Checkpoint: Hale School film buffs create own post-apocalyptic movie

Checkpoint: Hale School film buffs create own post-apocalyptic movie

PASSIONATE film buffs at Hale School in Wembley Downs have written, directed, edited and starred in a post-apocalyptic drama film, which has been two years in the making.

Director and Hale theatre technician Taran Dunn spearheaded the student-led film Checkpoint that “pushes the boundaries” of what students can achieve.

“We have an amazing theatre program but there was a lack of media and film, so we wanted to branch out,” he said.

“Checkpoint really showcases the fact that young filmmakers, given the right support, equipment and direction, can create outstanding quality work and they don’t always have to look like student films.”

Filmed in seven days in January on school grounds, the 40-minute movie is set in a dystopian Australia where people are forced to live in checkpoints in order to survive.

“With a budget from Hale, the students were given access to film equipment used in the industry on blockbusters like The Hobbit and Spider-Man,” Mr Dunn said.

Mr Dunn said there may be a possibility of a feature-length sequel.

The director of photography, 16-year-old Tyler Illman, said he storyboarded more than 500 shots in the film and said he felt lucky to work with professional equipment.

“I’m hoping to study film at SAE academy but the best part of making Checkpoint was that every member of (Hale) film club has tried every aspect of film; I’ve done sound, visual effects, editing and filming,” he said.

Aspiring actor Sebastian Fisher, who plays a lead character in the drama, said the experience gave him an insight into film acting on a professional level.

Checkpoint premieres June 28 and screens June 29 and 30.

Tickets at www.hale.wa.edu.au-/connecting-with-hale/Events/Redfoot-Youth-Theatre-Presents-Checkpoint.

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