Short Film Otago (SFO) is running a series of workshops at Logan Park High School for students who are interested in getting into the screen industry.

The SFO Schools Film Club is a pilot programme supported by the NZ Writers Guild and the Otago Community Trust and aims to guide pupils in developing film ideas they can then submit for the SFO programme.

Short Film Otago trustee and NZ Writers Guild Southern region representative Allan Baddock said there was a gap between the film training offered in schools and applications from students to SFO.

“We work to encourage and nurture emerging writers to make short films as a way of getting into the short film industry.”

There would be six to eight workshops to teach pupils what was involved in writing a good short film script, he said.

Students were encouraged to work on their ideas between workshops.

Mr Baddock hoped to expand the workshops to schools around Otago.

Logan Park High School year 13 pupil Daniel Clayton said the workshops were helpful.

“[We are] figuring out what’s a good idea and what’s not a good idea [and] getting the idea down on paper.”

Logan Park High School deputy principal Kristan Mouat was pleased the pupils who were passionate about film-making could get access to experts who could pass on their knowledge.

The pupils were able to learn more about film-making as a career.

“The kids can see a credible career.”