Port Macquarie short film, 'Moving On' has been described as 'an emotional topic covered in a deep and thoughtful way' by St Columba Anglican School (SCAS) teachers.
The short film produced by Port Macquarie year ten students Finn Carey, Xavier Hall and Jayden Bowden won the Best Editor award at the Nextwave Youth Film Festival.
The six minute story covers a boy leaving home for college and what objects of his life he must leave behind, including the heartache of a lost loved one.
"Moving On is about a boy going off to college and he has to either decide to throw (giveaway) or keep his items," said Finn, who edited the short film.
"He goes through all these decisions and you start to see him wanting to keep all his items.
"He finds a ring which belongs to his mum, you find out that she has passed away and why it's hard for him to put anything in the throw box.
"There was a couple of editing techniques we used such as still shots. Good editing is being able to cut things and know when things flow smoothly. You always shoot more than you use so the editor can go back and cut different angles.
"There a lot of other good films at Nextwave, it feels good just to be recognised."
The regional film festival gives students aged 12 to 25 an opportunity to tell their stories in short film each year. An annual Awards Presentation and Screening Event was held during Screenwave International Film Festival in both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen during January this year.
SCAS co-ordinator of performing arts, Catherine Grootenboer said the boys filming efforts were advanced beyond their years.
"I aligned our unit of short film in year nine drama to coincide with a Nextwave workshop and it was up to the students to put them into the festival," she said.
"Finn and his mates made the film called 'Moving On' which is a bit like Toy Story Two, it's quite a moving film.
"There were some very cool effects such as the flashbacks and dream sequence, there were some quite professional edits for year nine.
"For 14-year-old boys to be able to cover such an emotional topic it was quite deep and different. It was very thoughtful."
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