Student & Graduate Profiles

Ashley Laurie

ashley laurie working at rockwiz

Bachelor of Film and Digital Media

Ashley was recently invited to attend the 2008 AFI industry awards night. She remembers it being ‘an incredibly surreal night. As I sat in the Princess Theatre surrounded by some of Australia's most talented and amazing film-makers there were a few moments where I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this time last year I was handing in my final assignment!’

The main reason Ashley chose Deakin was the opportunity to complete an industry internship as part of her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Media Arts)*. As she puts it, ‘I knew that if I applied myself, this would make for a great stepping stone into the industry.’ In hindsight, she was right on the money about that!

While completing an internship at Renegade films, Ashley was able to learn a great deal about the industry first hand. She was a runner on TV commercials for companies such as WorkSafe, HBA and Target. Not to mention being offered freelance work such as being a cable-hand for the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame Awards and Art Department Assistant for a Schweppes ad.

After graduating Ashley worked as a production assistant/photographer for Verve Portraits, until Renegade Films called to offer her a full-time position. She is now Production Assistant for the AFI-award-winning SBS quiz show RocKwiz. Her role involves everything from making sure the guest artists have enough beer in the green room on show night, to paying crew invoices, to designing artwork for the RocKwiz Christmas CD and the new range of merchandise.

The flexibility and diversity of her position has enabled her to become involved on other projects around Renegade such as being production assistant on a promotional video clip for the Tex Perkins and The Ladyboys, and the re-release of the documentary The Very Last of the Gate-keepers, as well as assisting in the taping of the stage show Broad.

She has also been able to volunteer on a number of independent projects such as the short film ‘Pinata’ written and directed by Sian Davis. It is in the post production stages at the moment and is set to enter many festivals in 2009.

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