I am an experienced Screen Production lecturer, a filmmaker, and a business owner. Through my broad industry experience, I know that it is not enough anymore to only do one thing, so I don’t just teach filmmaking, I endeavour to inspire students to start businesses, create their own opportunities, promote achievement, give back, mentor others, and enjoy the journey.
Most recently my efforts have been recognised with the Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching Award for a pioneering long format Screen Production honours program, redesigned and informed by my creative PhD (https://youtu.be/cGEMBwGzr5o). In the newly refocused and enhanced honours program, topics are scaffolded and progress towards a completed feature film or TV pilot. Producing long format films within the tertiary environment is rare, and internationally, is unheard of at the honours level. Growing directly from my research interest this is a major innovation in the teaching program, which is attracting honours students and developing highly capable graduates.
The nexus between creating and teaching screen production is absolutely invigorating. I have a passion for teaching students, and it is fulfilling to help them grow and then watch as they achieve success in the filmmaking world.
Every day I bring together industry and education, the long running and highly successful Community Voices Program being a prime example (https://youtu.be/tCjLdOitGlE). In this Program students collaborate with not-for-profit organisations to produce online video ads and short documentaries that promote, celebrate and recruit volunteers in South Australia. Since commencement more than 250 students have participated in the program, producing over 125 videos.
As a practitioner and the managing director of a successful video production company I am creating a bridge between Flinders University and the industry. This enterprise builds local capacity, skills and networks, and employs our graduates allowing them to establish themselves. Frankie Films Pty Ltd (www.frankiefilms.com.au) creates high-end corporate films, promotional videos, short documentaries, motion graphics, animation, time lapse, tourism content and hybrid projects. Our ongoing collaboration with the South Australian Tourism Commission has produced Tourism Champions (www.tourism.sa.gov.au/campaigns/tourism-champions), a long running documentary series showcasing tourism operators from around the state. A trailer for the series can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAustralianTourismCommission/videos/403882203732760/
Making a Feature Film in 100 Days (in Development - end 2023)
From script to screen, and everything in between documented on YouTube.
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