from Sarah Menegon
My short documentary film RUBY has been selected for entry to the 4th Annual MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL which will take place online this year. I’m thrilled with the response to it so far. My film was created as a part of the fantastic studio REAL TO REEL about my friend Ruby. Ruby moved to Melbourne to start a new adventure, but her family back home had other plans. Marriage in her culture is a family affair where everyone is involved. Ruby’s family have been on the hunt for someone to “take care of her” for years now but Ruby was in no rush to settle.
Additionally, RUBY will be a part of Swinburne research project ‘Zooming In’ which is an online portal used to explore contemporary multicultural life through the lens and will join their travelling roadshow ‘Zooming Out’ which tours multicultural films to regional Victorian towns’ screening to diverse audiences.
NEWS JUST IN: 16 September 2021
RUBY has just been accepted to screen on Femflix the first BcommMedia work to be part of a paid streaming service!
NEWS JUST IN: 16 September 2021
The multicultural film festival Ruby will be on SBS on demand and shown on the big screen at Fed Square.
Media graduates Fergus Grady (writer, director, producer) and Kim Ingles (executive producer) have secured funding for their film Gloriavale through the Producer Program.
Screen Australia has announced $2.3 million of documentary production funding for eight projects through the Producer Program and two projects through the Commissioned Program.
Gloriavale: A feature documentary about the infamous Gloriavale Christian Community and the institutional failures that have allowed one of the world’s biggest and longest running cults to continue. Told through the personal journey of a man fighting to save his family, the film follows a group of unlikely heroes as they interrogate accusations of abuse and modern day slavery within this isolated community. Gloriavale is written, directed and produced by Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady who previously collaborated on Camino Skies. The executive producers are Kim Ingles (Impact Producer on The Australian Dream) and Richard Fletcher (This Could Go Anywhere).
The Bcomm (Media) studio program worked with our partner ACMI to get students to produce a series of short explainer videos communicating concepts across film, TV, videogames and digital art.
The project was run by studio leader Cat Lew with Brian Morris and Paul Ritchard as coords. Working with ACMI they provided guidance and critiques to the students throughout the concept development and production of these pieces.
Bachelor of Communication (Media) student Jodie Le has been selected to screen her work at the MAKESHIFT Exhibition at RMIT in May. MAKESHIFT is an ecologically-themed event that explores improvisation and thinking-through-making as a way to re-engage with a more-than-human world.
Jodie’s video piece e-waste was created as part of her studies in Documenting the Environment, a studio run by Dr Kim Munro in Semester 1, 2020, during the first lockdown.
MAKESHIFT opens in Megaflex, Building 8, RMIT City Campus, on 29 April, and will run through Thursday 6 May.
It is with great pleasure AGAIN that we can share with you the exhibition sites from the Spring Semester Media Studios. This semester sometimes goes unrecognised but always produces great work as is evidenced here in each studio’s site. Check it:
Students and studio leaders alike rose to the occasion and in many ways surpassed this year’s difficult situation. Multiple times a week we heard about new ways of making films, recording podcasts, developing social media and building careers out of adversity. Ingenious methods of teaching, research and collaboration were developed by staff and students that will stay with us well beyond the pandemic.
Please enjoy engaging with the studio’s exhibition sites from semester 2 and below that from semester 1
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 Friday 18 September 2020.
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Ernest Hemingway (1961)
As long as there have been screens, there have been those who write for them. Screenwriting is a popular aspiration for RMIT Media students, so we thought we’d bring together our screenwriting experts for a roundtable discussion on craft, method, writers’ block, working as a writer, and everything in between.
This special Industry Talk is a roundtable discussion between screenwriters Stayci Taylor, Alan Nguyen, and Dan Binns as they speak about their experiences writing for film, TV, documentary, corporates, online and mixed media.
We discuss our inspirations, and getting started, the craft of writing for the screen, working with directors and other crew, as well as the challenges and opportunities of working as a writer.
Stayci Taylor (she/her) is a screenwriter, script editor and story consultant whose credits include ten seasons of an award-winning bilingual serial drama and a co-creation of a prime-time sitcom. She currently works as a researcher, lecturer and co-manager with the Master of Media program at RMIT. She is co-editor of two books about script development, forthcoming in 2020 and 2021.
Alan Nguyen (he/him) is an international-award-winning writer and director working across TV, film, theatre, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). He has written scripts for Melbourne Theatre Company, SBS, December Media and Matchbox Pictures / NBC Universal. He served as VR designer for a film-opera (supported by Arts South Australia, Vitalstatistix and PADA) and editor for two groundbreaking AR comic book anthologies published by EyeJack.
Daniel Binns (he/him) is a screenwriter and producer who moonlights as a Media Lecturer at RMIT University. He has written for lifestyle and documentary TV, corporate media, and drama. Dan produced The Aussie Who Baffled the World (2012) for National Geographic, and The Code (2011-2015) for Fox Sports.
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 Friday 28 August 2020.
THE CHANGING FACE OF RADIO with ELIZABETH MCCARTHY
Radio is one of the so-called ‘legacy’ media, yet it seems to constantly be with us. Is there something inherent in this platform that is just eternally relevant? Or is it a matter of people constantly working to adapt and reinvent?
We talk with our guest today about just such things, as well as how to get a foot in the door if you find radio or audio media calling your name.
Our guest is ELIZABETH MCCARTHY, Talks Producer at 3RRRFM Melbourne, as well as member of the B.Comm(Media) Industry Advisory Committee and graduate of the program!
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 15 September 2020.
SUE MASLIN AO
For this BC(M) Industry Talk we’re joined by Sue Maslin, one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers. Her feature film The Dressmaker is one of Australia’s all-time highest grossing films.
In 2012 she received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Sue was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2018 as well as appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in 2019 for distinguished service to the Australian film industry as a producer, and through roles with professional bodies.
Sue is also an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, and we’re thrilled to talk to her about the future of the film industry in Australia.