Adam Chapman in studio
I don't think I would have had as much confidence in myself if I hadn’t had my industry placement experiences.
Adam Chapman
Bachelor of Screen Media

While working in various trades after high school Adam Chapman took up casual acting classes. This soon sparked a new fascination with what was happening behind the camera.

“I did interviews for a couple of other universities, but the vibe at VU was more welcoming.

Their approach was to let you make mistakes so you could learn and improve your skills. And asking questions was really encouraged.

The quality of VU’s facilities for film and television was great and prepared you for the workplace.

I did an internship at Channel 31 that our teacher Marc C-Scott encouraged us to apply for. It was great to learn the ins and outs of how a station works without that added pressure of ‘you put one foot wrong and you're gone'. I don't think I would have had as much confidence in myself, if I hadn’t had my industry placement experiences.

To be exposed to all the techniques and skills straight away at uni was awesome. It’s thanks to all the teachers for passing down their knowledge.

I’m now a production assistant at Croc Media, working cameras, broadcast technology and audio production. I've now done stuff that's gone to Channel 9 and ESPN. There is that little bit of extra pressure being live TV, but it's just been awesome, and they've been happy for me to learn on the job.

I'd like to move into producing in the next two years. I love being hands-on and overseeing projects.”

Recently, Adam's final year short film project 'Cherry Swamp Road' was selected for the TINFF festival in Toronto and won 'Best Student Film' at DMOFF international online festival, among other nominations. Watch the film.

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