Loftus TAFE students are in a buzz with Illawarra Beekeepers Association to help boost bee populations

Hive of activity: TAFE NSW Loftus students filmed a project about declining bee numbers, entirely on an iPhone.
Hive of activity: TAFE NSW Loftus students filmed a project about declining bee numbers, entirely on an iPhone.

TAFE NSW Loftus students have been busy as bees as part of their latest project that highlights the declining bee population.

Students got behind the camera and filmed their project alongside the Illawarra Beekeepers Association.

The community-based project saw Certificate IV Screen and Media students created short films that gave them experience of producing content for a real client.

Teacher Nicolas Bleszynski said the aim was to inspire more aspiring film-makers to start their journey with TAFE NSW.

Busy bees: The aim of the film project is to highlight declining bee populations.

Busy bees: The aim of the film project is to highlight declining bee populations.

"We wanted to do some community-based projects to give students from the Shire experience of producing content for a real client with real deadlines," he said.

"Small groups like the Illawarra Beekeepers Association are the real heroes because they are leading the charge to increase bee populations by encouraging amateur beekeepers to set up their own hives to encourage pollination for plants, flowers and crops.

"When we met with the Illawarra Beekeepers Association they said a short video would really help them spread the message, so we agreed to collaborate on a project with the students."

Students also interviewed association president, Penny Dowyn, for their project. Content was captured on an iPhone, and the short films will remain on the TAFE NSW YouTube page.

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