BComm Media Students became part of a large Hollywood production, with 120 crew, plus cast onsite, in a valuable industry encounter.
Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, television series The Leftovers was created by Damon Lindelof and stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler.
The series has completed two seasons filmed in the United States and for the third season the production is filming in Melbourne.
In September the show spent a day filming at RMIT’s iconic ‘disc’ building, the Design Hub which is located on the old CUB site at the corner of Victoria Parade and Swanston Street.
Students from the Bachelor of Communication (Media) in the School of Media and Communication had the opportunity to observe the set for the day with a large crew from America.
Dr Brian Morris, who manages the Media program, said this was a really special opportunity for our students.
“The Leftovers is peak global television drama and to be able to spend time on the shoot of a major HBO series like this on your own campus is simply amazing.”
“It also gave students a great insight into a large-scale, high-budget production with up to 200 people on the set at its busiest,” Morris said.
Media student Jordan Williams said it was amazing to see how much work goes into having two people deliver a couple lines on camera.
“Since this was a large international production, it really gave us the opportunity to see how far our careers could go,” Williams said.
Associate Professor Lisa French, Deputy Dean (Media) said having Warner Bros. on campus shooting The Leftovers for HBO was a significant work-integrated learning experience for our students.
“We are committed to facilitating global industry engagements, but in this case they came to us!”
“A location team facilitated student interactions and ensured their questions were answered.”
“It is testament to the high regard in which our graduates are regarded that an important global industry player wanted to connect with our students,” French said.
The Leftovers season three will be the final in the series and will premiere on HBO in 2017.