Students get behind the scenes at BIGSOUND


9 Sep 2015




Students get behind the scenes at BIGSOUND

9 Sep 2015

As well as being Queensland’s biggest music industry event, BIGSOUND is giving Brisbane SAE students a unique opportunity to put their film skills to the test.

Twelve students from SAE Creative Media Institute will capture highlights from the sold-out conference over three days, live-filming presentations by some of the country’s leading names in music including Peter Garrett, hip hop artist and activist Brother Ali, and the Head of Wiliam Morris Endeavor’s music division, Marc Geiger.

They’ll be working around the clock to stream the keynote presentations to other areas of the Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct and will be uploading content to online music magazine, The Music.

The Head of Film at SAE’s Brisbane campus, Mairi Cameron, said this was the third year that SAE students had worked behind the scenes at BIGSOUND, gaining valuable hands-on experience and connecting with some of the biggest names in the industry.

“It’s all part of our commitment to give our degree students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they’re learning in real-world environments,” she said. “Some of the students will receive studio unit credits towards their studies, depending on their learning outcomes.”

BIGSOUND Producer Denise Foley said the SAE students had always been highly productive and a pleasure to work with. “They were very professional, turned the product around quickly and gave us something we could use immediately,” she said.

SAE Institute is a niche creative media educator, delivering government-approved certificate, diploma and degree programs in six disciplines - animation, audio, design, film, games and web and mobile. All bachelor programs incorporate compulsory internships, studio projects and major projects.

“SAE’s Bachelor of Film is a hands-on filmmaking course covering practical screen production skills from camera operating to post-production as well as developing soft skills in effective leadership, collaboration and communication,” Cameron said.

“At BIGSOUND, the students will be cutting live between three cameras, using the new TriCaster multi-camera desk from our Brisbane campus for the conference.

“With access to this equipment, students will be able to record session after session without needing to run back to the edit suite to post-produce the content. “They will take on different roles at BIGSOUND including directing, editing, sound recording, camera operating and interviewing artists, depending on what stage they are at in their studies.”

Nineteen-year-old aspiring production designer Jessica Ward, who is nearing the end of her film degree at SAE, said BIGSOUND was an amazing chance to work with a crew in a realworld situation – and promised to be plenty of fun.

Second-year film student Josh Bailey, 20, agreed that it was a great opportunity. “I’ve done stuff like this before, but never with such a large team,” said Bailey, who wants to pursue a career in marketing and live production.

SAE offers fast-tracked degrees over two years. In the first stage, students learn foundation elements and essential technical skills. In the second-stage, students work in simulated project groups on large-scale deliverables.

Cameron, who also works as a film director and has produced music videos for artists such as Megan Washington, Sarah Blasko and Kate Miller-Heidke, said the SAE approach to teaching and learning ensured students had the skills and experience needed to hit the ground running – even before graduating.

“As far as I’m concerned, by stage two our students are actually filmmakers and practitioners,” she said. “The final part of the degree is their bridge to industry. Through compulsory internships we’re literally walking the students into real-world situations and supporting them along the way.”

Inter-disciplinary collaboration is also a cornerstone of the SAE teaching and learning model. “As well as the more traditional collaborations, where film and audio students team up to produce a short film, there are some really interesting collaborations evolving.

“We’re starting to put games, animation and film students in one room to see what they come up with. Students can also choose with whom they collaborate, so a trimester five student can employ trimester three students on a high-level music production.

“It’s a really exciting time, and most importantly, it reflects what’s happening in studios around the world.”

BIGSOUND runs from 9 to 11 September in Fortitude Valley. Students will bump in on Tuesday 8 September.