Competition success could open doors for trio

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Three Dunstan High School pupils are now considering expanding into the movie business after their short film on sustainability was awarded first prize in the MAD4CO Video Competition recently.

Conor Stumbles, Ben Elliot-Miller and Kirk Tamblyn joined forces to create a short film on sustainability and actions people could take to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ben said the filming took a day and was followed by an “intensive editing session”.

A total of six teams from Roxburgh Area School, Dunstan High School and Cromwell College entered the competition, which was sponsored by the United States Embassy, Otago Museum participatory science project and Bodeker Scientific.

Teams were mentored by a climate scientist and a videographer.

The trio won $3000 for their school and another $3000 cheque to share among themselves.

Conor said they would discuss with the school how the money would be spent, although it would have to go towards something environmentally friendly.

12, and although they have plans to go to university they are now considering making a business out of their movie-making skills.

Conor said the film had reminded them about the importance of living sustainably.

“It will always be in the back of our minds with everything we do now.”