On-Air Promotions career pathway seminar – Channel 7

Graham Donald – Seven Network’s Creative Director of On-Air Promotions & Advertising, will conduct a seminar about the On-Air Promotions career pathway with you. He will talk about On-Air Promotions career pathways and provide insight into the career of an On Air Promotions Producer.

Last year a graduating BComm Media student was successful in gaining one of only a few paid full time traineeships in the country.

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So come along and find about how to gain a traineeship, or if not in your final year, learn what could be in stock for you.

Its also a very interesting lecture on how promos are made.

Media industry seminar series

RMIT Epic Journey promo poster 2015


Pack your compass and your map!
The final year Media students are excited to announce their 2015 media industry seminar series, focusing on how you can build and shape your career.

WHEN: Friday 4-5:30pm(ish)*
WHERE: RMIT Building 80.2.2 (street level at the back), Swanston St

Filmmaking mates from RMIT

You may have seen this advertisement currently appearing on Australian television featuring the filmmaking duo of Julian Lucas and Jarred Osborn.

Both Julian and Jarred are graduates of RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Julian in the Media program and Jarrod in the Professional Communication program where students can choose to specialise in Media).

See more of their diverse work at Lips.

The two also recently enjoyed success as winners of Australia’s premier short film competition, Tropfest, with the black comedy Granny Smith.

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Student-organised Industry Seminars

Each year students in RMIT’s Media Program conceptualise, organise, run and document a series of public seminar events in which a diverse range of established media industry practitioners are invited to participate in panel discussions about the state of the industry and also offer invaluable advice to aspiring makers on how to break in, the current ‘lay of the land’, and career pathway opportunities. The students are in their final semester* before heading out in to the world and it is a useful time to rethink possibilities for where they go next (and how), and to further build their industry networks.

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2013 FreshMeat series

Check out the line-ups, guests, images for the past two years at these sites.

Many thanks to our special guests who have generously contributed their time and knowledge.

From Wanted: Breaking In (TV) 2014

(*Until 2014 these seminars were part of the work undertaken by students in the third-year course Media Industries 2. From 2015 they will be part of the second semester course, Media 6)

BOFA Short Film Award

Congratulations to recent BComm Media graduate (2014), Michael Johnston, whose short film To be a poet won the BOFA (Breath of Fresh Air) Film Festival Short Award in November 2014.

‘Clocking in at less than 3 minutes in duration, To Be A Poet is a simple but powerful short about Abraham Nouk. Nouk came to Australia from Sudan, unable to read, write or speak a word of English. Now, he is an award-winning spoken word artist and poet.’

The film was conceived and initially produced within the BComm Media second year course, Film-TV2 in the latter part of 2013.

Michael is currently in the process of turning the film into a longer-form documentary. He tells us that the short film will be released as part of a crowdfunding campaign to get the project off the ground.

Also, To Be a Poet was the only Australian film to be selected in the Sound & Image Challenge Worldwide, which recently took place in Macau, China.
Abraham Nouk & Michael Johnston winners of BOFA Short Film Award with Martin simpson (middle, judge)
Abraham Nouk and Michael Johnston (far right) receiving the award.

The Dressmaker – RMIT Media Adjunct Professor in the news

RMIT Media has a number of Adjunct Professors. These are honorary appointments of influential practitioners and/or researchers in our area. Through their association with the School they generously  provide expertise and guidance for staff around issues affecting the industry as well as occasionally participating in School life through events such as guest lectures and workshops.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have accomplished Australian film and multi-platform producer, Sue Maslin, as an Adjunct Professor for a number of years. Reproduced below is a recent RMIT News Story about one of her latest projects – current students should read her encouraging comments at the end of the story about the state of the industry and making a career in it.

RMIT pair set to wow Hollywood with ‘The Dressmaker’

RMIT alumnus Rosalie Ham never imagined her first novel would be published, let alone sell more than 50,000 copies.

RMIT alumnus and author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham.

RMIT alumnus and author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham.
Producer Sue Maslin at Docklands Studios during filming.

Producer Sue Maslin at Docklands Studios during filming.

And this year, the author of The Dressmaker will see the words she penned 14 years ago as part of her RMIT coursework brought to life in a feature film, starring some of Hollywood’s finest.

Ms Ham said it was “more surreal than real” to have luminaries Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis star in the film, which was filmed on location in Victoria and at Melbourne’s Docklands Studios last year.

“I haven’t found a metaphor that will express what it’s like,” she said.

“Actresses of the calibre of Kate Winslet and Judy Davis just affirm for me that the story I wrote is a story that deserves to be told, and told well.”

Set in the 1950s, The Dressmaker revolves around a glamorous woman, Tilly – played by Winslet – who returns to her small town in rural Australia after years refining her craft as an haute couture dressmaker in Paris.

With her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly transforms the women of the town.

Ms Ham said her upbringing in regional New South Wales and the tendency for locals to want to know everything about everyone had inspired her writing.

“My mother was a dressmaker in a small country town, and the idiosyncrasies of those two factors were the seed for the story,” she said.

Ms Ham began writing The Dressmaker in 1996 as part of her Advanced Diploma of Arts, Professional Writing and Editing (now Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing) at RMIT.

“The course taught me how to approach writing short stories and novels, and how to read well,” she said.

“Primarily, I learnt the craft of writing, not just the idealised image of what a writer does, and is.”

It has been a long journey from those formative years at university to now, and Ms Ham has been assisted throughout the film production process by renowned Australian film industry figure, School of Media and Communication Adjunct Professor Sue Maslin, a long-time friend.

The two in fact grew up in Jerilderie in regional New South Wales and went away to the same boarding school.

Adjunct Professor Maslin, The Dressmaker’s producer, was instantly drawn to story and said there was so much to love about it.

Of particular interest was the exciting imagery the couture costumes created, as they were completely at odds with small town rural Australia circa 1951.

But perhaps the most important element of the story was the strong leading female characters, which was the key to attracting two of the best actors in the world – Kate Winslet and Judy Davis – to the film.

Winslet receives around 200 scripts per year, from which she only chooses two or three to work on.

“We were overjoyed when she read the script and said yes,” Adjunct Professor Maslin said.

“It reinforced the fact that your story can’t just be a good idea; it has to be a really great idea and a great script.”

Adjunct Professor Maslin, who has also produced Japanese Story (starring Toni Collette) and executive produced Irresistible (starring Susan Sarandon) has enjoyed a career in Australian film that has spanned almost 30 years.

She got her start in media working as a producer on community radio in Canberra, before “stumbling upon a media degree”.

“It was one of those life-changing moments, where you find what you love,” she said.

“Film and media gives you an extraordinary licence to go into other worlds, and that is what has really kept me going all of these years.”

And as a producer, she said it was her job and greatest challenge to act as the guardian of emotion throughout the process.

“I love the challenge of protecting the emotion I felt when I first read the script or novel, right through the entire process over many, many years, so the audience member can go through that same experience as I did,” she said.

Adjunct Professor Maslin, who also teaches media, said the most important skill for media and communication graduates these days was to have a cross-platform understanding of how media works.
Graduates, she said, need to be able to migrate ideas across those platforms – such as cinema, television, games, online and e-books.

“As media consumers, we are constantly moving across media platforms,” she said.

“So we need to do the same as producers and reflect our audiences’ desires and needs.

“RMIT is much more responsive to real world media than a lot of the traditional film schools, who tend to still work on old models.”

Despite the doom and gloom around Australia’s film and media industry, Adjunct Professor Maslin said the future was bright and graduates from RMIT’s media and communication programs would still have exciting career prospects.

“We live in an era of media and communication, so there are incredible opportunities out there,” she said.

The Dressmaker is currently in post-production and is set for release in October.

Something for Straya Day

It’s almost that time of year when Australia celebrates (and some protest) the officially designated national Australia Day holiday. One of the BComm Media program’s former students, Terry Mann, who graduated in 2008, has produced this contemporary alternative to the national anthem. He is getting lots of views of video on various social media as well as a bit of attention in conventional national and international media. Read this local ABC coverage here. Onya Terry!

Terry is currently a freelance digital producer after having worked at Clemenger BBDO as a Digital Producer. He also makes and plays music as Coach Bombay.
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The biggest night of the year

Always a pleasure to be part of our annual graduation ceremony in mid-December. For staff, it’s a really satisfying ritual to close out the year and RMIT definitely does it differently with its massive event at the Etihad Stadium in the Docklands (6,600 graduates and 27,000 family and friends attending). For graduates its a great moment to take stock and celebrate the hard work and achievements. All the best to the BComm Media graduates of 2014, some of whom are pictured below.

(Image source: Rachel Wilson)

Social shorts

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Support our graduating students

AFI | AACTA Social Shorts Powered by Genesis showcases short films as they go head-to-head to win in three categories — Drama, Comedy and Independent film. Voting is open for two weeks per category, with the category winner announced each fortnight.

Now is your chance to join the search for Australia’s top new filmmakers as they make their mark via Social Shorts. Vote for your favourites by liking and sharing on social media today.