SpineOut : June 2014
How the Koala Lost His Tail won the award for Best Junior Animation at the prestigious STUFFit National Student Film Festival at Nambour, Queensland. It was shot at The Scots College at the end of 2013 and is a parable about working together told as a Dreamtime story. 'The innovative concept for this animation was captivating and effective,' said Graeme Kelly, Judge of Junior Films at STUFFit. 'Lochlan's film was a clear winner. He is to be congratulated for his efforts and I hope he continues his interest in making films.' The film was made in a Year 8 English class. Lochlan directed Matteo and Oliver. Max, Elijah and Leon filled the production roles. Four indigenous boys were involved. 'It was a great experience producing this movie and I couldn't have done it without the help of all my friends and teachers. I will definitely try it again and recommend it to anyone,' said Lochlan. INTHESPOTLIGHTINTHESPOTLIGHT HOW THE KOALA LOST HIS TAIL Lochlan led his Year 8 English class in the production of How the Koala Lost His Tail. (L to R) Max, Oliver, Leon, Elijah and Lochlan. The film was also a finalist at FlickerUp where it screened at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, in January and it won the Best Junior Film at ScotsFest in 2013. 'The film breaks with normal conventions of animation and blends real action with stop motion. Its great strength is in its colourful storytelling,' said Clare Sawyer, Chair of the FlickerUp Film Festival. 'It’s a film of accomplished production quality and maturity; a strong idea well made.' The film was shortlisted for Trop Jnr. Lochlan also played his didgeridoo with Leon for the film’s soundtrack. All the sound effects were made for the film too. It was shot on a Canon DSLR at six frames a second and features a voiceover by Curtley. Kangaroo and Koala were the two main characters in the film. ISSUE 22 JUN-JUL 2014 The film won a Canon digital SLR camera at ScotsFest which the crew donated to the African charity, Project Ghana. The film won a Canon digital SLR camera at ScotsFest which the crew donated to the African charity, Project Ghana.