B.C(M) Industry Talks: Karim Ford Sarhan

B.Comm(Media) Industry Talks is a webinar series for students in RMIT’s Bachelor of Communication (Media) program. This talk was recorded live on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

FILM DISTRIBUTION & STREAMING MEDIA with ATLASSHORTS

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, online media, streaming, and the digital media landscape are more important than they’ve ever been. How is this global phenomenon affecting the creative industries? What will the landscape look like once the immediate threat has passed? What opportunities are creators given here?

In addition to these questions, we talk about what film distribution is, and how it’s evolved with digital technology. What roles/careers are available here? How might students use their degrees to pick up skills that are useful in creative industries?

Our guest is KARIM FORD SARHAN — actor, film director, and managing director and founder of Australian streaming platform Atlasshorts.

Media partners with Atlasshorts

A number of Bachelor of Communication (Media) student works are now streaming on Atlasshorts (formerly Exile Shorts). This is the result of 18 months of collaboration between Media and the Atlasshorts team. Six student works have been licensed, and many more recent Media studio productions and archival works are being considered for publication.

RMIT now shares the platform with esteemed Australian and international institutions including AFTRS, Ringling College of Art + Design, the British Film Institute, USC Cinematic Arts, and the National Film Board of Canada. The Media and Cinema teams are also making use of the platform in the classroom, as it streams quality short works from recent and historic filmmakers.

Log in to watch some amazing films now!

Three more exciting tidbits:

1) From April to June 2020, Atlasshorts and the B.Comm(Media) program will be offering remote internship opportunities to assist students affected by work attachment cancellations due to COVID-19.

2) Later in Semester 1, guests from Atlasshorts will join us for a live webinar on streaming media, film distribution, and the Australian media landscape.

3) Atlasshorts wants your work! Check the announcement on Canvas for more info.

B.Comm(Media): COVID-19 and Online Learning

See below a quick announcement/update from program manager Dan Binns:

The gist of the above is that we are currently working to shift the remainder of Semester 1 to online delivery. Thank you so much for your patience with all of us, and we really can’t wait to see you all back on campus as soon as possible! Meanwhile, check Canvas and your emails regularly, attend scheduled online sessions, and keep up with your assessments as best you’re able — and reach out to us if you need any help.

Semester 1 Course Coordinators:

Details on Program Canvas Shell — click here.

Academic Advice:

  1. Log in to the RMIT Connect Student Portal
  2. Select “Course and Program Advice” in the left-hand column.
  3. Fill in and submit your ticket. Please allow 24 hours for a response (we’re getting a lot at the moment!)

RMIT Resources:

Non-RMIT Resources:

Where to get help:

Media team success: Wild Honey

Media program lecturers Seth Keen and Paul Ritchard, with Research Assistant Cormac Mills Ritchard, have had great recent success with the collaborative ethnographic documentary work Wild Honey.

The documentary Wild Honey: Caring for bees in a divided land was picked up in 2019 by Ronin Films for worldwide cinema and DVD release. Recent 2020 screening successes include Timor Television GMNTV, the Film Expo at the 2020 North American Asian Studies Conference, Boston, and Royal Geographical Society, London conference film screening.

Credits include (University of Melbourne) Anthropologist – Geographer, Lisa Palmer Camera, Audio and Director, (RMIT staff) Seth Keen Creative Producer, Cormac Mills Ritchard Editor, and Paul Ritchard Consultant Editor.

Still from documentary Wild Honey.

This project has led to another ARC Discovery documentary, Customary Approaches to Healing in Timor-Leste, which has started 2020 post-production.

See the trailer for Wild Honey on Vimeo. Well done team!

Media student work to Screen at Reel Good Film Festival

The short documentary film NOW DEPARTING PLATFORM 1 — directed by B.Comm (Media) student Lucy Edwards, and produced by Edwards, Tess Macallan and Eamon Willis — will screen as part of the 6th Annual REEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL at the Lido Cinema on Saturday March 14th at 12.00PM and 4.PM.

The film was created as part of the REAL TO REEL Media Studio (led by Rohan Spong) in 2019. It celebrates a sense of community within a local railway station and shines a light on retiring station master Jim Jaworski of Auburn Train Station.

The film had previously taken out the top prize at the RUSU (RMIT Student Union) Film Festival.

Still image from the film Now Departing from Platform 1.

Welcome 2020 Media crew!

New Bachelor of Communication (Media) students were welcomed at the program Orientation event on Monday 24 February 2020. The students were welcomed (appropriately) in the Media Portal: the event had a quick run-through of the program, intros to the Media team and each other, a zippy tour of the campus, and then back to the Portal for lunch.

All the best for your studies!

 

Welcome Djoymi Baker!

We are delighted to welcome to the Media/Cinema team Dr Djoymi Baker, who has been appointed as an Early Career Development Fellow. Djoymi is an established teacher and researcher in film and media studies, and has published numerous articles on film and television, on topics such as fandom, myth in popular culture, and genre studies.

Djoymi is the author of To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Trek (2018) and the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014). Recent work appears in The Age of Netflix (2017) and The New Peplum (2018), and in The Soundtrack journal (2019).

Djoymi will be teaching into Introduction to Cinema Studies and True Lies: Documentary Studies in Semester 1, so please make her feel welcome!

Media Studios – Sem 1, 2020

Hi everyone, and welcome/back to 2020!

Here’s the amazing list of Media Studios running in Semester 1, 2020:

ALTERNATIVE MOBILE MEDIA
Exploring non-western media technology through analysis and making experiments

CLIMATE CHANGING MEDIA
The political and poetic possibilities of climate change communications

DELIBERATE FILM
The learning of filmmaking inspired by prompts and guided with constraints

DEMAGOGUES, DOUBTERS AND DOUCHEBAGS
The voice-over in documentary film

DOCUMENTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Imaging new futures

EXPERIMENT. SCREEN. SENSATION.
Screen art and film workshop

FACT CHECK
Figuring out fake news and post-truth, a collaboration with RMIT ABC Fact Check

THE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE
Conceiving and mounting a film festival

FROM SCREEN TO STREET
A video collaboration with HRAFF 2020

FUTURE MACHINA
Creating contemporary futurology with film, video, audio & immersive art

GREEN MEDIA
Making media in partnership with Friends of the Earth’s ‘Act on Climate’ campaign

INFINITE LISTS
Poetic approaches to media production

MAKING EMBODIMENT
Media making through, with and about the sensing body

MAKING SENSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Exploring social media as a space for research and creative media making; a collaboration with Sensis

REAL TO REEL
Self directed non-fiction project

ROOM WITH A VIEW
Live to air radio as a site for collaborative production and distribution; in collaboration with RRR

THE SCENE IN CINEMA
Studies in camera coverage

For more details, head over to the Studios site. And let us know what you’d like to see more of in future semesters!

Rough Cut Film

A huge congratulations to B.Comm(Media) grad (and current Honours student) Samuel Harris and fellow alumni of the MIFF Critics’ Campus, who have established the film criticism website Rough Cut. The site will house reviews of films, festivals, interviews and other cinema-related articles.

The website was also recently featured on Criterion Daily, so is getting some serious international traction (and traffic!):

A group of young critics in Australia have banded together and launched an online publication, Rough Cut.Among the highlights so far are Ivana Brehas’s audiovisual essay on “moments of physical opposition” in Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky (1976), André Shannon’s interview with Carlos Reygadas, and Valerie Ng’s essay on Jacques Tati’s Mon oncle (1958), which “draws humor from the community of things, the collective action, and the culmination of parts—the architecture of rooms, windows, and doors; of people, children, and dogs, materializing a gentle portrait of social practice.”

Well done Rough Cut team!

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