Feature film offers unique industry insights June 14, 2013 Two Murdoch University media students have enjoyed a taste of the film industry, working behind the scenes on local crime thriller The Reckoning. (L-R) First assistant director Michael Faranda, producer Deidre Kitcher, director John V. Soto with Murdoch students Sophia van der Leeden and Cameron Whiteford Several of the film's scenes were shot at Murdoch’s South Street campus. "Working on a professional film set is a very different environment to a student shoot," said postgraduate diploma student Sophia van der Leeden. "It was a great opportunity to gain hands on experience, while learning new skills as an intern in the wardrobe department." Masters student Cameron Whiteford, who worked as a production intern, said he'd made valuable industry contacts while on set. "It was an opportunity to prove myself to those who matter and put what I have learned into practice," he said. Husband and wife team John V. Soto and Deidre Kitcher are behind the $2.5 million feature, serving as writer-director and producer, respectively. Both students said they would like to emulate the success of the creative duo, with Mr Whiteford and Ms van der Leeden hoping to build careers as producers. "I love taking on the responsibilities, networking and thinking critically on my feet," Mr Whiteford said. "The postgraduate courses are strongly focused on film production rather than theory, giving us the chance to work on bigger projects with a budget," Ms van der Leeden added. "It allows us to develop our skills further so that we graduate with more specialised knowledge, which is crucial to set us apart in such a competitive industry." The Reckoning is expected to premiere at next year's Sundance Film Festival. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Schools, School of Arts Tags: cameron whiteford, deidre kitcher, john v soto, michael faranda, murdoch university, sophia van der leeden, sundance film festival, the reckoning Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!