The introduction of RMIT University’s new media precinct boasts state-of-the-art facilities, fostering opportunities for students and industry alike.
RMIT’s Media Precinct showcases ultra-high definition 4K video and Zero Density virtual studio technology. This calibre of technology is used by leading media outlets globally, including BBC and ESPN.
Technical Services Manager of the School of Media and Communication, David Beesley commended the University’s innovation in the development of the precinct.
“To date we are the only tertiary institution in Australia running Zero Density's virtual studio technology, placing us on the bleeding edge of contemporary video production” Mr Beesley said.
“This combination of gaming and broadcast technologies opens up vast new possibilities for the creation of innovative content, and is a space in which various program areas within the University and beyond will be able to collaborate and explore.”
The Media Precinct has nurtured an exciting collaboration between RMIT’s School of Media and Communication and the “Stripy Sock Club”, a children’s TV program produced by 1440 Productions. The partnership involved 1440 shooting the pilot for the program in RMIT’s studios, while providing exciting opportunities for RMIT students to be part of the crew on set.
Manager of Partnerships and Work Integrated Learning, Laetitia Shand commended the success of the collaboration, excited by the unique opportunity it offers RMIT students.
“Students get paid to learn to work on a real production as part of the Work Integrated Learning program and industry get to work with enthusiastic new talent in our state of the art facilities- it’s a win-win,” Ms Shand said.
Students involved in the paid internship program comprised of a wide range of programs including Media, Animation and Live Production.
Roles taken on by students included:
· Assistant Editors
· Assistant Producers
· First Assistant Director
· Virtual Set Designers
· Art Department Assistants
· Assistant Sound Engineers
· Behind the Scenes Documentary Producers
· Studio Camera Operators
Managing Director of 1440 Productions and RMIT alumnus, Kristy Fuller echoed Shand’s praise of the collaboration,
“We definitely see a bright future for this partnership. It is great to get a first look at all these new talents emerging from RMIT and to be able to give them that first credit that they can use to assist them in getting work in the future,” Ms Fuller said.
“The facilities that RMIT have built are state of the art and they really are giving students the best foot forward in a highly competitive industry-knowing how to use this level of technology will really set them apart.”
Following the success of pilot shoot, it is expected 1440 Productions will film the first season of the Stripy Sock Club at RMIT later this year.
Story: Maddy Pattison