Child film-makers take their shot

Cayman’s first young film-makers
competition has attracted more than 50 entries.

Schoolchildren between the ages of 10
and 15 submitted short films lasting two to five minutes to the preliminary
round of the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition, initiated by the Cayman
National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Film Commission.

Lesley-Ann Thompson of the Film
Commission said it was impressive that so many young people had entered the
contest.

“I was really pleased to see the
response we got. We’re seeing the creativity of the young people of the Cayman
Islands. It’s a good start,” she said of the 53 entries received.

Makers of the 20 best entries will
take part in a one-day workshop Saturday, 6 February, at which they will learn
the basics of film-making and directing from video producer Judy Singh of Apex
Video Solutions.

Once they have completed the workshop,
they will produce a video, or a reworked version of their original work in the
preliminary round, that will be entered in the competition. Those 20 entries
will be shown during the arts festival, Cayfest, on 18 April.

Entries will available on YouTube
and viewers will be invited to vote on their favourites. The winning entry will
be shown on CITN’s children’s show Kids Stuff.

The maker of the winning film in
the final round will receive a scholarship to attend a one-week New York Film
Academy summer camp at which he or she can hone their movie-making skills.

The Film Commission was set up in
2008 to help develop a movie industry in the Cayman Islands and to attract
producers and makers of films, commercials and television shows.

Ms Thompson said that it was
important to encourage film-making among young people as these would become the
“building blocks” of a local film industry.

 Rita Estevanovich, programmes manager of the
Cayman National Cultural Foundation, said she was very happy with the number of
entries.

She said the organisation had been
worried initially because as the deadline was approaching, no entries had been
received. It extended the deadline by two days to 20 January, during which the
entries flooded in.

More than 45 of the entries came
for the Cayman Islands International School, which runs its own film classes.

“At the workshop, we’ll look at
their work and critique them, let them know what they could have done
differently, if they could have used better lighting or different angles,” Ms
Estevanovich said.

 “They’ll have the choice to expand on what
they’ve already created, or reshoot it, or make something completely different.
They have a week to come up with it after taking the workshop and that is what
will be submitted to the Cayfest Young Image Makers Short Film Competition,”
she added.

The children will get an
opportunity to film around the Harquail Theatre, where Saturday’s workshop will
be held.

Ms Singh said the children would be
taught the basic elements of storytelling in the workshop.

“Then I’ll move into how we
translate those elements into audio and video that is harmonious and makes
sense for an audience. What I don’t want to do is limit the kids into
thinking that their narrative must be linear or must make sense in the traditional
sense of the word, so I’m trying to use language and examples that aren’t too
definitive in this way,” she said.

The students will also get to learn
about the technology and theory surrounding camera, light, sound and movement.
 

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