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" Studying at SAE breeds so much creativity "


SAE Brisbane alumnus Zac Hutchings studied a Diploma of Audio Production (2012-2013) and a Bachelor of Film Production (2013-2015), but it was film that became his preferred choice of discipline. Zac’s constant strive to capture the moving image, to tell stories and share a message is what drives him to produce meaningful work on a daily basis.

What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
Growing up in a very creative and musical family I always found passion for creating. When YouTube popped up I was instantly drawn to the idea of a community which created and shared cool videos, so I started to make some crappy videos on a camera phone in high school with some mates and from there the passion for film blossomed.

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
My fondest memories from SAE would definitely be the subjects like Screenwriting, Documentary, TVP and Directing. These allowed me and my peers to work together and bounce ideas off each other. No one can do it alone in the creative media industries, so I found it really valuable to work closely with my peers.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
Studying at SAE breeds so much creativity. You go to uni everyday with creative people from all areas and that in itself creates this energy and motivation to be awesome. Aside from this, I found the lecturers extremely valuable, they all have industry experience and love to help the students grow, and at the end of the day, create awesome stuff. All of these things just helped me grow and gain some confidence stepping out into the real world with knowledge and motivation.

What are your career highlights?
So far my career highlights would definitely be filming at the EduTech conference in Brisbane and travelling down to Victoria to meet with clients and film their stories. I have been given some great opportunities to talk to some incredible people and also be able to tell their story through film.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on quite a lot of work. I work full time at a social media business and get to help professionals use video to be authentic in their market so they can attract the right sort of clients. Aside from this, I have a couple of scripts for short films/web series on the go and am gearing up to record an EP with my band, as well as film a music video for one of the tracks.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
Aside from the usual advice of ‘not taking your time at SAE for granted’, which seems like a cliche but it really is true, I would advise current students to look at their assignments as projects that will help build their careers. Don’t just get your work done for the sake of it, make your assignments and film projects awesome because you can use them to kickstart your career while you are still studying, don’t wait just go and chase your dream!

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