Instead of relaxing and binge watching TV, three Creative writing students converted their mid-semester holiday period into a productive and successful shooting block for their show.
Third year students Michelle Melky, Dylan Murphy and Tom Henry Jones in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) used their break to create a web series about two flat mates trying to make it in the real world.
The web series is called “Feedback” and follows Edmund (Tom Henry Jones) a misanthropic writer who has writers block, and Levi (James Morris), a boozed up musician who can’t catch a break.
Produced by Melky and written by Murphy and Jones, the students wanted to produce something over that period to combat that feeling of guilt they’d share at the end of each holiday and to have something that they could be proud of and continue making beyond graduation.
Jones said that there is often a deep insecurity in young artists as they find their footing and hone their creative voices.
“We wanted to have a poke at that vulnerability whilst also trying (through our two main characters) to interrogate the white male perspective in a world which is, in many ways, gradually leaving it behind.”
“What does it mean, for instance, to want to be worshipped as a rock band front man or a Hemingway style literary giant in 2016 and where can one draw a line between genuine impulse to create and a desperate need for gratification?”
“These are the questions that drive Feedback and which we hope in some way to answer over the course of the show,” Jones said.
Bonny Cassidy who teaches in the program said this student production is one more example of how Creative Writing students learn to apply their skills beyond their program of study.
“This group has taken the collective talent of their peers and the techniques learned in their studies, and applied a good dash of initiative, passion and energy to make their project vision come to life in the "outside" world.”
“Michelle, Tom, Dylan and their colleagues reflect how the Creative Writing program fosters the combination of knowledge, networking, risk-taking and industrial experience, to prepare students for the writing life,” Cassidy said.
The series is supported by the Australian Cultural Fund and the first episode is available on youtube.
Story: Wendy Little