Film students learning from the big guns

May 14, 2012

Murdoch University filmmakers are rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in the Australian film industry.

Students from the new graduate screen production program are working with cinematographer Denson Baker, production designer Herbert Pinter and emerging actress Olivia de Jonge to produce a short film.

Executive Producer of the film and Academic Chair of the screen program, Melanie Rodriga, said they hoped the film, Eleven Thirty, would make it to the international film festival circuit.

“The point of difference for our screen program is that we attract high profile industry professionals to work with our students,” Ms Rodriga said.

Denson Baker is one of Australia’s top cinematographers and is best known for his work on the feature films Oranges and Sunshine, The Black Balloon and The Waiting City.  He worked alongside the students as Director of Photography during the week-long shoot at Murdoch’s South Street campus.

Herbert Pinter is a leading production designer and has been mentoring the students, helping them to dress the set for the film.  Pinter is best known for building the iconic Cloudstreet home from scratch and designing Mao’s Last Dancer.

Olivia de Jonge plays the daughter of struggling family in the short film.  She has won three major awards for her role in another short film The Good Pretender and has been invited to Los Angeles to audition for Sofia Coppola’s new film.

Eleven Thirty is written by one of our undergraduate screenwriting students, Meredith Lindsay,” Ms Rodriga said.

“I recognised the potential in the script last year and asked her to keep working on it.

“Set in remote Western Australia in 1992, it follows the life of a family struggling to stay together as they travel from jobsite to jobsite.”

Fifteen students and five graduates are involved in the production.  The film is due to be completed by June.

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