Clinic helps budding film-makers

ANYONE who adopts a dog from the Tweed pound will receive a video on how to take care of their new pet if Ronelle Herbert gets her way.

Ms Herbert's plan is one step closer to fruition after attending a Screenworks development clinic at Murwillumbah's Coolamon Cultural Centre on Tuesday.

After volunteering with Friends of the Pound, Ms Herbert thought she could put her film-making skills, which have been honed through amateur video-making, to good use by making a pet documentary.

Screenworks' film expert Anne Chesher provided her with invaluable guidance at the workshop yesterday.

“Anne has given me direction and clarity and helped me focus on where I want to go with my documentary,” Ms Herbert said.

At the clinic, Ms Chesher worked with the film-makers to take their films to the next level and gave them advice on obtaining grants and working with professional crews.

“At development clinics people come with an idea they have had for some time and they need help working that idea into something that will work on-screen,” she said.

Ms Chesher also spoke to a Southern Cross University student who wanted to turn a short story into a feature film and another filmmaker doing a documentary on the Mayan calendar. An idea for a series of educational videos to teach Indonesian people English was also proposed yesterday.

“It is always different. There are as many ideas as there are people. What Screenworks does is provide people with realistic ways and means of making it happen,” Ms Chesher said.

The Screenworks clinics are brought to the area in partnership with the Tweed Shire Council. Cultural development officer Lesley Buckley said the Tweed had a burgeoning film industry and the council was happy to nurture anything Screenworks was a part of.

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