News satire 'ZWN News' is April's Film of the Month

12 May 2016 in Film of the Month

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News satire 'ZWN News' is April's Film of the Month

We're delighted to announce that our Film of the Month winner for April 2016 is comedy news pastiche ZWN News, made by Zac from Davenies school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

Emphatically a one-man show, ZWN News is a hilarious and witty pastiche of rolling news, in which reporter Zac spreads himself thin to coverall aspects of the news and weather in his broadcast even when the breaking stories reveal some unexplained goings-on! With impressively professional presentation, this is a cheeky and satirical spin on the format of the supposedly ‘serious' daily update.

This month's entry was judged entirely by members of our Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which means that Zac's was film chosen as the winner by a panel of his own peers, going to show just how appealing his film is to young audiences. "I like this film because Zac's personality came across in it and he really connected with the audience", commented one member of the YAC. "Very funny", and "He had some amazing one liners" said others.

We spoke to 11-year old Zac about what went into making his winning film:

I go to Davenies school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and I am 11 (Year 7). I am leaving at the end of this summer term to go to RGS (Royal Grammar School) in High Wycombe.

I feel very excited and proud at winning one of Into Film's competitions. I have previously entered into your Greatest Generation competition, where I discovered how big and difficult to win your competitions are! This is also a great inspiration to keep going on with my movies, and I hope to enter into another of your competitions soon!

I began making films in Year 5, when I was 9, but they were just films I did with friends with no real editing. I really began to edit movies in Year 6, when I was 10, as part of a school project. The teacher told us we could make a short film for our homework, if we wanted to, as part of the project, and it really inspired me. The project was all about if we are alone in the universe, a very interesting topic for me.

To start making a film, you need to take into account 3 things. The first thing is a subject or hobby you enjoy; anything will do, as long as you are happy making a film about it. The second thing is a movie making software; I used iMovie for my winning film, as it is easy to use and contains lots of screen filters, transitions, etc. The final thing is a movie camera. I just use my tablet, because it records decent film and it is easy to upload my film to the computer, where I edit it. If you have all those things, then you should be ok!

My favourite film? This took a lot of consideration because I have never really thought about it before! In the end, I came to the conclusion of Nanny McPhee. It contains lots of good acting, music and is also quite funny.

ZWN News will now be showcased to over 300,000 film club members online and on the Into Film YouTube channel, and also secured Zac a £100 Amazon voucher plus an Into Film goodie bag with which to help further develop future films. If you've been inspired by April's winner, click here to find out how you can enter our ongoing Film of the Month competition.

If you liked ZWN News, why not try these related films:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Recommended for 5+) In the mundane town of Chew and Swallow, zany inventor Flynn mixes things up when one of his creations goes haywire - creating both news and weather simultaneously!
  • Bolt (Recommended for 7+) Canine superhero Bolt gets a reality check when he is accidentally shipped to New York and separated from the studio - and his beloved owner Penny. Struggling to find his feet in the real world, he must rely on new streetwise friends to make his way back onto TV.
  • Harriet the Spy (Recommended for 7+) Harriet's enthusiastic note-taking gets her in trouble when her detailed observations on the neighbourhood's goings-on find their way into the wrong hands.
  • Citizen Kane (Recommended for 11+) Being rich, powerful and shaping how people see the world is shown to have its problems in this fascinating film that pieces together the life story of a media mogul in order to discover the meaning of his dying words.

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