Apart from the goal of improving student outcomes, one of the biggest motivators for establishing school</em><em>–</em><em>community partnerships is the desire to re-engage students with their learning. Partnerships are being formed to improve student motivation, reduce inappropriate behaviour, improve school attendance and reduce the numbers of students dropping out of school. These partnerships are enabling students to experience learning in hands-on environments, creating opportunities for staff to work with their students in new ways, and removing some of the barriers to learning for disaffected students. They are also making it possible for students to engage with training opportunities, access enhanced learning, improve their health and wellbeing, and connect with their local communities.
(Masters, CEO, ACEL)
Over the last three years Mast Films, through the Transistor Youth Arts Program, has been working directly and indirectly with schools creating programs that allow students to learn, through making, all stages of the filmmaking process. By the end of the program students have collaborated on the creation of a number of short films.
The program would include master classes in screen writing, camera, lighting, sound, directing, acting for screen, editing, sound-design, directing and producing. These master-classes would be practical and require students to create scripts, shot-lists, schedules, test-shots, audition for roles, source costumes, locations and props, shoot two films, edit and do the sound design on the films. They would be mentored by specialists in each field.
These programs are tailored towards the needs of the school and can focus on curricular, skills, or community cultural development models.
Since 2015 Transistor has worked with Huonville High School, Saint James College, Bayview College (Rokeby HS), Dunalley Primary School, Big Picture Launceston, Friends, Mowbray Heights Primary School and Cosgrove High School.
“We have witnessed the efficiency in which the Mast Films was able to deliver this type of program and the impact that this opportunity has had on our students especially] around developing self-worth and posiIve connecIon to each other and the community in which they work.”
James Price, Principal, Big Picture Launceston
“Many of our students have limited learning opportunities outside of school hours so we aim to offer them as wide a variety as possible within their school day. Relying on the expertise of volunteers has allowed us at times to be able to offer drama, robotics and dance. Classroom teachers are extremely competent in the fundamental curriculum areas but we welcome with open arms people who can share their passions and knowledge across a variety of extracurricular activities. For these volunteers to be skilled tutors as well makes them invaluable assets to our school. Our visiting film makers possessed both qualities. I have been entering the My State Film festival for many years but doing so with no formal, or even informal training. As the teacher I learned so much in our short session.”
Julie McKenzie, STEAM Coordinator, Mowbray Heights Primary School
“I had the pleasure of meeting Lucien as he was our Expert Filmmaker in Residence. Lucien was outstanding in fulfilling this role and helped our students produce the highest quality of films across the film groups than our students have managed in the past. I am more than happy to share some of these with you if you would like. Lucien is definitely a talented filmmaker, who can work effectively with young people, and is particularly effective in communicating his feedback to help them improve their films. I will definitely be exploring opportunities to work with him and his colleagues in the future.”
Nicola Collins, Friends School
Cosgrove High School (2019)
We developed a ten week program with Cosgrove High School’s Multi-Pride Students. The brief: provide the skills training , equipment and mentoring so that students from the Multi-Pride Program can make two short films about bullying.
Two films were made and submitted into the 2019 MyState Student Film Festival.
Ed, which was nominated for the following award categories: Most Promising Filmmaker and Best Original Score, and
New Girl, Old Problem, which was nominated for the following award categories: Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Big Picture – Launceston (2018)
We developed a training and mentoring program for the school that supported the students to write, produce, act and film two short films that were submitted into the MyState Student Film Festival. The films were also screened at the school for the general community to watch. The film, ‘Call the Ambulance’ was nominated for best score at the MyState Student Film Festival.
Film Greenhouse: Big Picture and Remade (2017)
Launceston City Council funded us to run a filmmaking program in Launceston. We partnered with Big Picture School in Launceston and Interweave Arts and developed a training and mentoring program for the school that supported the students to write, produce, act and film two short films. The films were screened at REMADE 2017 and the 2018 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival.
Dunalley Primary School (2017)
Transistor Youth Arts were invited to work with students from Dunalley Primary School and assist the students to create four short films that they wrote, acted in, produced and filmed. The school had been through a difficult period, their school had burned down in the bushfires of 2013 and then after the school was rebuilt it was then evacuated due to floods. The films were a chance for the students to express and explore the changes that had happened and move towards a healing of the past.
Bayview College, formerly, Rokeby High School (2016)
Transition Film is an innovative live action dramatic web series that has been developed in partnership with Rokeby High School, the Rokeby High School Association, and Rosny College and is funded by Clarence Council and the Community Support Levy.
Acclaimed Writer/Director Lucien Simon and Award-Winning Writer Adam Ransley will develop a dramatic series in collaboration with students from Rokeby High Schools senior drama class. The series will be based on the lived experiences of the students and reflect the unique pressures of being a teenager in an area defined and stigmatised by public housing.
The students supported by professional actors, will act in these films. The films will be shot by VET students from Rosny Colleges respected Media Course with each department being run by some of Tasmania and Australia’s premier professional filmmakers.
The program has been developed to provide a pathway from year ten to college with the aim of boosting the number of students who complete year 12 and rectifying access and equity issues faced by young people in the Clarence Plains region. On an artistic level by collaborating with professional filmmakers we aim to create a broadcast quality series that attracts a wide audience and shows the talent that exists in a community that has been marginalised and silenced through a lack of opportunities and resources.
The films screened at Light Up the Lanes (2016), Clarence Council’s The Barn (2016) and were exhibited at the University of Melbourne (2016).