SAE students in hot seat for WA Screen Awards


15 Jun 2015




SAE students in hot seat for WA Screen Awards

15 Jun 2015

A quirky animation spoof produced by three SAE Creative Media Institute students has been shortlisted for this year’s esteemed WA Screen Awards (WASA).

It’s a massive achievement for final-year Bachelor of Animation students Gareth Lockett, Michael Redfern and Kiara Cramer who directed and produced the three-minute animation as part of their studies.

Titled Game Over, the Super Mario parody featuring a bogan princess and builder ‘Bario’, is up against three other entrants in the Best Animation category. Lockett, who directed the project and has more than 20 years’ industry experience in animation, said the project took about 10 weeks to complete and involved students from different disciplines across the campus including film, games and animation.

“We spent a few weeks writing the treatment, script, project scope, creating character designs and recording scratch track audio. By week five we were ready to pitch the project to the other animation, audio, and games students,” he said.

“Fortunately the other students laughed in the right places, so around a week later we met with the audio team and it was full steam ahead.” Redfern, who is completing his last unit at SAE, said it was fantastic to work with an eclectic team of people on the project, adding that Lockett’s experience was a valuable asset.

“Our lecturer was also a great help, providing feedback throughout the entire process, encouraging us and keeping us on track,” he said. SAE’s Department Coordinator of Games, Brett Cullen, said the Institute’s bachelor courses incorporated project-based and industry-aligned studio units that required students to collaborate on projects in real-world working environments.

“As well as providing students with access to industry-standard facilities, we’re helping them manage their own projects, work as part of a team and produce exceptional portfolios that will help them land the best jobs.”

Three graduates from SAE Creative Media Institute, Ben Nockolds, James Pentecost and Hayden Fortescue, have also been nominated for the WA Screen Awards.

Nockolds, who graduated with a Bachelor of Audio Production in 2013, has been nominated for Best Sound - Short Form Award for his work on the supernatural thriller, Pale Blue Eyes.

He is currently working on a 25 minute film funded by the ScreenWest Development Funding program and is entering a three-minute film in an upcoming international short film competition.

Pentecost and Fortescue, Bachelor of Film graduates from 2011, have been nominated for Best Interactive Media for the web series Choose Your Homage: Chinchilla Hunt.

The WASAs will be judged by 60 industry experts, with winners announced on 29 June.