Former local shoots ambitious short film in Shepp

By Liz Mellino

A passion for film has guided former Shepparton local Andy Burkitt to the big screen.

The 21-year-old Deakin University student recently finished production on a short film he wrote and directed as part of his university studies.

With a love for Shepparton and its rural scenery, Mr Burkitt said he knew he wanted to include some of his home town in the film.

‘‘I came down with 20 other Deakin University students to Shepparton so the bulk of the filming was in a more rural area,’’ he said.

‘‘We filmed most of it at night from 6pm ’til 8am.’’

Mr Burkitt wrote the film in his scriptwriting class, and his work was one of nine pieces chosen to be made into a final production.

The self-funded short films will be entered into a number of local and international film festivals, along with a black-tie screening at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne.

Mr Burkitt said he spent time developing the script into an ambitious period comedy set in the 19th century.

‘‘A grave robber, Bobby, digs the grave of a recently deceased young beauty, Elizabeth, who turns out to not be deceased as he was led to believe,’’ he said.

‘‘Together they team up to go after the person who buried her alive.’’

With filming finished, Mr Burkitt said he was looking forward to seeing the final product come to life.

The former Wanganui Park Secondary College student said he’d always had a passion for film and directing, and was eager to expand his network and travel overseas in the coming years.

‘‘I want to direct as much as I can and make as many short films as possible in the next few years,’’ he said.

‘‘I would love to build a network, keep growing and travel overseas to Vancouver to get my foot in the industry there as well as getting into the growing cinema industry in Australia.’’

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