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Fís Film Project

For the past three years pupils from St. Mary's N.S. have participated in the Fís silm project for primary schools.  Fís was 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.  It was highly successful and soon expanded to a nationwide project.

The fís film project requires the children to work as a team through the film making process, to create a short film on their chosen topic.  The children were guided through each stage of the film making process including crew selection, pre-production organisation, filming and scene creation and also post production tasks of editing and logging.

In 2008 the pupils of 4th class and their techer Ms. Keohane, created their film titled 'Horror in the Classroom'.  This film highlighted the effective use of special effects and went on to win the award of 'Best Visual Effects'.

In 2009 3rd and 4th Class along with their teacher Ms. Walsh endevoured to maintain the high standard of film making set the previous year.  The class created a film incorporating the SPHE curriculum entitled 'Bullying in the Classroom'.  This film won the award for 'Best Acted Film' and has also been used within the school as part of our Bullying Awareness programme.

The schools participation in the Fís project has been extremely beneficial and has succeeded in helping the children develop essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication and team work.  The children also developed additional skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, investigation and analysis.  Both teachers and children found the experience enriching and rewarding.

In 2010 3rd class participated in the Fís project.  the children were required to produce, direct and edit their own original film.  The children worked tirelessly to produce a great film entitled 'Cool School News' which went on to win 'Best Comedy Film' in the Fís Film Festival in the West Cork Education Centre.  Well done to all who participated.

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