Laura Arias studies the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) at RMIT University. She has a passion and vision for developing clean and sustainable food in her home country, Nicaragua.
Laura Arias: Studying Biotechnology | RMIT University
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VISUAL: Laura Arias walking through Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. She stops beside a table with boxes of mango and picks up a mango. The camera is following behind Laura, she has her back to the camera.
Laura Arias: I'm Laura Arias, I'm from Nicaragua.
VISUAL: Camera pans across tables in the market laden with fruit – kiwifruit, peaches. In the centre of the screen is the RMIT University logo and underneath that the word: presents.
VISUAL: Camera is close up on a table at the market with bunches of bananas in the foreground and mangoes are in the background. In the centre of the screen is the RMIT University logo and underneath that the word: presents.
VISUAL: Laura Arias and an unidentified female teacher walk down a corridor at RMIT through a door into a lab. In the centre of the screen is the title: Laura Arias, Studying Biotechnology at RMIT University.
Laura Arias: I'm studying a diploma of Biotechnology at RMIT.
VISUAL: Camera pans across a shelf in the lab with containers and bottles with rubber top droppers as lids.
VISUAL: Camera focuses on a sign above the door which reads: 51.7.07 Microbiology Laboratory and a safety sign with three pictures: a head wearing glasses, boots and overalls and the words: This protective equipment must be worn beyond this point.
VISUAL: Laura Arias walking towards the delicatessen area in the Queen Victoria Market. There are people standing at the delicatessen counters ordering food.
Laura Arias: The people in my country has (sic) a lot of issues ...
VISUAL Laura Arias standing in front of a seafood counter at the market where a female vendor is picking up some oysters in the shell for her from a glass case.
Laura Arias: ... and one of them is they don't have access to clean food.
VISUAL: Laura Arias walking between vegetable stalls in the market. She is holding a plastic bag and is looking at the vegetables as she passes by.
Laura Arias: And you see a lot of ...
VISUAL: Close up as camera pans across vegetables on display in the market – potatoes, broccoli, carrots, zucchini.
Laura Arias: ... childrens (sic) around the street and they don't eat properly.
VISUAL: Close up of green apples on display. Laura’s hand picks up and turns over a green apple.
Laura Arias: My biggest dream is to ...
VISUAL: Close up of Laura’s face as she lifts two apples in one hand to her nose to smell them.
Laura Arias: ... create clean food.
VISUAL: Laura is eating a piece of fruit with red skin (probably a plum) as she walks through the market towards the camera and then just past the camera.
Laura Arias: By taking clean food they're going to have a healthy mind ...
VISUAL: Camera is behind Laura Arias as she walks along Bowen Street at RMIT, Building 3 is on her right. Camera pans from her feet up to her head as she walks.
Laura Arias: ... a healthy body and they can achieve every goal that they have.
VISUAL: Laura Arias is in the lab putting on her lab coat. The unidentified female teacher is in the background standing behind her.
VISUAL: Laura Arias is sitting in the lab and holding an oyster in a shell placing a probe into it to take a sample.
Laura Arias: Right now at RMIT I'm a student of Biotechnology ...
VISUAL: Close up of a hand turning the nose piece and the four objective lenses of a microscope.
Laura Arias: ... because I want to improve my skills in the laboratory.
VISUAL: Close up of microscope looking down on the eye piece (ocular lens).
VISUAL: Video of Laura Arias sitting at a bench in front of the microscope. The female teacher is standing beside her and speaking as Laura leans in to look through the eye piece of the microscope.
Laura Arias: What inspires me? To discover what's happening in the sample.
VISUAL: Close up of a slide marked Laura which is sitting on the microscope’s stage.
VISUAL: Close up as Laura Arias looks through the eye piece of the microscope, the camera is side-on to her left eye.
Laura Arias: The environment at RMIT is amazing.
VISUAL: Video of Laura Arias standing beside the microscope as the unidentified female teacher is touching the microscope and speaking to Laura. Laura nods in agreement.
Laura Arias: The people is (sic) so polite and they're always ...
VISUAL: Close up of female teacher’s hands holding a petri dish and removing its lid.
VISUAL: Video of the female teacher showing the petri dish to Laura Arias who is standing in front of the female teacher with her back to the camera.
Laura Arias: ... understanding you and helping you in every way.
VISUAL: Laura Arias is looking through the microscope and the female teacher is standing beside her. The camera is behind Laura and moves back widening the view of the lab.
Laura Arias: After a great day of study you need to ...
VISUAL: Video of waves gently breaking on the sandy shore.
Laura Arias: ... relax and to put in order your ideas.
VISUAL: Laura Arias sitting on the beach with her arm around her husband and eating grapes with the other hand from a bag in her lap. They are both wearing sunglasses and are looking at the sea which is off screen.
Laura Arias: The best part of all of ...
VISUAL: Laura Arias and her husband sitting on the sandy beach facing the sea, the camera is some distance behind them. A jetty can be seen just to the right of the screen.
Laura Arias: ... that is I'm here with my husband.
VISUAL: Close up of Laura Arias holding hands with her husband as they are sitting on the sandy beach.
VISUAL: Video in slow motion of Laura Arias and her husband with their arms around each other as they walk along the beach with the sea and the jetty in the background.
Laura Arias: A happy life is about having the people that you love around you.
VISUAL: Close up of about 20 different padlocks on a steel cable.
VISUAL: Laura and her husband walking along the Southgate footbridge which spans the Yarra River.
VISUAL: Close up of Laura’s husband’s hands as he inscribes a message on a padlock. Laura hand can be seen beside him leaning on the bridge railing.
VISUAL: Video of Laura and her husband holding hands and simultaneously throwing a key from the padlock into the Yarra River. At the bottom of the screen are hundreds of padlocks attached to the cable under the footbridge’s railing.
VISUAL: Video in slow motion of pedestrians and a tram passing along Swanston Street at the intersection with La Trobe Street. In the background is RMIT’s Info Corner with the roof that looks like a big green brain.
Laura Arias: Studying in the city in the RMIT campus ...
VISUAL: Video of Laura Arias walking past the entrance to RMIT’s Building 16 Storey Hall and RMIT’s Info Corner.
Laura Arias: ... is so good because you have different stores nearby ...
VISUAL: Camera pans down from the shop front signs and old fashioned street lights to crowds walking along Centre Place. Some people are sitting at small tables out the front of restaurants beside the path.
Laura Arias: ... different restaurants; you have the centre of the city ...
VISUAL: Camera is at street level looking up at the dome and tower of Melbourne Central.
Laura Arias: ... going around you.
VISUAL: Video of façade of RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building camera is street level looking up.
VISUAL: Laura Arias and her husband holding hands and walking past shops in Melbourne Central.
VISUAL: Video of Laura and her husband with their backs to the camera looking at the large clock in Melbourne Central. There are crowds of people below the clock and a person is taking a photo of the clock with their phone.
Laura Arias: You see these different people around walking ...
VISUAL: Video as camera is up high and looking down on crowds in the Melbourne Central shopping centre walking and using the escalators.
Laura Arias: ... and talking in a different language.
VISUAL: Video in slow motion of Chinese New Year dragon dancers holding the dragon costume above their heads and moving the dragon. A drummer is in the background.
Laura Arias: It's amazing to see how the world can ...
VISUAL: Video of Melbourne city skyline, the Yarra River is in the foreground and on the right of the screen, spanning the Yarra, is the Princes Bridge.
Laura Arias: ... be in only one place.
VISUAL: Camera is at street level looking up at a tall tree with outstretched limbs through the foliage to the sun behind.
Laura Arias: Living here in ...
VISUAL: Video of Laura Arias standing on Swanston Street. RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building is in the background and a tram passes along Swanston Street.
Laura Arias: ... Melbourne has made me become more independent.
VISUAL: Laura Arias is sitting reading a book on the grass in the shade of a tree in front of RMIT’s Building 1 (Francis Ormond Building). There is another lady sitting on the lawn in the background and another lady is walking up the stairs of Building 1.
Laura Arias: Every issue that I have that I have to resolve by myself.
VISUAL: Laura Arias walks towards the camera smiling and then stops and continues to smile at the camera.
Laura Arias: Life has changed here in Melbourne and we have grown with that change.
VISUAL: Same image as before but screen fades to black.
VISUAL: RMIT University Logo and website www.rmit.edu.au. Filming & Editing: Filip Laureys, AC’s: Eddie Ng, Kah Chan Choo. Production Assistants: Jung Bin Park, Heather Mofflin, Assistant Editor: Chenchen Ni. Music Licencing: the Music Bed.
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