Big wins for Murdoch film creatives

November 8, 2016

Tara Guerrini

Tara Guerrini said her tutors had inspired her throughout her time at Murdoch

A Murdoch University postgraduate student and staff member from the School of Arts have won accolades in prestigious screen awards.

Student Tara Guerrini has won The Greg Bell Student Encouragement Award with the Australian Screen Sound Guild for her development as a talented screen sound recorder and designer.

And lecturer Damian Fasolo won two prizes at the state Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) awards for his work on the Murdoch University-produced short film, Sol Bunker.

Tara, who has almost completed her Graduate Diploma in Media Production, specialising in sound, was nominated for her award by her tutors for her unerring passion, positivity and focus.

Course coordinator Dr John McMullan said she produced outstanding work on one shoot, despite filming coinciding with a nearby building demolition.

“This, as you might expect, created a nightmare environment for recording on-set sound, but Tara saw it as a challenge and used it to take her learning and practice to a higher level,” he said. “She received a High Distinction from her industry mentor for her work in this project.

“The award means that Tara is the most promising screen sound student in Australia and indicates the power of the industry-supervised training and experience she gained from participating in our Graduate Diploma in Media Production.

Damian Fasolo

Damian won two prizes at the state Australian Cinematographers Society awards

“She is now well poised to enter the Australian screen industry as a young creative who has proven her worth on set and in the edit room.”

Tara said she was very surprised to learn of her success and is looking forward to attending the award ceremony on 20 November in Sydney.

“My two sound tutors, Dr Leo Murray and Dr Johannes Mulder both helped me learn and inspired me throughout my undergraduate degree in sound at Murdoch,” she said.

“The graduate diploma has connected me with industry professionals which in turn has led me to work on some great projects. My tutors’ dedication to these courses is what helps us students become successful after we graduate.”

Damian Fasolo, a lecturer in screen production, said he felt honoured to win the Best Cinematography prize and the Cliff Ellis Memorial Award for being the most promising active member of ACS in WA.

“They were both in highly competitive categories, and were selected by the best industry professionals in the field. I’m elated they were impressed with my work,” he said.

“I think it’s yet another indication that our screen production program has lecturers who are both recognised researchers and practitioners in the field.

“The Sol Bunker film was a collaborative effort between six Murdoch creative arts staff – it’s fantastic for our students and research outputs that we have this depth of experience and talent within the School of Arts.”

Damian received his awards at a ceremony in Frasers Restaurant, Perth, just over a week ago.

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