Rob Innes travelled to Vietnam and Laos to film and produce documentaries, and recently had the ABC commission his original idea for a TV series.
Interview with Rob Innes
Tell us about your current role – what does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is completely different, depending on what stage of production you’re in, and what role you’re doing. I don’t know if there’s anything such as a ‘typical day’ in television or film production, but right now I’m based out of our office working with our editor to finalise the last video deliverables for the Housemates series to ABC. On top of that, I spend my time developing and writing new ideas to form into concepts that I can pitch.
What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
I think the most rewarding part is being able to share your creations with the people who have contributed to it along the way. You can get so bogged down in the process that when people finally see it, it’s exciting. I love hearing the initial reactions people have, as everyone always notices something different or unique, so the project continues to grow.
What were some of the memorable experiences you had at Deakin? i.e. social, academic, intellectual.
I came from doing a year of Arts at another university, and what I loved most about switching to this course and Deakin was that I was able to not only study film, but make films too. The course included collaborative subjects where we all made great friends and were able to work with people of different creative interests and skills.
Did you learn anything from your Deakin studies to take directly to the workforce?
I established team and people management skills, which helped in the creative arts workplace as television and film production is a team environment.
What are your career/life highlights?
My life highlight would be my yearlong trip to Europe and Canada. During my career I’ve had many highlights, from my work as a talent agent helping to represent actors and other creative people to achieve their goals, my first selection at a film festival for one of my short films, travelling to Vietnam and Laos to film and produce documentaries, and recently having the ABC commission my original idea for a TV series.
Can you give any advice to our current students?
Working in TV and film is all about hard work, self-belief and determination, and a diverse CV. In the early days you need to build a portfolio of work, which means you won’t always be paid, but passion and commitment pays off. You need to be engaged with the industry at all times, go to festivals, watch local content, meet and network with content creators, and always be professional. But most importantly, get out there and create stuff. Companies like to hire people that are doing things.