Student & Graduate Profiles

Annabelle Johnson

Bachelor of Film and Digital Media

Annabelle Johnson completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Media Arts) at Deakin in 2006*. After finishing her tertiary studies she worked for a Melbourne post-production company, Roar Digital, as a post-production assistant. This led to cutting the trailer for a feature film and producing/editing a series of podcasts about the film’s production. Since then she’s edited a couple of independent music documentaries for Lior and Paul Kelly, and worked in Byron Bay for two months as an editing department attachment on the ABC series East of Everything.

Annabelle has also been putting together a screenplay for a short film that will go into production early next year, as well as working on an independent documentary with another former Deakin student. While studying at Deakin she enjoyed having the opportunity to meet other students who shared her interest in film production, and continues to see and work with a small group of students from her year level on a variety of different projects.

During her time at Deakin Annabelle was exposed to alternate film/video mediums and pathways, and was surprised by how much she enjoyed the experimental and dance video subjects that she undertook in her third year of study. Her 2006 experimental film, By Nine, won ‘Best Tertiary Experimental’ at the 2006 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) awards.

Annabelle is working towards becoming a picture editor within the drama genre. She loves the editing process and finds it ‘very exciting when all the different elements of a film are brought together, sometimes producing surprising results.’ She would love to strike a balance between realising her own work as well as collaborating as an editor on other people’s projects.
The music documentaries Annabelle edited, ‘Stoking the Holy Fire’ and ‘Music, Light and Shadows,’ can be viewed at:

*This course is now titled ‘Bachelor of Film and Digital Media’

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