Poverty project from local student inspires

SCREEN TIME: Tim Eddy, 16, of Lennox Head has won an international short film competition.
SCREEN TIME: Tim Eddy, 16, of Lennox Head has won an international short film competition. Doug Eaton

LENNOX HEAD student Tim Eddy has won an international film competition designed to educate about global population issues.

The 16-year-old student from Southern Cross K-12 entered a film in each of the three categories; Climate Change, Global Poverty and Water Sustainability. His graphic animation called The Poverty Trap won $1000 for first place in the Global Poverty category and he was also a finalist in the Climate Change section.

Despite his young age, Tim is already a prolific filmmaker.

A zombie film he made recently won third place in a US science fiction competition and he has previously had films in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, a Singapore film festival, Trop Junior and Little Big Shots.

And while his peers are mowing lawns or working in supermarkets to earn a few dollars, Tim has established a home-based business called Nifty Book Trailers, making short promotional films for authors to help promote their books. He also makes videos of weddings and other functions.

Tim said he found out about the World of 7Billion competition by chance when he was looking for film competitions to enter.

"It was really interesting learning about poverty and how hard it is for people to get out of the poverty cycle.

"It's a big issue and I feel quite strongly about it," he said.

The Poverty Trap combines graphics and statistics with a voiceover by Tim to tell the story of global poverty.

At the end of the one-minute video, the words take the shape of an animal trap.

Tim was inspired by techniques used by the ABC's Hungry Beast program and he taught himself with YouTube tutorials.

Tim has previously made films using live action as well as other forms of animation, including stop motion, and said he taught himself everything through trial and error and free online tutorials.

The competition had about 1000 entries.

Topics:  climate change filmmaking

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