In a dynamic convergence of creativity and education, Year 11 students from the College’s Film, Television, and New Media (FTVNM) programme recently embarked on an enlightening journey to Bond University. Their mission? To immerse themselves in the captivating world of filmmaking, courtesy of the university’s partnership with the Gold Coast Film Festival.

A wonderful introduction, led by actor Lincoln Lewis, our students were eager to glean insights from industry professionals and seasoned filmmakers. The occasion was not to be just an educational outing, but a glimpse into the realm of possibility awaiting those with a passion for storytelling through film.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by current Bond students and shown around university grounds. The air buzzed with anticipation as they made their way to the Future Filmmakers forum—an event curated to inspire and educate the next generation of cinematic visionaries.

Industry experts shared anecdotes from their own cinematic journeys, offering invaluable advice on navigating the many pathways into the film industry. From screenwriting to cinematography, from directing to post-production, many aspects of the filmmaking process were dissected.

For the students, it was more than just a series of lectures—it was a revelation. Students commented that it was eye-opening to see how much goes into making a film, particularly upon listening to first year Film and Screen student, Benjamin Rosenberg of Toowoomba Grammar School (QLD) received the 2023 Best Overall Filmmaker Award for his films, Golden Hour and Mitchell. Bond Uni’s highly film anticipated short film competition. BUFTA is recognised as one of the most prestigious short film competitions of its kind in the southern hemisphere. With students winning a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond.

The highlight of the day came in the form of hands-on tours that students were given through the studios and editing departments. Everyone had the opportunity to put theory into practice under the guidance of seasoned professors and lecturers. Armed with studio cameras and enthusiasm, they delved into the intricacies of shot composition and lighting techniques.

As the day ended, students departed with inspiration and minds teeming with newfound knowledge. The excursion to Bond University had not only broadened their horizons, but ignited a flame of passion that would continue to burn brightly long after they returned to class, to begin their pre-production on their Unit two genre film.

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