get angry and educate the careless teenager about rubbish and recycling.
The girls said their film was very entertaining and thanked Gympie State High German teacher Frau Weise for her help.
They said she spent a lot of extra time helping them work out and rehearse each scene in German.
The trio then edited the film and are excited about travelling to Sydney to show their film with other finalists from Queensland and New South Wales.
The girls have already starting fundraising at school and are approaching the Gympie Community to financially support them and their quest to travel to Sydney.
The German School Film Festival was initiated in 2003 by the Goethe-Institute Melbourne for students of German in Victoria.
After four successful festivals it has now become a national event and hopefully Gympie students can bring home a win.