Pupils from Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools could become young filmakers , as they head along the corridor to Levenmouth’s new Academy.
Levenmouth’s Community Safety Panel has agreed to finance the production of a short film, entitled ‘Choices For Life’ – which youngsters from both schools will work on before the transformation into the new secondary in August 2016.
The 10-minute feature is set to highlight the dangers posed by certain lifestyle choices – in particular, the misuse of substances such as drugs, alcohol, solvents, smoking, and more.
The panel, at its annual general meeting in Methil last Wednesday, heard the production would supplement existing work being done with the schools, and another film being produced about the local history and the amalgamation of Buckhaven and Kirkland.
Panel members agreed to commit the £4000 needed to make the new film, with a view to asking Fife Council for support through the area services section and the Levenmouth area committee.
Levenmouth Community Inspector Tom Brown said the film would be a product which had legacy.
It’s preferable to allow the young people to select their own approach.LCSP
Members felt it would encourage a spirit of the schools working together as they headed to a single new establishment, instead of rivalry.
Regarding the area committee’s position on funding, its chairman, Councillor Tom Adams said some additional talks would have to take place but added: “If we have it, we will support it.”
Social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook also offered potential for the product to go viral as it gained recognition, members heard.
A report before the panel said: The young people will, under the guidance of media professionals, take ownership of the film. The final product will tackle at least one of the substance misuse areas mentiond but it is preferable to allow the young people to select their own approach.”
It was hoped in January 2016 to do research and create ideas, followed by production and filming in February, with the first screening and launch in March .
Other partners included Apex Scotland, the charity which aims to reduce offending and re-offending, and local ‘campus cop’ PC Richard Cartwright, Police Scotland’s YAVRO – Youth Alcohol Violence Reduction Officer – for Levenmouth.