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Lights, Camera, Action
Not everyone wants to be a movie star, nor should they want to. But a life in the movies still beckons many people; people who work behind the scenes to bring the magic of the big screen to life. These are the people who take care of things like lighting, sound, set design, costume design and the assorted elements of production. They can’t rely solely on their good looks and a handful of acting classes to get by; instead work hard and diligently apply the skills learnt through film and television courses from TAFE institutes around Australia.
TAFE Unlocks the Secrets of the Silver Screen
If you’ve ever wondered how 3D effects are created or how CGI really works, or how all the great sounds are produced you should consider enrolling for one of the many film and TV production TAFE courses available. This is also one industry where an interest in makeup doesn’t necessarily mean pretty pink lips and rosy cheeks. You get the chance to make zombies, stick arrows through throats and create aliens that don’t have big bobbly heads.
Let’s take a look at some of the TAFE courses you can take for an interesting, if somewhat unglamorous, career in the movies.
- Aspiring makeup artists should look into TAFE certificates in makeup (obviously), airbrushing (always handy), or beauty services (because it can’t all be gunshot wounds) and graduating to a diploma of specialist makeup services.
- Aspiring sound engineers would do well to sign up for courses within the Music Training Package of TAFE qualifications, such as Certificate IV in Sound Production, leading to a diploma and then an advanced diploma of sound production. (View Music Courses)
- If you like arranging furniture and painting backdrops then start looking into set design, which is part of the Diploma of Theatre Arts. It might start off with theatre work but is easily carried over into film. It includes things like making props and costumes and costume accessories.
- On the other hand, you could focus on clothes with courses like the Diploma of Costume for Performance, which will enable you to make elaborate period costumes and even design corsets and assorted pieces of lingerie.
- Commit yourself to a three-year packaged TAFE program in film and television production that goes from the certificate to advanced diploma level and includes courses in the roles of various film crew members, working in different locations, production planning, camera techniques and editing, cinematography and directing.
- If you’re not too sure what you want to specialise in you can take the series of Diploma of Screen and Media TAFE courses, like the specialisation in CGI and Visual effects, which includes 3D modelling, animation and combining 2D and 3D effects.
- The Diploma of Screen and Media courses also include lighting, camera and production assistant specialisations.
Where is the Heart of the Australian Film Industry?
Some would argue that heart of Australia’s film industry is in Sydney and that this is where the best best film courses are. Sydney certainly has a rich film history; one of the earliest films to be shot in Sydney was Robbery Under Arms, which was filmed in 1907. Sydney also has an array of acting classes and TAFE providers that specialise in film and television production.
On the other hand, Melbourne is also a strong contender for heart of the Australian film industry. Its history, at least as far films shot in Australia go, extends a little further than Sydney’s. The first film shot in Melbourne was Soldiers of the Cross, in 1900. Melbourne also has its fair share of reputable film schools and television courses.
So where does the heart lie?
You could toss a coin. Or, you could nominate an entirely different city like Wagga Wagga or Toowoomba.