Internship Available – Global Reconciliation

This internship opportunity has a PR focus, but us savvy Media bods can cut across most disciplines — if interested, send a message to Victoria Baldwin: victoria.baldwin@globalreconciliation.org


Public Relations Officer (volunteer); Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship – Environmental Care

Key Duties:
– Creating public relations content (especially in relation to the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Award)
– Creating and distributing social media content
– Attending weekly meetings

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Semester 2 (2018) Census Date this Friday

A quick reminder that this Friday 31 August is Census date: this is the last day that you can drop a class or cancel enrolment without financial penalty. There are no extensions on this date: if you drop a class beyond Friday, you’ll still be charged for it.
More info on Census date actions can be found here.

Study Tour opportunity – Chicago/New York

Check out this Study Tour opportunity, passed on by our friends in Photography:

The Chicago – New York Photography Tour provides students with an exciting alternative to traditional classroom based learning. It offers students with first hand experience of the shaping of knowledge through experience of the cultural, historical and contemporary aspects of art and photographic practice in the United States.

The course aims to develop student’s self-awareness and the ability to think critically about what they are experiencing and to keep effective written journals and visual diaries that are later sourced for writing an essay on their experience. Whilst in Chicago & New York, the tour will visit a number of major museums, contemporary galleries, artist’s studios and connect with working photographers to gain an understanding of both art and commercial areas. In Rocherster the tour will focus on the legacy and history of Kodak. Visits will include the Eastman Museum & the Rochester Contemporary Art Center

More details at this page.

Note that you cannot do this tour if you’re enrolled in our Flex studio, as the times overlap. But if you’re able and interested, the Tour would count for a 12 credit point University Elective.

Screen Australia Funding Success

 

This has been a huge week for RMIT graduates, adjuncts, and Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members, with a bunch taking a cut in some $17 million of Screen Oz funding across online, feature film, and documentary.

The Unlisted

Writer Mithila Gupta and director Corrie Chen — both Media grads — will be working on the greenlit teen series The Unlisted; adjunct professor Robert Connolly will adapt The Dry for the big screen; PAC member Lucy Maclaren and her team will follow up the huge success of Inside the Firestorm with Aftermath: Beyond the Firestorm; and current PhD student and frequent studio guest Helen Gaynor has executive produced the short animation Bright Lights: The Perils of the Pokies.

Congratulations to all!

AV Media Design + Uniting = Food for Families

The Audiovisual Media Design studio from Semester 2 has resulted in a wonderful campaign for Uniting called Food for Families. The studio was responsible for the video content, created across the semester (and well into November!) and now distributed via Uniting’s various media platforms.

Over the last few months the students have worked tirelessly to develop these captivating short videos to demonstrate the impact of ‘giving a little’ to others this Christmas. We’re delighted to share the students’ hard work. We hope these videos inspire you give a little and mean a lot to someone who really needs it this Christmas.

Uniting announcement page

See the Uniting Facebook page here and the campaign page here. Well done all, and please do give a little if you can — it makes a difference at this time of year.

 

Actuality Media Documentary Outreaches

Actuality Media Documentary Outreaches are one-month study abroad experiences where students travel internationally and learn to produce a short documentary film that features a local changemaker. In 2018 we have outreaches taking place in Cambodia, Guatemala, India and Zambia.

You can learn more about the program and see behind-the scenes photos at actualitymedia.org/documentary-outreach.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Actuality Media’s International Program Director, Robin Canfield at robin@actualitymedia.org.

And our facebook page for the scheme

Media Futures events

Final year RMIT Bachelor of Communication Media students recently held two ‘Future Media’ events. The purpose of these was to showcase research and media production undertaken for their final degree course (Media 6). Students worked in groups throughout the semester to analyse an aspect of the current media industries and then produced a related media object that embodied a ‘what if?’ proposition about the future. Topics included the future of cinema, video on demand, big data, freelance media workers, podcasting, the analogue revival, youtube careers, digital identity, children and the media, and future video technologies. Course Coordinator Dr Brian Morris explained that ‘the course gives students training in researching where media industries might broadly go next, or at least what key challenges they face now and this assists them in the ongoing process of figuring out individual career trajectories as well as exploring the broader social implications of ongoing technological change’.

 

New media teaching facilities come online

Staff and students in the BComm Media program have been making use of some of the exciting new spaces in the Swanston Street Media Precinct that is a feature of RMIT’ New Academic Street Project. New event spaces, classrooms and studios have been coming online since mid-2017 and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

 

Media portal space – end of semester studio celebration

 

Staff meet in a new classroom

One of the new television studios

RMIT Media student work showcased at St Kilda Film Festival

Graduate, staff and student work is featured in this year’s St Kilda Film Festival, which highlights the top 100 short films in Australia.

Michael
Student Michael Firus has a film selected in the St Kilda Film Festival.

The festival is now an Academy Awards qualifying event, with award-winning films from the festival eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.

RMIT is a proud sponsor of the annual festival, providing the Under The Radar Best Youth Film award.

A number of RMIT graduates, a staff member and a current student have had films accepted in 2017.

Films by Bachelor of Communication (Media) graduates showing at this year’s festival include Happy (Stacey Kwijas), Tinseltown (Corrie Chen), Fim Creswick (Emma Haarburger, who also produced two music videos), and Reading the Wind (Adam Ricco).

Current student Michael Firus created his SKFF entry in his first year as part of the “Go out into the world and do great things” studio run by lecturer and filmmaker Kim Munro.

Firus describes his film A Prickly Affair as a short character-driven documentary focusing on the themes of environment, the vitality of age and Melbourne’s thriving artisanal culture.

He said the most valuable parts of studying at RMIT are the contacts and practical opportunities available to students.

“For example, last year, in my first year of university, I received an internship opportunity through RMIT for the advertising company CHE Proximity in South Yarra,” he said.

“It was there where I met many media professionals who offered advice on my practice.”

Firus wants to use his degree to acquire a position in video advertising with a view to transitioning to a motion picture or commercial documentary director.

Program Manager Rachel Wilson said it was important to acknowledge how unusual and special it is that a film made during a students first year is accepted into such a major festival.

“We are all extremely impressed with Michael’s motivation and dedication to exploring the many opportunities in the field,” she said.

Staff member Ashley Perry, a lecturer in the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) and a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication – Media directed Police Officer TAKAGI which was also selected for the festival.

The St Kilda Film Festival runs from May 18 to 27, 2017 at the Palais Theatre and the St Kilda Town Hall.

 

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