Tannum High gets short film win
THE short film group at Tannum Sands State High School, led by teacher Brian Rowe, impressed the judges at this year's Rocky Fringe Festival earning two gongs.
Year 12 student Shem Bryant, who was the star of the film A Dog's Day, which won the Audience Choice Award, was there to see the school walk away with that award as well as the Best Script Award for the film School of the Future.
In A Dogs' Day, Shem plays the owner to Rowe's aging, three-legged dog Banjo and also gets to try his hand at puppetry with a fake paw.
Mr Rowe started the short film group three years ago and it filmed this particular project in term four last year.
"People love animals and I thought Banjo is a loveable dog,'' Mr Rowe said about the film's inception.
"And I just tried to come up with some hijinks that he could get up to.
"I thought: 'geez the kids will play really well opposite him in this'."
Shem, who has been in the combined school musical Honk as well as a number of his high school's productions, has a natural affinity to comedy and that was exactly what Mr Rowe looked for when casting.
"I try and watch out for students who not only have acting ability, but there's a bit of a sense of humour there and Shem fits into that," he said.
Shem said it was a great experience to have under his belt and that although it was just one afternoon of filming, it was a lot of fun.
"I'm just really glad they gave us an award for the short film," he said.
To this Mr Rowe joked: "I'm really glad they gave us the cash."