Composing music for the community movie being made at Urangan State High School are students Daniel Read (left), Nathan Fullard, Tara Anderson and Katie Farrant with composer Garry McDonald. Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 10h383
Composing music for the community movie being made at Urangan State High School are students Daniel Read (left), Nathan Fullard, Tara Anderson and Katie Farrant with composer Garry McDonald. Photo: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN 10h383

Bay stars on the big screen

WHILE their short-term ambitions may not stretch as far as Hollywood and Oscars, the assiduous students of Urangan State High School are doing their level best not to leave anything to chance.

Fourteen, Frets and Faith is the story of an over-thinking teenager and his wish to own an electric guitar. It is a community movie of the year and it’s coming to a cinema near you in June or July.

It has been a full-on and very involved two-year effort by students and staff at the Hervey Bay school.

Yesterday, with the arrival of renowned composer Garry McDonald to workshop with students on music in movies, the process entered the final straight.

An amusement park scene, which took two years to capture in 3D animation, was the centre of discussion as the 50-minute session with the school’s six composers neared its end.

Mr McDonald talked with students about emotions in scenes and how music or songs add to these scenes, what needs music and what doesn’t.

During the two years producing the film, the school has accessed about $50,000 in funding to lure names like Troy Cassar-Daley, John Foreman and Garry McDonald to the Bay to share their industry wisdom with aspiring movie makers.

“We’ve been really cheeky,” Gordon Collis, head of department arts at the school, said.

“We send emails to the top people and see what happens.

“The people who have come here have been really humble and just so excited to work with youths.

“The script, the score, everything has been done here. We wanted to push the skills of staff and the levels of students.”



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