Aspiring filmmaker sets sights on final

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 6, 2020

BUDDING student filmmaker Josh Clark has reached the grand final of this year’s CinefestOZ Cinesnaps Short Film Competition.

The Year 11 Great Southern Grammar pupil drew inspiration from his passion for nature photography to craft his five-minute short film Suitcase Story.

Suitcases were the mandatory theme of the competition and Josh’s plot is based around the journey of a suitcase after it falls off a boat and washes ashore.

He filmed scenes at Whalers Cove and Ledge Beach with his Canon 1200D and GoPro as these locations provided colourful on-shore and underwater backdrops.

“It would mean a lot,” Josh said, when asked his opinion on winning. “I don’t have a lot of experience with videography so it would be good to see if people like my stuff.” Media teacher Katie Gunning said Josh was a star student and excelled at all tasks given to him in class.

“He is definitely one of our highest achieving Year 11s,” she said.

“There’s not much left to teach him in cinematography because he teaches himself a lot and he is very intuitive.

“We’re very proud of him.”

Josh is up against Bella Montgomery from Busselton Senior High, Poppy Treloar from Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, Timothy Coleman from Manea Senior College, James Kenworthy and Cooper Warrick from Cape Naturalist College, Julia Spencer, Olivia Teede, Ashton Thompson and Joe Van Nierop from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School and Luka Coulson from Manea Senior College.

The screening of all films will occur at the grand final in Busselton on August 27.