Film Camp

Film camp2Many exciting things have occurred in Film over the last couple of weeks.  The big event was the Film Camp where we take our yearly sojourn to Natural Bridge in the Numimbah Valley.  The students call Bornhoffen PCYC home for two nights and immerse themselves in all things film.  The camp holds the purpose of workshopping the students in a continuous program that culminates in a film.  They learn things that can’t be restricted to the classroom, such as experiencing filming in different light, both internal and external and on location, special effects make-up and working with the DSLR in different lighting environments to learn how to get the best out of their shots.  This year the students were given the theme of ‘toothbrush’ and the winning production was called ‘La Brosse’ by Bella Bosscher, Helena Foley, Emilee Nicholas and Tulli Seton; featuring a toothbrush going through an existential crisis who has been cast aside for another toothbrush, turning him murderous.

We also take the opportunity to introduce the students to a wide canon of film in a relaxed atmosphere where they can really enjoy the films and discuss them at length.  The teachers enjoy the morbid pleasure of showing them ‘The Shining’ before bedtime.

Most importantly however, the camp is an opportunity to do some important bonding with the rest of the group, readying the students for the heavy production time that they will embark upon in Year 12 and in this vein we do a lot of walking and even more eating. The students always exclaim it to be the ‘best camp ever’ and this year was the same.  Their behaviour was exemplary and little do they know that the teachers enjoy it as much as they do!

Other news is that we had our Year 10 Film Showcase which debuted our new Film Students with their iHuman productions.  The night also feature Documentaries produced in Year 10 last year and we had the great pleasure to have a special guest, Cathy Henkel who is a renowned Documentary maker to present an award to the best Documentary for the evening.  Cathy had great success with her documentary ‘The Burning Season’ (2008) and has just release a new documentary called ‘The Rise of the Eco-Warriors’ documenting a group of passionate and naïve young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orang-utans.

Cathy’s daughter and QACI Film Studies alumni student, Sam Lara Canin-Henkel was also able to join us and is currently forging her way forward at Bond University, following in her mother’s footsteps and with a bright future ahead of her.  The Film Studies teachers are eternally grateful for the continued support they give to our Academy and value our ongoing relationship, allowing us to connect our students to the industry they aspire to join.

Other news is that we had our Year 10 Film Showcase which debuted our new Film Students with their iHuman productions.  The night also featured Documentaries produced in Year 10 last year and we had the great pleasure to have a special guest, Cathy Henkel who is a renowned Documentary maker to present an award to the best Documentary for the evening.  Cathy had great success with her documentary ‘The Burning Season’ (2008) and has just release a new documentary called ‘The Rise of the Eco-Warriors’ documenting a group of passionate and naïve young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orang-utans.