Lights, camera, action pave way for Lucindas
By EMMA CORNFORD
PULL out the red carpet, don the sequined dresses and swanky suits ? the Oscars are coming to town.
Well, not Oscar himself. It will actually be his smaller, Clarence Valley-based cousin, Lucinda.
The Lucinda Awards will be presented at the Saraton Theatre in Grafton tomorrow to students who have spent the past term making their own seven-minute science fiction films.
Public School students from Woodford Dale, Doubtful Creek, Stratheden, Grafton and South Grafton all participated in the program.
The lead actors in Grafton's film Square Eyes, said the experience had been a lot of fun ? but now they understand the behind-the-scenes aspects of film-making.
"Now I know why there are so many mistakes in movies," said David Scroop, who played the father.
"But I really liked the editing that we did ... and the things on the computers."
Square Eyes begins when two children, played by Abbey Woods and Andrew Pane, get sucked into their television set after alien batteries are placed into the television's remote control. Rebecca Hoult played the children's mother. From there they go on an adventure through different television shows each time their father changes the channel.
The students, from 5/6RA and 5GB, wrote the script, filmed the footage and did a lot of the editing themselves under the supervision of teacher Gary Barton.
"From an educational perspective and as a life skill it's really important to develop their visual literacy ... and this is a good way to do that. It helps them realise that things on TV aren't always true," Mr Barton said.
So what do the kids think about being on the big screen? "It was really fun doing it (so) it's pretty exciting," said Rebecca.
All of the schools' films will be screened from midday tomorrow. The free show will be open to parents and the public, and will include presentation of the awards.