Bachelor of Contemporary Arts - Media Arts
It's all lights and action for aspiring film maker Tim Schumann who has topped off his Bachelor of Contemporary Arts degree studies at Deakin with two major coups. Empty Palette, a film he made in collaboration with fellow students from Deakin, won a berth at the 2003 St Kilda Film Festival and, he was awarded a spot in Deakin's film graduate program at the 2003 International Film Festival in Melbourne. 'We were over the moon,' said Tim, 23, who made the film with five other fellow students as a collaborative final year project.
'Making the film and then entering it in the festival was a fantastic experience because we had to do everything. We had to write the script, finance the project to the tune of about $6,500 from sponsorship and fund raising, as well as film it, edit it and then promote it.'
To enter the St Kilda Festival, the Deakin team had to prepare a polished submission to accompany the film, as well as a press kit and photographs. They were able to draw on the skills they had gained from the broad-based core subjects and electives offered through the course. In addition, and over the year it took to make the film, Tim said the group experienced first-hand the team making process involved in such a project.
To top off his studies, Tim was also awarded a place in Melbourne's International Film Festival graduate program. This enabled him to attend films, meet the film makers and other people involved in the industry, and also sit in on press conferences. Tim considered the opportunity as one of value adding to what he has gained from his formal studies at Deakin, as well as his work placement at an experimental media organisation. Tim has always wanted to be in film and switched schools in upper secondary so he could undertake media studies before heading to university. It was Deakin graduates themselves who recommended the then Rusden-based course in Contemporary Arts.