Lynfield College student and top silent film maker Joseph Hisayasu has won the Mentoring and Movie Magic award at the Whau Youth Awards held last month at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre. Joseph was nominated by the Iona Scouting Group for the strong leadership and high impact activities he has delivered at Iona Scouts.
Joseph featured in the Beacon in February when he won Best Director for his work on Attack! Of the Death Robot, the movie also taking out the overall top prize at the NZ International Youth Silent Film Festival.
Having spent many years as a scout with Iona, 16-year-old Joseph naturally progressed through the ranks and showed great initiative as a leader and mentor to the younger scouts. Iona Scouts spokesperson Susanne Webster spoke highly of Joseph, commenting that “he has been a fine role model for some years to our Scouts, who have been inspired by his success in the arts”.
A few years ago Joseph made a short film with the group which can be viewed at https://ionascouts.webs.com/scouts. They hope to see him get an Oscar one day so they can claim to be the stars of one of his ‘earlier short films’.
Joseph is taking a break from Scouts to focus on his education and movie making goals. Along with fellow Lynfield College movie makers, Joseph is headed to the IYSFF Global Awards Show in Portland, Oregon this month where they will represent New Zealand with their silent film.
Iona Scouting Group wish Joseph every success with his film making ambitions and are confident his name will be rolling in the credits at movie cinemas in the future.