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Budding filmmakers in action

Budding filmmakers have their creations on YouTube after learning the art of filmmaking at Scinapse’s SciFilm workshops on April 29 and 30.

A group of students at Learning Tree school, and a group of adults at Pollinators’ CityHive, learned how to use their mobile devices to capture three-minute science-related stories, then edit them and prepare them for the big screen.

The top 15 shortlisted films from across the state will be screened on cinemas as part of Inspiring Australia’s SciFilms competition, run in partnership with Film Harvest. Audiences will then vote live for their favourite.

Cash prizes will be presented for Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice.

You can view the films created in the Scinapse workshops on YouTube.

Scinapse chairperson Emma Jackson said the workshops were a fun and hands on way to learn how to tell a science story, and share that in a visually interesting way to others.

She said the kids at Leaning Tree were particularly interested in learning the techniques of filmmaking using the simple story of washing hands.

“We got some great feedback, especially from the kids who got right into the subject – they couldn’t believe that 95 percent of people don’t wash their hands properly,” Ms Jackson said.

Filmmakers can still submit three-minute films for the competition, with entries closing on July 22.

For more information on the SciFilm competition, visit the website.

Scinapse, formerly Mid West Science Engagement Group, is a voluntary network collaborating on science engagement activities. Scinapses’ vision is to see a strong Mid West community purposefully engaged with science. Scinapse is funded by Inspiring Australia and Scitech and coordinated by Pollinators Inc.

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