An RMIT student has co-produced an acclaimed documentary on highlining, exploring the dreams of those who dare to face their fears.
One Inch from Flying, co-produced by student Tiffany Wong, has been accepted into the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival following its debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival in the United States.
The film focuses on highlining, a modern version of a balance sport with origins in circus tight rope walking.
In highlining, the classic "tight rope" is free to move around in unpredictable ways at elevated heights.
While there, Ms Wong developed the film alongside a group of local students interested in investigating how these athletes managed to conquer their fear of heights in order to walk the high lines.
Over two weekends of filming, Ms Wong and the crew captured incredible footage of highliners in action against the backdrop of some of California's most breathtaking sites.
"It feels incredibly rewarding and satisfying to know that our hard work as a group paid off," she said.
"Knowing that people enjoy the film and appreciate the lengths we went to (two back-to-back weekend trips to the Mojave Desert and San Francisco) in order to make it, I've never been prouder of anything else I've made before."
Ms Wong praised the breadth of exchange opportunities on offer in the Media and Communication.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have been able to go on exchange to the US, meet an amazing group of filmmakers at SDSU and work on a film like this," she said.
Ms Wong is currently undertaking her final year of RMIT's industry-renowned media degree.
The Bachelor of Communication (Media) has a strong reputation as a hands-on program offering students an integrated undergraduate degree combining the best of both theory and practice.
The media program takes advantage of state-of-the-art learning facilities and equipment for film, television, radio, internet and convergent media production.
Documentary director and co-producer Will Suto, co-producer Tiffany Wong, co-producer Kyle LaMontagne, highliner Chris Rigby, and co-producer Greg Robinson.
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