TAFE students make movie magic

A hint of movie magic has made its way to the TAFE Queensland Coomera Creative campus with a full production team onsite filming Australia’s next big romantic sci-fi film, ‘Loveland’, supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

A purpose built set simulating a Chinese-influenced mega city has been created at the Coomera Creative campus with other portions of the movie being filmed in Hong Kong, Brisbane and parts of the Gold Coast.

The campus is buzzing with actors, directors, producers, cameramen, sound technicians, hair and makeup artists, costume stylists and set designers from Bunya Productions which is headed by Director Ivan Sen.

TAFE students from various courses are gaining work integrated learning experiences with the production crew and students also have an opportunity to be extras in the film.

Student Kiana Johnson is just seven weeks into her Diploma of Screen and Media (Film & TV) course has already had opportunities to work with the film crew.

“Clapping the movie slate for a scene of Loveland was by far the most unreal experience to date,” says Kiana.

“To set foot on a real movie set and to be able to not only see behind the scenes but to be actively involved is a dream come true.

“The experience has really inspired me to be proactive about getting into the industry and to create my own work and be that person who is sitting in the Director’s chair.”

Students from Building Design, Interior Design and Music courses have also walked through the set at the Coomera campus and connected with the set designers to talk through industry experiences and processes, while Hair and makeup students have been invited to come look at the hair and makeup trailer and chat to professionals about how to get into the movie industry and see how it all works.

Over the three week filming schedule more than 60 TAFE Queensland students will have had some interaction, connection and experience with the Bunya Productions crew.

IMAGE: Students Kiana and Jack on set with actor Ryan Kwanten

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