Grafton TAFE – Yowie sighting in the Pillar Valley!

Truth is stranger than fiction….

We were heading for a day’s filming at Sam’s place in the Pillar Valley when Michelle and Maria called for a pit stop.  Three minutes later we heard loud, terrified screaming!   Michelle came back with the evidence….


Grafton TAFE – The Yowies are Coming!

Inspired by a recent Yowie sighting, students are currently completing scripts for a group mockumentary project featuring the Yowies of Grafton.  Shooting will begin in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for stills and the final video.

In the meantime, you can read more about the Yowies here

Grafton TAFE – One Small Window

Class exercises have begun.  The first few weeks of Term 1 are intensive, with lots of hands-on learning.  Below are some stills of students participating in the ABC Open One Small Window project.  The aim of this project is; in a single shot of 30 to 60 secs ‘detail a moment in life’.

Mick, Michelle, Billy, and Ellie

Sam, Mick, Jo and Maria

You can see the final product, plus lots of other contributions at the following Vimeo link.  Check out Sam and crew’s re-interpretation of Hawaai 5-0!

Grafton TAFE videos are no 195, and 198.

Grafton TAFE – Certificate IV Screen and Media

It’s great to be back at Grafton TAFE.  I grew up in rural Victoria, and coming back to this regional town full of clear blue skies, empty paddocks, and beautiful green vistas truly nurtures my soul.

This year’s student group are a positive, enthusiastic bunch, with that distinctive laconic, laidback country town feel.

Teaching and studying rurally creates it’s own set of differences and challenges. Students travel from far and wide e.g. Iluka,Wooli, Nana Glen, and Bellingen.  A fair bit of brainstorming occurs in car pools!  Flooding seems to be the only deterrent to attendance – in 2009 students from Coffs Harbour travelling via the Pacific Highway were cut off three times.

One of the simple pleasures in the teaching day is to see students’ rushes.  Time after time a student will show another perfect location for filming – whether it be the natural beauty or the relics of abandoned industry.  2011 should be no exception… 

NMIT – Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE. Screen students.

I spent most of 2010 in Melbourne teaching Diploma in Screen and Media at NMIT.  Below are some stills from the last few weeks of night classes.   This was a great group to teach and work with, being highly motivated and creative.  Thanks everyone – we had lots of fun!

NMIT – Fast turnaround exercise.

The final class exercise with NMIT Diploma students prior to their individual major projects.  My teaching method is very practical; students do lots of scenarios and exercises.  This was a ‘fast turnaround’ task – shot on one night, and edited the next – it teaches speed, efficiency and teamwork.  The task also required the students to use lights, and incorporate a dolly shot.

George, James and Chris.

In this exercise, Chris not only acted, he also recorded the audio.

You can see the final video at

NMIT – Lights, camera, action!

Night class at NMIT, playing around with lights.  Nothing can deter this group – not even a cold, supposedly Spring evening.

Emma in a pensive moment...

Jake blows out the cold air

Jake directs Cam, Emma on boom.