Lights, camera, action at Laois schools

A host of shcools around Laois have been recognised for taking part in project to nurture filmmaking in our schools.

A host of shcools around Laois have been recognised for taking part in project to nurture filmmaking in our schools.

This year Ballyadams National School, Gaelscoil tSlí Dála, Borrin-in-Ossory NS, Shanganamore NS, Portlaoise Educate Together and St Patricks BNS Portarlington took part in the FÍS (Film in School).

The Laois Education Centre has been involved in this project since the beginning and actively encourages schools in its catchment to participate in this very exciting project.

Each year the students are asked to make a short five minutes film. Teachers are provided with support and guidance by the Laois Education Centre.

This year the Laois regional screening of FÍS took place in Storm Cinema, Portlaoise on Tuesday, May 22 much to the delight of the large audience in attendance. Here the children, teachers and parents from schools in Laois and Offaly saw for the first time on the big screen the films they have made through their participation in the FIS project.

Scripting, storyboarding, casting, acting, directing, operating the camera, lights, wardrobe, hair, makeup, props and sound effects were just some of the roles taken on by the students.

Nine films were shown on the day, ranging from documentaries to dramas, educational productions and one adaptation of a well known novel.

Ms Kathleen O’Connor, Principal of one of the participating schools and representative of the Management Committee of Laois Education Centre thanked all the students, parents and teachers for their involvement in a hugely successful Film in Schools for 2012.

Jim Enright, Director of Laois Education Centre, acknowledged the wonderful dedication and work of the various schools involved in the project and commented on the quality of the films produced.

The FÍS (Film in School) project was initially set up in 2000 as a pilot project in twenty-eight selected schools to explore film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and to introduce children to aspects of the film making process.

FÍS is based at the National Film School at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADA).