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BENJAMIN LISTER

FREELANCE CINEMATOGRAPHER/ TECHNICAL OFFICER
Brisbane
" [SAE was] such a practical and creative environment when it came to finding what path I wanted to take it was really easy because I had been able to try all aspects of film. Another huge role in where I am now, is thanks to the classes and lectures. The lecturers are extremely valuable, they all have industry experience and love to help the students grow, and at the end of the day, create awesome stuff. "

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SAE Brisbane graduate Benjamin Lister studied a Bachelor of Film Production (2017-2018). Benjamin recognised his passion for trying to capture the perfect image, which allowed for him to follow a career where he could tell stories and chase his passion. The Inside World (Short): Grip/Gaffer Desiccation (Short): Camera Operator False Start (Short): Director of Photography The House He Built (Short): Grip Brisbane (Feature Film): 2nd AC Blazed & Confused (Short): Director of Photography

What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
Growing up in a not very creative industry family (Military/Business) and being a bit of a misfit child, I found that the arts were an escape for me whether it be music, painting or filming. It was when I first saw Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino) that i decided that I wanted to grow up to make a feature movie. Although I’m currently creating short films and working on other films, that one goal is what drives me to be a filmmaker.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
It would have to be the making of my Grad film, it was an experience that I will always remember. The reason that is because it didn’t film like an assessment, it felt like a bunch of creative friends got together and just had an amazing experience creating something we were all passionate about. It didn’t matter that the idea was a little wacky, we all loved it.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
Because it was such a practical and creative environment when it came to finding what path I wanted to take it was really easy because I had been able to try all aspects of film. Another huge role in where I am now, is thanks to the classes and lectures. The lecturers are extremely valuable, they all have industry experience and love to help the students grow, and at the end of the day, create awesome stuff.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
When I’m not working at SAE Brisbane part time, I’m either working on music videos with local Brisbane Bands or creating/writing short films with a talented film industry professionals.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
Give it 110%, the more films and people you can work with the better it will allow you to create these amazing connections that will help you in your future. Another big thing is don’t STOP CREATING, the more you create the better you as a filmmaker will become.

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