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Students win film-making experience by making their own call

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The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) is proud to announce the winners of their ‘Your Call’ competition. The winners, Jake Stillman and Lachlan Thiele from John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, were carefully selected from a diverse range of outstanding creative entries by secondary students from around Western Australia.

The Your Call competition involved presenting ideas for CCCSF's next interactive film, on the subject of mental health. Students produced entries in a variety of formats, such as scripts and trailers. The winning entry was decided by a judging panel consisting of judges from the WA Screen Academy, the Department of Health's Youth Mental Health Program, and the Perth web design and animation studio Red Tiki.

The winning entry, "Pressure", deals with issues relating to peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, depression, crime prevention and taking responsibility for one's actions. "Pressure" boasts an innovative film script which takes inspiration from gaming.  The screen shows the main character's anxiety, courage, and reputation bars, which are effected by the choices that the character makes, and are reminiscent of the ‘health’ bars used in many videogames. This lends the entry a mixed-media feel which enhances the choose-your-own-ending, game-like aspect of the Your Call film series.

Jake explains that "the video game style is used to connect with youth more, and video games are relevant in today's society", and that "we want to focus on the aftermath of the consequences that the character has taken".

The winning entry will be turned into a professional interactive film in partnership with the WA Screen Academy at ECU.  The film will be the fourth in the series for Your Call whose films previously tackled the youth social issues of alcohol abuse, violence and car theft. Each film is designed to be an immersive story that illustrates, in a relatable way to young audiences, the consequences of making the right or wrong 

decisions.

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Jake and Lachlan have won $1000 as well as $2000 for their school to put towards their English/media department. They also have the opportunity to work with ECU in the production of the film, giving them valuable film knowledge and experience. James and Lachlan are both passionate about the film industry, and wish to pursue careers in filmmaking.

David Gribble, CEO of CCCSF, stated that "we have really enjoyed reviewing all of the wonderful creative contributions that WA's great young minds have come up with. We hope that participating in this competition helped to inspire all participating students and broaden their creative horizons, and that the skills they used to make their entries will serve them well in their future endeavours." also have the opportunity to work with ECU in the production of the film, giving them valuable film knowledge and experience. James and Lachlan are both passionate about the film industry, and wish to pursue careers in film-making.

 

 

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