TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute film students Michael
Aiton, Warwick Clarke, Shaunna Bullard, Sam Hunter and
Tania Marino with teacher Brad Diebert (at back) watching on.
Photo courtesy of Port Macquarie News
It's an oft-quoted statistic that only 3% of actors are in work at any given moment. TAFE NSW students studying the Screen and Media course at North Coast Institute's Port Macquarie Campus are doing their bit to improve this rather gloomy outlook. They're canvassing the local community for aspiring and wannabe actors to appear in their documentaries, short films and commercials.
The students claim no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to put your best foot forward. The next short film, Good Luck, Bad Luck, is already in pre-production with a shooting schedule planned for August. Talent is being scouted for this epic.
Head Teacher of Information Technology and Creative Studies, Steve Cutmore, says the student celluloid creations show enormous variety both in the style of filming and the stories being told - “... everything from personal stories to a mock-umentary on someone addicted to table tennis. Uncle Bill, our local indigenous leader gets to tell his story in Welcome to Country, a short film to be screened later this year.”
The course covers all aspects of film making including editing, special effects, camera technique, project management, script writing and post production. The films are usually screened publicly at the Glasshouse, a massive arts, conference and entertainment centre located in central Port Macquarie.
The Screen and Media course is a pathway to Charles Sturt University's Creative Industries Degree with TAFE NSW Diploma graduates moving directly into third year at the CSU Grant Street Campus.