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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

A new state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub was launched Jan. 24, 2017 at Bond University in the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC), providing unprecedented access to the latest multimedia technologies for students and staff.

The Digital Media Hub, which was co-funded by the Balnaves Foundation and Bond University Student Association (BUSA), will be used for academic-led classes, development of pod/vod casts, as well as independent learning by students out-of-hours.

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The new digital media hub at Bond (Photo credit: Bond University)

It consists of three main zones:

  • The micro studio for content creation and production, featuring a green screen, HD remote controlled PTZ cameras, three-point production lighting, a teleprompter and monitors, Apple Mac, quality audio capture and playback facilities and virtual reality (VR) hardware.
  • Study lounge areas featuring individual or group-based learning spaces, USB charging stations, BYOD capability to support streaming platforms.
  • Individual digital media workstations with access to a range of software based digital media production, editing, 3D modelling and animation and CAD software plus 12 high-end PCs and Mac Pros.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the purpose-built facility had been created to meet the needs of both students and academics for an interactive, multimedia learning space.

“Along with the growing use of virtual reality teaching apps and technologies by academics in our classrooms, comes the need for all our students to access these technologies to study, learn and create in their own time,” Professor Brailsford said.

“For example, our Health Sciences and Medicine students are creating 3D models of organs and general anatomy; our Film and Television students are creating and editing films; our Architecture students are using CAD for modelling their designs; our Advertising and Journalism students are creating audio and video media for online distribution; and our Interactive Media students are creating mobile applications, software and games.

“Furthermore, our students and academics will be able to use the micro studio to edit podcasts and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend seminars anywhere in the world, at any time, via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

“We are very grateful to the Balnaves Foundation for their continued generosity and support. This extension to the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will ensure Bond remains at the cutting-edge of educational technology and we continue to provide our students with world-class facilities.”

Balnaves Foundation General Manager Hamish Balnaves said the foundation was proud to be part of the continued evolution of the award-winning Multimedia Learning Centre.

“The Digital Media Hub will further enable Bond’s academics to deliver a combination of personal interaction and digital learning 24-7, and ensure its students are well equipped to enter the modern global workforce,” Mr Balnaves said.

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Bond University film graduates behind the scenes of Suicide Squad

A 2015 Bond University Film and Television graduate has made his mark on Hollywood after producing a world-first virtual reality (VR) experience for the new blockbuster film, Suicide Squad.

Bond University film graduates behind the scenes of Suicide Squad

Bond film and TV graduate Harrison Norris  (Photo credit: Bond University)

Harrison Norris worked with fellow Bond alumna, Emily Tate, on the set of the new action film starring Margot Robbie and Will Smith, where Norris worked as VR director and action pre-visualisation artist, and Tate as stunt department production assistant.

Bond University Director of Film and Television, Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi, said he was not surprised the two were recruited for the film.

“Both Harrison and Emily were hard-working, passionate and dedicated students,” he said.

“They used their time at Bond to learn as much as they could about the film and television industry, and eagerly grabbed every opportunity that came their way.”

Hitting Australian cinema screens on Aug. 5, Suicide Squad was released alongside an exclusive VR experience, the first of its kind, that puts viewers in the middle of one of the movie’s action scenes.

Norris, who produced and directed the VR project, said it began as a “wild idea” he pitched to the producers who quickly saw its potential and jumped on board.

“I was initially recruited for, and subsequently led, a secret VR department within the production of Suicide Squad, alongside the best producers ever,” he said.

“I pitched a shift of focus from shooting a ‘behind the scenes’ of the film in VR, to an in-narrative piece, taking a scene directly from the script and shooting it in VR.

“The crew loved the idea, but the problem was the VR cameras couldn’t shoot any closer than four feet, which made it difficult to emotionally engage with the scene and make the experience feel ‘real’.”

Norris had a solution. The 19-year-old, who graduated from Bond University in 2015 after becoming the youngest student to be accepted into the Bachelor of Film and Television program, developed a concept for a new VR camera that could be worn around an actor’s head, providing the world’s first, true live-action, first-person experience.

“My friend and fellow Bond graduate, Emily Tate, flew with me to LA to interview camera houses, post supervisors and engineers to build this new camera,” Norris said.

“In the following weeks I oversaw the project and guided the design as three talented specialists brought the ‘Mobius’ from a nutty plan to a functioning camera.

“The result is a VR experience that allows the viewer to literally see out of the actor’s eyes—if you’re playing Margot Robbie, you can see yourself swinging her bat and shooting as if it were you; and if you look left, there is Will Smith fighting right beside you.”

Bond University film graduates behind the scenes of Suicide Squad

Emily Tate with actress Cara Delevingne (Photo credit: Bond University)

Norris said while it had been a year since his Mobius camera was created and VR technology had now caught up, it was revolutionary for its time and kick-started the creation of his own VR company, Proxi, that now routinely worked with major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks.

“We’re still breaking every rule we can, most recently proving it’s possible for filmmakers to edit and/or move the camera in VR without disorientating the audience—hence busting one of the best known myths about VR—and there’s more to come,” Norris said.

Tate, the 21-year-old daughter of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, said since graduating from Bond in 2015 she had landed a number of roles in the film industry, including her life-changing experience on Suicide Squad.

“What I learnt from my time on Suicide Squad was beyond what I could have imagined; every single day there was something new for me to see, learn and feel,” she said.

“My career is really taking off and I have recently returned from New Zealand where I was working on Scarlett Johansson’s film, Ghost In The Shell, as the stunt department assistant coordinator.

Tate’s next job will be as production secretary on a film called Flammable Children starring Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue.

“I’ll be working alongside Harrison again on this film, and I’m also working with his VR company Proxi, so it’s really exciting to see two Bondies reaching their dreams.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without Bond and we are both really grateful for our time there.

“One of the biggest things that Bond taught me was about etiquette on set, which allowed me to fit in as a filmmaker, and not just a film student.

“My degree at Bond covered all the aspects of what it’s like to work in the film industry so when I went head-first into my career, I didn’t feel intimidated.”

Norris attended the Suicide Squad premiere in New York on Aug. 4, and returned to the Gold Coast the following week.

“I’ll be directing a whole bundle of short-form VR projects with Proxi that I’m not allowed to talk about yet before I start my role as second unit director on Flammable Children,” said Norris.

“I’m also attached to direct a feature next year in LA, so I’m staying busy.”

The Suicide Squad VR experience debuted at Comic-Con where thousands of people lined up for hours to trial it. It was officially released on Aug. 5 through Samsung Gear VR and at multiple physical installations worldwide.

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Monday, September 21st, 2015

Young filmmakers encouraged to enter Bond film awards

Budding filmmakers from around Australia are being encouraged to enter their work in the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA), the only competition of its kind for high school students in the country.

Now in its 20th year, the awards have uncovered some of Australia’s best young talent, including last year’s overall winner, Thomas Evans, who has accumulated a staggering 15 million views on his YouTube channel for his Adventures of Lego Minecraft series.

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Thomas Evans accumulated 15 million views on his YouTube channel for his ‘Adventures of Lego Minecraft’ series (Photo credit: Bond University)

The Brisbane local, whose prize included a full scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University on the Gold Coast, said entering the awards had been life changing.

His animations Against the Sky and The Walk were among the 18 short films recognised from 170 entries from across Australia, and took out the top gong in a number of categories including Overall Winner, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Experimental Film.

“I’m trying to get as much experience as I can through networking and working on other short films while I’m at Bond. The experience I’ve gained already in my first semester has been invaluable and I look forward to practicing more writing, live action filmmaking, and different types of animation while I’m here,” said Thomas.

“I’m also working on a new series of Lego Minecraft-related shorts, using official sets the Lego company sent based on the videos that I entered into BUFTA.

“I’m experimenting with introducing dialogue and telling a larger scale story with more complex animation; I’m already putting a lot of what I’ve observed from my studies into practice.”

Thomas said his best advice for young students dreaming of a career in film and television was to ‘make something and enter’ BUFTA.

“The problem a lot of creative people run into is that they won’t settle for one idea and they’ll keep doubting which direction they want to go in. Ideas are all well and good, but I’ve found that they’re not especially important—what’s important is that you stick to one, even if it’s simple, and just make something out of it. Every time I make something new, I have to keep reminding myself that,” he said.

“Deadlines are important and BUFTA provides a great opportunity for this. There is a fantastic reward up for grabs, and a hard due date to go with it. Keep that deadline in mind and finish your film in time for it. Whether you win or not isn’t necessarily important, it’s just an extra incentive, a possible bonus reward at the very end. Now you can show your film to people, and once you’ve pressed the ‘submit’ button, the sense of accomplishment should be worth the work on its own.”

Bond University Film and Television Director Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi encouraged any young students thinking about a career in film and television to enter the awards.

“BUFTA is a great platform to showcase, and receive national recognition, for your work,” he said.

“With the standard of entries high, it is also a good opportunity to challenge yourself.

“The films that have taken out awards in recent years have been so impressive that we’ve really had to stand back and appreciate the fact they have been produced by students who are still in high school.

“We are looking forward to seeing more amazing short films this year.”

Students can enter films into a number of categories including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental and music video.

The best Overall Filmmaker will receive a full scholarship to study a  Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University, with a range of other prizes including subject scholarships and Videopro vouchers awarded to category winners.

For further information on this year’s BUFTA, visit www.bufta.com.au

Bond University Bachelor of Film & Television

Program: Bachelor of Film and Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Bond Film School movie premieres at Gold Coast Film Festival

Bond University Film and Television students saw their names in lights at the world premiere of the film The Fear of Darkness at the recent Gold Coast Film Festival on Saturday, April 11.

The film was directed by Bond University lecturer and AFI award-winning writer/director Christopher Fitchett, and dozens of Bond students were actively involved in its production when the campus was used as one of the locations for the full-length feature film.

Produced by Mark Overett, the film features a stellar line-up of Aussie stars including Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story), Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries), Aaron Pederson (Mystery Road), and Chris Sommers (The Water Diviner).

Described as a supernatural thriller, The Fear of Darkness, tells the story of a brilliant young psychiatrist, Dr Sarah Faithfull, who is forced to confront her own unconscious when investigating the bloody murder of a university student.

Mr Fitchett said the Gold Coast was the perfect place to debut the film considering it was shot entirely on location in South East Queensland and Village Roadshow Studios.

“The film came together with the help and talent of so many local crew, cast and supporters,” said Mr Fitchett.

Dr Michael Sergi, Director of Film and Television at Bond University, and the film’s Associate Producer, said for many students, The Fear of Darkness was their first experience working on a professional feature film set.

“We filmed at a lot of locations on the Bond University campus—a lecture theatre, one of the cafes, various corridors and the pine forest—as well as using the film school’s state-of-the-art Sony F65 digital cinema camera,” said Dr Sergi.

“The soundtrack for the film was also composed by Bond graduate, Joshua Beattie.

The cast and crew took part in a special question-and-answer session after the screening at The Arts Theatre Gold Coast on April 11.

The Fear of Darkness will be distributed in Australia through Greenlight Releasing later in 2015, while Arclight Films will handle international sales.

For more information, visit The Fear of Darkness website at http://thefearofdarkness.com/ or the Gold Coast Film Festival website.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Filmmaker and social entrepreneur visits Bond University

As one of the world’s leading philanthropists, Francine LeFrak has graced the cover of Forbes magazine alongside rock star Bono and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and this week will share her story with more than 160 future female leaders at Bond University.

The Same Sky founder and multiple Tony, Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer of social issue films will be speaking as part of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Student Leadership Conference on Friday, January 9, inspiring the next generation of female role models from across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bond University is the first institutional partner of Ms LeFrak’s Same Sky initiative, a ‘trade not aid’ jewellery initiative that provides training and employment for women living with HIV/AIDS to give them a ‘hand-up, not a handout’. Bond is also the official education partner of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools.

Secretary General of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), Fiona de Jong, a Bond University alumnus, will also speak as part of the conference, at a separate lunch commencing on Friday, January 9.

Bond University Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan, said it was a major coup to have both women on campus.

“Francine LeFrak is a globally recognised figure, who has shone the light on issues from AIDS to war and intolerance,” she said.

“She is committed to eradicating extreme poverty through ethical shopping, the cornerstone of her Same Sky initiative, which provides women with the tools they need to give themselves a better life.

“Former international triathlete and lawyer, Fiona de Jong is also making a difference, heading the chief administrative and financial affairs for the AOC and playing a key role in preparing seven Australian Olympic Teams for the summer, winter and youth Games.

“To have both of these influential women at Bond, sharing their experiences with students who have displayed exemplary leadership qualities, will no doubt empower the next generation of female achievers to follow their dreams and have a positive impact.

“In particular, the conference will look to inspire students in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurialism and corporate governance.”

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Student Leadership Conference brings together a formidable group of influential and enthusiastic female school captains and leaders from more than 140 schools in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines and the United States.

Bond University Bachelor of Film & Television

Program: Bachelor of Film & Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for the Bachelor of Film & Television program, applicants are strongly encouraged by Bond University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: High School diploma

Students who already have a degree in film and television can continue their studies in creative media through Bond’s Master of Arts, a three-semester program that offers an opportunity for graduates to continue studies in a particular area, or branch out into other areas. The Master of Arts (coursework) is suited to all students wishing to further their undergraduate studies in a specialist area of choice.

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Are you interested in Bond University Film and Television? Learn more about arts degrees at Australian universities and about how you can study in Australia by contacting OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Degrees Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, December 5th, 2014

LEGO Minecraft YouTube sensation wins Bond Film and TV Awards

The 19th annual Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) has again uncovered some of Australia’s best young talent, with this year’s overall winner, Thomas Evans, who has an incredible 2 million likes on YouTube for his LEGO Minecraft  animation series which includes one of his nominated films, Against the Sky.

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Mr Evans, who attends Corinda State High School in Ipswich who started working on his film productions five years ago, has won a full scholarship to Bond University on the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Film & Television. He also won Best Sound and Best Cinematography for Against the Sky and Best Experimental Film for his other entry, The Walk.

Henry Thong from Glenunga International High School in Adelaide was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, following an online public vote which had over 2,300 votes in the weeks leading up to the event. Mr Thong’s comedy, LEAP, about an unlikely high school hero, received more than a quarter of the votes to take the title.  Mr Thong also picks up Best Documentary for his film Urban Exploration.

Freya Mcleod, from Robina State High School, won the City of Gold Coast award for her experimental film, Technological Oblivion.

The BUFTA event was held on Nov. 29 and was hosted by Academy Award-winning Australian ‘clayographer’ Adam Elliot, who is best known for his animation film Harvie Krumpet.

Bond University Director of Film and Television Associate Professor Michael Sergi said this year’s awards had been one of the biggest and most successful yet, having attracted more than 170 entries from budding filmmakers across Australia.

“Each year, BUFTA keeps getting bigger and better. More students are becoming aware of it and realising that BUFTA is a great opportunity for them to kick-start their career in film and television, with scholarships, film equipment, vouchers and prize money available to help them take the next step,” he said.

“I was most impressed by the innovation shown by this year’s group of finalists. A number of these students were self-taught in film production, and some, like Thomas, have already started an online portfolio so they are already out in the public domain.

“The internet and social media has really opened doors for young filmmakers to learn the art of production and showcase their talents to the world. At Bond University, we’re always interested in discovering and assisting talented students to make the leap from online to professional production, so they can make a career out of their passion for film and TV.”

Dr Sergi said this year’s major prize winners showed a flair for film well beyond their years.

“It’s incredible to think that these students—who have little or no professional training—are already producing such quality work,” he said.

“I particularly congratulate Thomas Evans on his achievements. To have such a strong grasp of production technique and such a large following online at this young age is a great achievement, and I look forward to welcoming Thomas to Bond next year and working with him to develop his considerable talents.”

About Bond University’s Bachelor of Film & Television

The Bachelor of Film & Television degree is hands-on and project-based, allowing students to balance creative practice theory with practical production experience, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity. This film and television program is focused on the key creative areas of directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound and production design, and is taught by staff with long careers in the film and television industry. Film and television has scope for many different internship and work experience opportunities, many of which are administered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond University.

Program: Bachelor of Film & Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Would you like more information about studying film and television at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Degrees Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Proud Indigenous culture shines through at Bond University

From the dusty Outback to the vast plains of the Arizona desert, Bond University student Dennis Braun’s interest in Indigenous culture and criminology has taken him a long way.

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A respected Elder of the Arrentre Nation around Alice Springs, Dennis, 61, is one of four Indigenous students to graduate from Bond in June 2014.

The first Indigenous student to complete a Diploma of Criminology at Bond, Dennis enrolled two years ago after working on the Bush Court circuit in the NT providing paralegal support for Aboriginal people.

His desire to support troubled Aboriginal youth saw him research youth rehabilitation undertaken by the Native American people of Arizona, the Navajo people, visiting their reservation in August 2013 with the support of Bond University.

“I wanted to compare Navajo Indians with the Australia Aboriginal people,” Dennis said. “Their approach to rehabilitation is totally different—the way they treat their youth in detention centres is they don’t lock them up.

“Instead, they take the kids out bush and do things like canoeing, hunting, swimming, abseiling and talk with the Navajo Elders around the campfire at night about Navajo history, with the elders telling them by undertaking criminal activity they’re disgracing Navajo culture.

“I’d really like to see us take a similar approach over here. It’s better than just locking the kids up like we do.”

After graduating, Dennis is determined to use his diploma to fight spiralling levels of youth suicide and addiction in the communities around his home town of Katherine.

Bond University Nyombile Indigenous Support Centre Manager Jason Murray said Dennis would be missed around campus.

“We are really proud of Dennis, he should be really proud of himself,” Mr Murray said. “Dennis always had a view of the bigger picture where he could go back and help his community.

“He is an Elder and for us that was a really good learning experience as well—he had all this wisdom to share.”

Opened two years ago, the Nyombile Centre provides academic, cultural and social support for Indigenous students on campus. There are currently 46 students enrolled at Bond, including 15 students on scholarships.

“The success rate of our students has been fantastic,” Mr Murray said. “Academically, our Indigenous students are performing as well as any other cohort in the University and I think that is something that Bond should be really proud of.”

Other Indigenous students graduating in June include Hanna Ross (Bachelor of Business), Meryl Alley (Bachelor of Counselling), Karen Corden (Graduate Certificate in TESOL).

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Bond student speaks out against binge drinking

Bond University scholarship student Ayla Beaufils is taking her message about the dangers of binge drinking onto the world stage, as she prepares to compete in a prestigious International Plain English Speaking Competition in London later this month.

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Ayla will be the sole representative from Australia after winning a national public speaking contest in Alice Springs last year, and will compete against students from 52 other countries from May 15 – 17.

The former Gold Coast Marymount College student was one of a handful to secure an exclusive Vice-Chancellor scholarship to Bond University, where she has just completed her first semester in Film and Television.

Ms Beaufils says she decided to enter the competition not only to gain experience and boost her career, but also to spread the word about the dangerous culture of youth binge drinking.

“Last year I was horrified at the increasing number of reports of ‘coward punches’ in Australia, so I based my speech at the national championships around that issue. It’s something that seems to be a generational change and it affects my peer group, so I’m passionate about speaking out about it and making people think about what can be done to curb the problem,” she said.

“Now that I am going to compete internationally, I am speaking more broadly about binge drinking, which is a major contributing factor in coward punch incidents and a lot of other issues young adults face in today’s society.

“One of the key points of my argument is the fact that the brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of twenty-three, so it seems absurd that we give eighteen-year-olds the right to drink when they are not necessarily equipped to make the right decisions.

“My speech is titled ‘Changing a Culture’ and that is exactly what I hope to do by starting the conversation about the issue. The competition includes an impromptu speaking component and questions from the floor so it will also be interesting to hear what students from other backgrounds and cultures have to say about binge drinking.”

Ms Beaufils said her first semester at Bond University had been a ‘whirlwind,’ but she was enjoying the experience.

“My university life is certainly busy with a full load of study, extracurricular activities and competitions, but I feel like I am heading in the right direction,” she said.

“Obviously the ability to communicate clearly and effectively is an important skill in Film and Television, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Plain English Speaking Competition on an international stage, and hope that this experience will ultimately help further my career.”

Program: Bachelor of Film & Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for the Bachelor of Film & Television program at Bond, applicants are strongly encouraged by Bond University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: High School diploma

Students who already have a degree in film and television can continue their studies in creative media through Bond’s Master of Arts, a three-semester program that offers an opportunity for graduates to continue studies in a particular area, or branch out into other areas. The Master of Arts (coursework) is suited to all students wishing to further their undergraduate studies in a specialist area of choice.

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Are you interested in Bond University Film and Television ? Find out more about arts degrees at Australian universities and about how you can study in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Degrees Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Bond University Film & TV students get up close and personal with the movie business

Bond University Film and Television students won’t have to travel far for work experience placements over the next few months; their Gold Coast campus is about to become a film set for a full-length feature film.

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Pandala Films began shooting The Fear of Darkness this week and have signed on a number of Bond Film and Television students as interns, and graduates in official roles, on the production.

Director of Bond Film and TV Dr Michael Sergi said, “For many students, The Fear of Darkness will be their first experience working on a feature film set and, more importantly, their first professional movie credit.”

“We’ll be filming at a lot of locations on the Bond University campus in the coming week—a lecture theatre, one of the cafes, various corridors and the pine forest—as well as using the Bond Film School’s state-of-the-art Sony F65 digital camera for filming and the studios for post production,” said producer, Mark Overett.

“We’re also really thrilled to be involving the Bond community quite heavily. Every department has signed on at least one intern from the Film and TV School, and we’re bringing back some particularly talented Bond graduates to work as key crew members.

“We’ve even got one of those graduates—Joshua Beattie—composing music for the film.”

“Getting started is always the most difficult part when you have to transition from an academic environment to a professional one,” said Mark.

“The major benefit of being involved with a real commercial feature like this is that the students will be working with industry veterans, some with more than thirty years’ experience in the game.

“We hope the students will forge some valuable relationships through these mentoring experiences and use the opportunity as a launch pad for future success.”

For Bond University lecturer, and the film’s AFI award-winning writer/director, Chris Fitchett, inspiration for The Fear of Darkness came from his own days at university, studying psychology in the 1970s.

Described as a supernatural thriller, it features Australian actress Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo) as Dr Sarah Faithfull, a brilliant young psychologist investigating the mysterious disappearance of a university student. Penelope Mitchell (Vampire Diaries, Hemlock Grove) also stars as the beautiful murder suspect Skye Williams.

Acclaimed Australian actors Damien Garvey (Underbelly, Rake) Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, City Homicide) and Mark Leonard Winter (Balibo, Van Diemen’s Land) may also be seen around the Bond University campus playing key roles.

The Fear of Darkness will be distributed in Australia through Greenlight Releasing, while Arclight Films will handle international sales. The film is planned for theatrical release in Australia early in 2015.

About Bond University’s Bachelor of Film & Television

The Bachelor of Film & Television degree is hands-on and project-based, allowing students to balance creative practice theory with practical production experience, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity. This film and television program is focused on the key creative areas of directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound and production design, and is taught by staff with long careers in the film and television industry. Film and television has scope for many different internship and work experience opportunities, many of which are administered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond University.

Program: Bachelor of Film & Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for the Bachelor of Film & Television program at Bond, applicants are strongly encouraged by Bond University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Curious about Bond University Film and TV degrees at Bond University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Degrees Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Bond alumnus wins Australian Logie for outstanding children’s program

Congratulations to Bond Film and Television alumnus, Samantha Strauss, whose ABC-TV series, Dance Academy, won the 2013 Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s Program. The Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959, comparable to Canada’s Gemini Awards.

This is the second Logie for Dance Academy, which took out the same category two years ago when the first series debuted on ABC3.

Following the trials and tribulations of an Outback teenager who earns a place in the fictional National Academy of Dance, Dance Academy traces its origins back to Samantha’s final year at Bond University when she created Learning to Fly as her graduating film.

Further developing the script as she worked as a casting director on various children’s television series, Sam eventually teamed up with producer Joanna Werner, turning the original short film into an ongoing series format.

In 2008, the pair received $10.5 million in funding from Screen Australia and the first series aired in 2010.

In addition to winning a Logie the following year, Dance Academy was also nominated for Best Children’s Television Drama at the 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and was renewed for a second series.

Filming on the third series will get underway in the next few weeks.

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About Bond University’s Bachelor of Film & Television

The Bachelor of Film & Television degree is heavily hands-on and project-based, allowing students to balance creative practice theory with practical production experience, which enables them to explore and develop their individual creativity. This film and television program is focused on the key creative areas of directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound and production design, and is taught by staff with long careers in the film and television industry. Film and television has scope for many different internship and work experience opportunities, many of which are administered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond University.

Program: Bachelor of Film & Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for the Bachelor of Film & Television program at Bond, applicants are strongly encouraged by Bond University to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: High School diploma

Students who already have a degree in film and television can continue their studies in creative media through Bond’s Master of Arts, a three-semester program that offers an opportunity for graduates to continue studies in a particular area, or branch out into other areas. The Master of Arts (Coursework) is suited to all students wishing to further their undergraduate studies in a specialist area of choice.

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