Tegan Joiner, our Victorian winner in 2016, talks about her experience making a film for Hidden Others. You can view her video at the end of this post.
What inspired you to take part in last year’s competition?
For me personally, I’ve always had a passion for filmmaking and I thought that this film competition would provide me with a good opportunity to develop my film making skills but also challenge me. I also was incredibly interested in the topic of youth homelessness and wanted to share the knowledge I had gained when I visited The Salvation Army.
What are your top tips for creating a short film?
My top tips from creating a short film are:
- Be as original as you can.
- Be willing to take risks.
- Think strongly about the message you are wanting to portray to the audience and how effectively you can do this. For me, I wanted to impact the audience on a highly emotional level and provide them with a different perspective on what youth homelessness is actually like.
- Be patient. It can sometimes take a while to put a film together and perfect your ideas. The more you plan and think through the plausibility of your film, the better it will be.
- Think of how you can use camera and audio to connect the audience to the action happening in the film.
What was the most rewarding part of creating your film?
The most rewarding part about creating my film was seeing the numerous different reactions it produced. For me, I made this film solely to communicate a message and increase my filming abilities.
Hearing of people’s reactions to the film and how it impacted them on a personal and emotional level is an achievement I was striving to reach from the moment I started filming.
It thrills me to think of how my film has assisted in educating those who are unaware of the extent of this issue and perhaps shifting their viewpoints to one of understanding. Additionally, creating this film also expanded my ability to think creatively and communicate a message through the use of visual representation.
The film topic of Youth Homelessness and how it is hidden in Australia I found challenged me and therefore inspired to take a risk and do something different.
What did your film mean to you?
Personally, I think filmmaking is a beautiful tool of expression. From when I was little I had always shown enormous empathy towards those who suffered from homelessness. This film was my way of expressing my empathy and the views I have had since I was a small girl.
What advice do you have to this year’s filmmakers?
- Be willing to think ‘outside of the box’
- Be open to taking risks with your ideas and creating something unique
- Think of things from different perspectives and avoid stereotypical approaches
- Explore and analysis how you can communicate your message clearly to the audience
- Think of what emotional impact you want your film to have and how you will produce this
Watch Tegan’s winning film