With a lot of help from Altona Green Primary School, a filmmaker has attempted to set a Tropfest record for the most child extras in a movie scene.
Writer and director Aaron Lester Ellis says his record-attempting Tropfest 2015 short film, Spill, is about primary school bullying.
The film is based on events that happened to him in exactly the same schoolground 15 years ago.
“It was shot locally at Altona Green Primary School thanks to principal Karen O’Dowd who was the principal when the actual event happened all those years ago,” the 25-year-old Altona Meadows resident said.
“Over 60 child actors and their very patient parents volunteered to help make this happen.”
The extras record attempt was filmed this month using a drone that gave a bird’s-eye view of nearly the whole schoolground in Altona.
“We are proud to say that the team at Coptercam, who are responsible for all the aerial drone work on recent Aussie smash-hit feature film Paper Planes, offered their services on our film,” Mr Ellis said.
His cousin, Lester Ellis jnr of Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Underbelly fame, is a producer on the film.
Spill wrapped this month and will be released at Tropfest in December.