An Oscar-winning film producer and a pair of Griffith University alumni are the driving force behind the scholarships for the next generation of film talent.
Budding animal filmmaker Alfred Beales will have the opportunity to perfect their craft alongside the best film crews in the country after winning the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) John Bean ACS Memorial Scholarship.
International film student Matthew Foo received the Lord David Puttnam Scholarship for Producers, which will allow him to learn from the best and take advantage of the opportunities of the international industry.
Meanwhile the Kieran Ricketts Fellowship in Film and Film, awarded to a promising undergraduate student, went to Adelaide Lapere.
A beautiful tribute
The ABC John Bean ACS Memorial Cinematography Fellowship was established in memory of former Griffith University student and ABC cameraman John Bean, who died in a helicopter crash in 2011.
The scholarship is offered as part of a partnership between the ABC and GFS to enhance the local industry and help the next generation of filmmakers find exciting new ways to tell stories through film.
It includes an intensive six-week internship with ABC and is designed to support the ongoing studies of a talented postgraduate film student.
Recipient Alfred Beales said the scholarship would help further develop his technical skills and establish a network of industry mentors.
“It not only funds half of my masters, but I have the chance to do an internship with a film crew on ABC News, which is fantastic,” he said.
“It’s great that the ABC wants to train the next generation of filmmakers and I know John would come to GFS and mentor the students, so it’s a great way to honor that legacy. “
Alfred wants to make wildlife documentaries after graduation, and said the master’s degree is a way to gain experience and network contacts in the industry.
“Going to film school is more than technical skills, a big part of your success is down to the connections you make,” he said.
“At GFS, we are fortunate to have speakers who are plugged into the industry and can help us get ahead of the curve.
Oscar winner nurtures the next generation of filmmakers
Malaysian filmmaker Matthew Foo has received the Lord David Puttnam Grant for Producers.
Oscar winner Lord David Puttnam CBE has a long standing relationship with GFS. He regularly visits the school to give lectures and masterclasses on everything from movies and money, the use of sound and music and the evolving role of author and producer.
Matthew said the scholarship would allow him to undertake further study and pursue his dream of revolutionizing film financing.
“As part of the MA I’m looking at how we can fund filmmakers using non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and develop a multi-camera sitcom,” he said.
“Studying at GFS means you have so many resources at your disposal – from camera equipment to soundstages and new virtual film technology. “
Matthew has said he would like to emulate the careers of producers like Lord Puttnam.
“I think producers have the ability to oversee all the different departments of a film – from pre-production to filming, post-production and marketing.”
Pursuing a legacy of socially conscious storytelling
Adelaide Lapere was awarded the Kieran Ricketts Film and Film Fellowship, which honors the late GFS alumnus who made an ABC career as a producer on projects such as Q&A, Hungry Beast and ABC News 24.
Adelaide, from Rockhampton, said the scholarship would allow her to focus on her studies while taking advantage of opportunities in the industry.
“It’s so exciting and a little overwhelming. I immediately called Rocky Mom and Dad back to let them know and my whole family was over the moon, ”she said.
“This scholarship provides financial support throughout my degree, which will allow me to prioritize my academic work and give me the chance to seize opportunities and build a good portfolio.”
As part of the scholarship, Adelaide will do a one-month internship at ABC, which will help her fulfill her dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker.
“I want to be able to do the best job I can and continue Kieran’s legacy. He had the passion to give a voice to the voiceless, which is also a big driving force for me, ”she said.
“I have a lot of ideas about the kind of Australian stories I want to tell – the stories of regional communities or marginalized communities that are not told so much.”
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