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ECU students impress acclaimed film critics

Thursday, 21 July 2011

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ECU students had their work judged by some of the best in the business recently at the ECU-sponsored Revel-8 Super 8 Film Fest, run as part of the Revelation Film Festival.

Acclaimed film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton from ABC’s hit show At the Movies were on hand to judge original pieces, filmed entirely in Super-8 film. WAAPA Head of Composition, Lindsay Vickery, joined Margaret and David as the third member of the judging panel.

ECU student Jennie Feyen took out the major prize of Best Film with her team, which included fellow student Maggie Dhango and ECU graduates Matt Bedford and Goran Martinovic.

“It felt unreal to have David and Margaret judging Revel-8 and watching something I'd made with my peers,” said Jennie.

“When 'Marigold' was chosen as Best Film by two iconic film critics I felt like a rabbit in the headlights - it was such an unbelievable moment! It was an honour to be awarded for one of the most collaborative projects I've ever worked on, and I really enjoyed the whole experience.”

ECU graduate Matt Bedford agrees.

“When Margaret Pomeranz announced that we had won best film, it was a great feeling.

“What I really enjoyed about winning was knowing that the film we had made was truly a team effort. To me, this is the joy of filmmaking, just collaborating with a bunch of talented people and making something that you thoroughly enjoy.”

The Revel-8 Super-8 Film Fest presented filmmakers and composers with a unique challenge.

Filmmakers were required to shoot with a Super-8 film camera, on one reel lasting three-and-a-half minutes and working to this year’s theme of ‘soul’.

Composition students from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) then composed music they believed reflected the short films without ever meeting the director.

Film and Video Co-ordinator from ECU’s School of Communication and Arts, Mr Keith Smith, has been directing the event for five years and believed it was a great way to see film-making in its purest form.

“Filming on Super-8 is a great experience for film-makers. It’s all about the art of cinematography and controlling the image in the camera – cinema at its primal best!” said Mr Smith.

“The challenge tested both composers and filmmakers and bought together some of Australia’s best young artists in a celebration of film and music.”

For more information on the festival and to view the winning videos visit the Revel 8 YouTube channel.

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