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Claudia Maharaj
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts 2005

I chose Deakin because…
It had a great selection of subjects across many art disciplines so I was able to study painting, photography and film and also collaborate with dancers to make dance/films

After leaving uni I…
Was employed by Deakin as a sessional staff member where I taught how you use film and editing equipment to first year film students. I also worked freelance as a camera operator and was heavily involved in the local film community where I was the treasurer on the board of the Victorian Branch of the ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) and I was the state secretary on the board of WIFT (Women in Film and Television).

Two years after finishing uni I landed my first full-time job in the film industry as a junior telecine operator and D.I. colourist at Digital Pictures, I stayed at Digital Pictures until I decided to make the move to London a couple of years ago.

At uni I was inspired by…
The artists and films I studied including; Blade Runner, Metropolis, 2047, In the Mood for Love,  Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Christopher Doyle, Robert Mapplethorp, Nan Goldin and Bill Henson.

I am currently…
Working in London as an Assistant Visual Effects Editor and Double Negative Visual Effects.

Today, I am motivated by…
Art and movies. Being in London I am able to see a lot more international art, which is really inspiring and working in the film industry here I have also had the opportunity to be around Directors that I really look up too, like Christopher Nolan and Andrew Stanton.

Professionally, my proudest achievement is…
Being part of the team which won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects on the film Inception.

Success to me is…
Having the courage and conviction to put yourself out there. Being an artist is very hard and in the past I have spent time on the dole which was a little demoralizing, however I always continued to pursue my dreams.

In the future I would like to…
Spend more time on my personal artistic pursuits, since I have been in London I have started painting again and will hopefully be having an exhibition here very soon

The best thing I would recommend about Deakin is…
The interaction between different art disciplines - I really enjoyed this and if helped me to gain a more rounded view of art in general and facilitate my growth as an artist.


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