Monday, 7 June 2021

Filmmaking workshops to inspire local students

Students at high schools across the Hinkler electorate will learn filmmaking and screen production from an Academy Award winning cinematographer in workshops coming to the region.

 Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated Greg Huglin and the Noosa Film Academy which was a successful applicant under the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. 

“The Noosa Film Academy has been holding digital cross artform workshops and community show case events all over Queensland and now they are coming to Hinkler,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s fantastic that our local students get to learn from an Academy Award winning cinematographer who is sharing his skills with the next generation of filmmakers.”

“The RISE fund is helping reinvigorate the arts sector and the Noosa Film Academy received $298,445 under the third round of this funding program.”

 Starting today, schools across Bundaberg, Childers and Hervey Bay will be visited by Mr Huglin and the Noosa Film Academy. With 50 years of film-making experience behind him, Mr Huglin moved to Australia on a distinguished talent visa and made a commitment to give back by teaching Queensland youth.

“Smart phones and the internet are offering story telling platforms to rural youth, I hope to inspire teenagers with the production skills to become digital entrepreneurs, content creators and generate their own creative employment,” said Mr Huglin.

During the workshops, students are recruited into hands-on roles as Mr Huglin’s film crew, teaching them how to shoot scenes from a storyboard with a state-of-the-art Red Epic 5k Ultra HD Camera.

The Umbrella Storyboard sees a student bring an umbrella into the classroom and with it arrives an act of kindness. 

“From there it’s up to the students where the story goes. We’ve delivered hundreds of workshops all over the Queensland and I’m always inspired by the acting and improv skills of Queensland teenagers.”

Mr Huglin explained that shooting a film is a team effort and requires 21st Century skills of critical and creative thinking, collaboration, social skills and information communication and technology. 

After the students learn the advanced nuances of editing, the short film will be uploaded to YouTube and become a useful addition to the students’ digital portfolio for career and tertiary pathways.

“This type of industry engagement provides students with a hands-on, real world experience of vocational choices in the creative industries,” Mr Huglin said.

There will also be two Red Carpet Community Screening Events where the student films will be premiered along with a movie montage of Mr Huglin’s work, with a meet the filmmaker question and answer session. 

The Coalition Government has committed $100 million through the RISE Fund to help to rejuvenate Australia’s arts sector from COVID-19, and has supported festivals, concerts, tours, productions and events, particularly in regional and remote areas.

This funding has created over 89,000 job opportunities and expanded cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.


Greg Huglin shares an Oscar for his work on “The Cove” the 2010 eco-documentary exposing the senseless slaughter of dolphins in Japan. 

Over the years working as an independent filmmaker, Greg has filmed more than 200 commercials for high profile organisations including Qantas, National Geographic, Canon, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, Roche and more recently Lipton Tea, Volvo Penta and Illuma which were shot in Queensland.

Greg has been involved with many films including Surfing Dolphins, Shark Park, Fantasea and In Quest of the Sun which gained a silver medal at Cannes Film Festival.

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