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ARRA team finalists in film competition

From robotics to the silver screen

By Carolyn Sloan


A group of tech-savvy students from Annapolis Royal Regional Academy are about to hit the big screen.

For the past several months, the team has been working on a film, which they starred in, directed, produced, and edited on their own, under the guidance of teacher Gary Walsh. The film was accepted as a Top 10 finalist in the Green Screen Challenge and will be playing at Empire Cinemas in Bayers Lake on April 27 as part of the Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth.

The film project is the second major technological achievement for the students. Last year, several of the members of the current film team competed in the Robotics Programming Challenge at Acadia University, where they demonstrated their skills in the fields of robotics and nanotechnology. According to Walsh, the film project was another way to encourage kids to use technology in creative ways. A hands-off advisor, Walsh was tremendously proud of his students, who came up with the clever idea of doing a film about the tidal power plant in Annapolis Royal. “Here we have sitting in our own backyard [something] one-of-a-kind in North America,” he says.

Walsh adds that the film’s focus was particularly fitting, given that Nova Scotia Power is the sponsor for the Green Screen Challenge. The students also supplemented their official submission with a playful and entertaining gag reel.

As finalists in the competition, the students will have an opportunity to win monetary prizes between $1000 and $100, as well as scholarships from the Nova Scotia Community College, admission to an Arts Academy Camp offered by Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and a chance to be entered in the Nordic Youth Film Festival Global Film Program in Norway.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Annapolis Royal Regional Academy, Empire Cinemas Acadia University Nova Scotia Power Arts Academy Camp Ross Creek Centre Nordic

Geographic location: Bayers Lake, Annapolis Royal, North America Norway

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