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" SAE gave me the skills and confidence to take my specialisation to the next level "


Gii Ness finished her Bachelor of Film at SAE Melbourne in 2012 and was awarded Valedictorian in the same year. Motivated by a challenge to tackle mental health stigmas in Australia and Asia, Gii directed and produced a Korean/Australian short film called ‘Two Lives’. Since its completion, ‘Two Lives’ has won an Accolade Global Film Competition Award and is currently completing the international festival circuit.

What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
Growing up I pursued the dramatic arts and performed in a variety of stage performances. My background in theatre helped me discover a passion for writing and directing. From there the natural progression was into filmmaking. For me, filmmaking is a tool to communicate with audiences and raise discussion about real-life issues I’m passionate about.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
At SAE I developed many friendships and learnt how to find the confidence to work in teams as an introvert. Not only that, but I had the opportunity to meet students in other specialisations such as Audio Engineering and Animation. I chose to study at SAE for its practical experience and hands-on approach.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
SAE gave me the skills and confidence to take my specialisation to the next level. SAE was a platform where I could make mistakes and better myself – it was important for me to trial and error whilst studying, under the supervision of industry experts. There were numerous opportunities that were presented to us to gain experience and network within the field we were most interested in.

What are your career highlights?
There are small successes that I’m grateful to have had such as networking with an array of other passionate artists, having my films screened at international festivals and receiving awards. This is the beginning of my journey and I am sure there will be many more accomplishments to come. My greatest personal accomplishment is finding a pursuit to voice myself and give my life purpose.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
Recently I completed a Korean/Australian suicide drama (short film) called ‘Two Lives’, which aims to connect communities, raise mental health awareness and encourage help-seeking. Right now I’m about to start a short format documentary channel as an extension of my production company, and am writing my first feature screenplay.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
Creative industries are certainly difficult and highly competitive but not impossible to succeed in. Everyone encounters challenges – it’s all part of the fun. It is imperative to build relationships with others and collaborate creativity as much as possible – keep an open mind and learn from one another. Remember: rules are made to be broken, nothing worthwhile is easy, be bold and take risks.

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