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4 Sep 2018





4 Sep 2018

SAE students and graduates do amazing things in industry - working and collaborating with other talented creatives and producing some groundbreaking and entertaining work. Here we showcase a number of film students, past and present and even our SAE lecturers - who are actively working in the Australian film industry.

SAE Sydney - Daniel Bourke - A Room Full of Lego 

SAE Bachelor of Film student Daniel Bourke has created the heartwarming documentary A Room Full of Lego, winner of the Changing Face International Film Festival May 2018 Best Documentary category.

Daniel was inspired to create A Room Full of Lego after belonging to the Lego community for a number of years.

“I wanted to share our story and I knew the story I wanted to tell, a story about adults, for adults.”

A Room Full of Lego proves that the assumption that Lego is synonymous with kids is inaccurate, there is a flourishing community of Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL) and respect for the craft shines through the film’s production and passion through the film’s protagonists.

Director / Producer, Colorist Daniel Bourke

Director Of Photography, Editor Austyn Hartley

Location Sound  Tristan Gaiter

Lighting / Gaffer, Motion Graphics  Jon Stevenson

Post Audio Mix + Master Hayden McDonald

Executive Producers Renee Brack, Brad Crawford, Mark Parry 

SAE Byron Bay - Stefan Jose - Man Up

The viscerally haunting Man Up created by SAE Alumni Stefan José, is unlike any awareness film you have experienced before. Stefan produced Man Up in response to discovering the shocking statistics of male suicide rates in Australia, using his own time and resources he crafted a story that immerses audiences in an individual's solitary journey.

Stefan’s concept was to make it engaging and relatable on a personal level by appealing to the shared experience of difficult times and the film succeeds in expressing the raw emotion of what this looks and feels like.

Stefan intends to continue the narrative explored in Man Up, he has been connecting with organisations and wants to explore the development of a film series further.

“I feel very blessed to do what I do for a job and much of that is thanks to SAE. Working mostly on commercial projects these days much of my work is related to selling a brand so I felt it was time to give back in a meaningful way,” he says. 

Written, Produced and Directed Stefan José @stefanjosedp

Director of Photography Stefan José

Edit and Sound Design Stefan José

Talent Cai Leplaw @jxlom

Colourist Billy Wychgel @billywychgel

Audio Mix Engineer Jordan Power @jordantpower

Graphic Design Tom Milledge

Camera and Set Assistants

Francisco Tavoni @tavoni

Clementine Bourke @clementinebourke

Shane Crosland @shane_crosland

Izzy Rowland @izzyvox

SAE Melbourne - Aedan Bruitzman - 1000 Pages

Working under pressure was a lesson quickly learnt by Bachelor of Film student Aedan Bruitzman who wrote, directed and produced 1000 Pages in one week before the closing date of the Melbourne International Film Festival Powershorts competition.

Working to the Powershorts brief for a film 3 minutes or under in duration, to be shot entirely on smartphones and with the theme ‘insignificant things can mean a lot to others’, Aedan’s concept grew from the Japanese story of the 1000 paper cranes. With that, Aedan and crew jumped into action, the footage was shot over a weekend with 4 camera assistants, all armed with smart phones. The film was edited the next day and and an SAE audio student kindly gave his time to originally compose and score 1000 Pages and he did so in a day, within a week the crew found out they were Powershorts finalists.

1000 Pages was awarded one of top 3 short films in the competition, Aedan believes this is because of the teamwork and efficiency the crew displayed; “that we were finalists was surprising and exciting considering what a whirlwind the production was,” he said. With the dust now settled, Aedan plans to expand the script of 1000 Pages and re-film, possibly with cameras this time!

Director, Writer, Camera, Colour Grader Aedan Bruitzman

Editor, Camera Kavin Pramesiripaisan

Camera Marcus Machen

Camera Elizabeth Watkins 

Mixing & Composition Peter Cho

SAE Brisbane - Mairi Cameron - The Second

SAE Film lecturers Mairi Cameron and Stephen Lance gave the opportunity of a lifetime to Brisbane students and Alumni to work alongside them on their feature film - The Second.

The psychological thriller about two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel is filmed in central Queensland’s Western Downs region at one of the nation’s most breathtakingly stunning heritage-listed properties. The Jimbour House' homestead sits on one of the earliest livestock stations, 238 km northwest of Brisbane. 

For Mairi it was a natural choice to hire students as crew for The Second, “I got to see the student’s talent emerge in the classroom and blossom on set - they were ready to be immersed in longform, industry-level productions.” and for Mairi hiring the students paid off, she says the students involved contributed professionalism and passion in conjunction with an excellent work ethic to the project. 

For the students living together in a crew of 20 in the historic Jimbour House house while filming meant that they had to step up, integrate and learn fast, something Mairi said the students embraced wholeheartedly.

The Second has been selected for a Screen Producer's of Australia Award for Best Feature Film 

The Second is Streaming now on Stan.

SAE Sydney - Renee Brack - Red Handed

Red Handed was originally written by SAE Film Lecturer Renée Brack as a live stage production that was performed in Sydney 2006 as part of Short+Sweet - the world's largest short play festival. The script has now been developed into a film currently showing on the Short Film festival circuit.

Inspired by true events and personal experience, Red Handed tells the story of Lily who wants to go about her day in peace, but a familiar voice calls her again and the police won’t help. Justice now lies in her hands.

2018 WON 1st Place  Micro Suspense-Thriller category

23rd Indie Gathering Film Festival 2018, Cleveland Ohio, USA 

2017 WON Silver Remi Award  WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival 2017 Category 313 Shorts – Fantasy / Horror 

NOMINATED Australian Academy Award (AACTA) Short film category Cinematography DOP Ron Howard 

Scriptwriter Renée Brack          

Director Tony Tilse DGA

Producer Chris Ramos


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