Schools That Rock report on movies for Filmit and Paul Roos Gymnasium
33 Schools from South Africa and 2 from Namibia entered 2-minute film pitches for the Filmit competition during the month of June.
The first-round panel of judges were Bradley Joshua from Gambit Films and Moenier Hendricks from Homebrew Films.The other 2 judges were Marcel Spaumer and Richard September from Suidooster. They went through all 70 film concepts pitched by these school groups. They selected twenty, believed to have entertainment value, is doable, evoked interest and should make for a good short film. The judges compiled a short video. In the video they share their professional opinion, observation, and subsequent recommendations on the 20 approved film groups.The comments are focused on when they are heading into the mentorship programme in preparation for the making of their films. These videos are shared on the Paul Roos Gymnasium YouTube channel.
The Filmit team inspires all the 33 schools who entered to up their game and learn how to improve their ideas and concepts. If not for the 2021 competition – then definitely for the 2022 competition. A pre-recorded mentorship video (including advice from industry professionals) on pre-production, production and post-production of films is produced. It will be shared via the Paul Roos Gymnasium YouTube channel. This video is made available free of charge for all 35 schools who entered the competition.
Contributors to this video are Johannes Pieter Nel (director of photography), Louis Pretorius (screenwriter), Zandré Coetzer (Nagvlug Films) and Lloyd O’Conner (sound engineer). Other contributors are Fahema Hendricks (director of photography), Braam du Toit (composer), Eva du Preez (editor), Neil Sandilands (acting for the camera) and Michael Botha (post-production on sound). The mentorship programme was made possible by Atterbury and WeBuyCars. It will be uploaded and available for private streaming on the PRG YouTube channel on the 26th of July 2021.
One-on-one mentorship by industry specialists kick off on the 27th of July. This mentorship will continue over a two-week period up until the 6th of August. It will be online (via Zoom sessions) and will be presented by five actors from the TV series Suidooster. Each actor will mentor four of the participating schools. These actors will guide the learners in the early phases of development of their films. The actors are Marco Spaumer, Dean Smith, Esther von Waltsleben, Jawaahier Petersen and Eden Classens.
The 20 schools who submitted the best film concepts in 2021 and who move on to the next round of the Filmit competition are:
A magician never reveals its secrets by Curro Durbanville, South Africa
Behind the Surfboard by CBC St John’s, South Africa
Cascade by Rondebosch Boys’ High, South Africa
Conflict: A Journey to Passion by Worcester Gymnasium, South Africa
Duwweltjie by Paul Roos Gymnasium, South Africa
Gedagtes maak saak by Kalahari High School, South Africa
Interpreter Gone Wrong by Simon’s Town High School, South Africa
Search by Fairmont High School, South Africa
Theatre Kid by Bloemhof Girls’ High, South Africa
The Art of Colour by St Georges Diocesan School, Namibia
The Gingerbread Man by Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, South Africa
The Key by Paarl Boys’ High, South Africa
Three shades of agony by Jan van Riebeeck High School, South Africa
Too bright to shine by Mitchell’s Plain High School, South Africa
Toue en kloue by Parkdene High School, South Africa
Trigger on the beach by Charlie Hofmeyr High School, South Africa
U Yolo #happiness by Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School, South Africa
What do you stand for? by Table View High School, South Africa
What drove her to madness by Groote Schuur High School, South Africa
Zombie Blowout by Waterkloof High School, South Africa
PRG Filmit looks forward to seeing how these learners grow, develop their film-making skills and contribute to the vast array of stories finding its origin in Southern Africa.
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