Directing their futures: Balga High School

Jayden Callaghan, Ruth Mutanda, Abiar Michael and Bolton Yangi, Modeste Iradukunda and Mikhaela Thumpston (seated), and Eden, Chontelle and Justin Murphy.
Jayden Callaghan, Ruth Mutanda, Abiar Michael and Bolton Yangi, Modeste Iradukunda and Mikhaela Thumpston (seated), and Eden, Chontelle and Justin Murphy.

BALGA High School students won the overall best film makers award at their film premier last month against neighbouring schools participating in a The Smith Family extra curricula program.

Kiara College and Mirrabooka and Balga high schools run the after school program once a week in partnership with The Smith Family to advance their skills in film and media production and editing.

The program was offered to students from years 8-12 with up to 20 students from each school participating.

Balga student Mikhaela Thumpston, who wants to become a singer or film maker, said she was proud to be part of the program and to have been among the students who won the overall award.

“For my stock motion my friend helped me and I took the photos and did all the editing and technical stuff too,” Mikhaela said.

“The idea came from my friend who moved to Kellerberrin, so me and my other best friend carried it on.

“We had to pick a song and we wanted and picked I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, we started drawing pictures and matched it to the words – we had musical notes and a little man walking and he fell through the cracks.”

Mikhaela said she was shocked by the process to produce her piece, having taken her about two months to complete.

Balga student Modeste Iradukunda, who also wants to become a singer or film maker, said putting together videos was harder than it seemed.

“When you see other people doing it you think that it’s easy, until you actually get to do it. That’s when you find out that it’s not as easy as it looks, it takes a lot of patience.

“My music video took a year because I didn’t know what to expect through editing and getting busy with other things,” he said.