Footprints in Film was an innovative, collaborative and mentored project for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Year 10 students, with an aim to improve their self-confidence and belief in their culture and life experience.
Under a mentorship agreement between industry professionals and at-risk youth, selected students were introduced to scriptwriting and short-film production. An innovative approach was taken that used their own social dialects, knowledge and experiences to scaffold their learning.
For these students, the existing secondary school curriculum had proved unsuccessful, but through the project they built their academic confidence and improved their ability to use standard English outside the normal curriculum approach.
The project was a partnership between Loganlea State High School, Griffith University, Griffith Film School, The Australian Film and Television and Radio School, Arts Queensland and Q-Pix.
Footprints in Film won its category for the Regional Showcase 2006 Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
The 2005 group of youth-at-risk participants authored two industry-standard scripts collaboratively:
- Deadline, which was produced with the help of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with additional funding and support from Griffith University
- Yahgaay, an animated short film.
Teachers and parents also indicated significant change in participants’ attitudes to schooling and their ability to negotiate problematic situations at school and home.