QACI Film students in Year 11 recently attended a 3-day camp immersing themselves in their Group 6 creative subject - Film. Caitlin Baptist, Year 11 provides her reflection of their time.
The film students of Year 11 spent 3 days lost among the beautiful mountains. Film camp was an opportunity for the students to learn and further develop their filmmaking skills. It gave us the opportunity to learn things outside the classroom in a more focused environment.
On the first day, the students were given a 24-hour film task with a selected theme. The final film needed to fulfil 3 criteria to fit the theme given to them. This included a spoon, a doppleganger and the phrase “there’s something in there”. These films were to be watched on the final day at camp. A large portion of the time at camp was used to plan, produce and edit the film in small groups.
To immerse themselves into the camp mood, the frightened students watched 2 classic horror films on their first night. A total of 4 films were watched at camp and these included The Orphanage, The Shining, Children of Men and An American Werewolf in London.
The students also attended an array of workshops organised by Mr Carozza, Mrs Osborne and Mr Rogers. They were taught how to use a DSLR camera and its settings, how to use lighting equipment, and various costume and make-up techniques.
On the second night, a movie character parade was held where we dressed up as our favourite film characters. Some recognisable movies included the Grinch, Saw, Moonrise Kingdom, Run Lola Run, The Breakfast Club, Fight Club, and Ferris Bueler’s Day Off.
Alongside the educational part of camp, the students were also able to become closer with nature as they ventured into the valley to explore the waterfall nearby.
On the final day, the students trekked 15 minutes to reach the border between New South Wales and Queensland. Finally, before we departed from camp, we watched the impressive collection of films that were produced over the past 3 days.
As the students were beginning to think that it was the end of a wonderful camp we ended the trip by watching the Thai film, Ong Bak on the bus while leaving the beautiful green mountains of Bornhoffen behind.
...article written by Caitlin Baptist
...photographs by Ramcie Sunga