Since finishing her Bachelor of Film from Byron Bay in 2013, SAE alumna Georgia Ardill-Walker has been working as Head Tourer for the Touring Film Festival, delivering creative inspiration to kids living in regional and remote Australia.
What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
I was about three years old when I saw my very first movie (it was Jaws, and I still don’t swim in the ocean) and ever since I’ve watched at least one movie every single day of my life. It’s a passion that nothing else has been able to surpass. A career which allows me to discover, discuss and create films was always on the cards for me.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
I made some incredible friends down at the Byron Bay campus that I will have for the rest of my life. The film lecturers were constantly so supportive, personable and helpful, and from day one provided a real mentorship role for me and a lot of my peers. Also, Film Studies classes with Erik were always a huge highlight, because they gave everyone a chance to geek out about their favourite movies for a few hours with a room full of fellow cinephiles.
Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
I started at SAE with a complete blank canvas, I had a huge passion for film but had no idea whatsoever how to create my own. Not only did I learn all the basics of film-making, from pre to post-production, but equally as importantly I learnt how to work with people in a high stress environment, which has been invaluable since graduating.
What are your career highlights?
Working as the Head Tourer for The Touring Film Festival for Screen Queensland for the past year, which has allowed me to travel across the country to rural and indigenous communities to teach filmmaking workshops and provide industry quality equipment to kids of all ages. Once they’ve each created their own film, we hold a film festival for the whole region with all of their films as the main event.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m just about to move to London to start work with a production company over there and am also looking into a possible career in film reviewing. Also, I’m currently working on a script for a science fiction television series and am hoping to have the first season in the final stages of pre-production by the end of the year.
What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
It may seem like a cliché, but the most crucial thing I’ve learnt in this industry (which is so largely based on connections) is to be kind to people. Maya Angelou said it better than I ever could, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel”. Also, allow yourself time every single day to be creative and especially while you’re still studying, make the most of the resources you have at your disposal! Create films that aren’t just for assessment, ask your lecturers for advice, and HIRE OUT THE EQUIPMENT!