For their final Film Project, QACI Year 12 students have been provided with the task of forming short collaborative films which explore and combine the many components of the storytelling process studied over the past three years. In student’s Lizzie Thompson and Ramcie Sunga's film, the idea of playing with the power of suggestion, specifically within the psychological thriller genre was explored. The use of common tropes were altered to play upon audience members imaginations, allowing them to creatively test their ability to incite darker feelings of discomfort and uneasiness for viewers. In student’s Ethan Grubb, Aidan Thompson and Sean Chen’s film, the creation of a Gangster style film was selected as it gave them freedom to subvert genre codes, providing them with a basis to experiment with their understanding of aesthetic qualities in film. For both groups, inspiration for their films was found by researching a number of avenues such as other films, poems and personal experiences. Throughout this assessment, the importance of scheduling and acquiring a shared understanding and direction for each film was a key aspect for both teams, skills that are valuable across all facets of study. Following specific production roles, creating story boards and allowing for enough time to organise sets and props supported a standard of work that students felt proud of.
Throughout these student’s time at QACI, the ability to progress along their steep learning curves was owed to the strong support system and atmosphere both students and staff at QACI provided them with to feel self-assured in all phases of their study. The universal skills of researching and writing was refined when studying film, and assisted students in other subjects, where their ability to implement cinematic elements or provide broader perspectives was used to deliver more creative and thought-provoking work. Film combines social, cultural, political and historical aspects in a creative way, and this allowed students to recognise the influence and power of unique perspectives which ultimately broadened their understanding of the human condition.
...article written by Etta Jones, QUT Marketing & Entertainment Industries Internship.