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Students work with international film crew

By Louise Errington

From left: Lauren Hill and Aimee Mullins on location during the filming of “Karrabing! Low Tide Turning” From left: Lauren Hill and Aimee Mullins on location during the filming of “Karrabing! Low Tide Turning”

Joining an international crew on the set of a local film has given a group of Charles Darwin University students the rare opportunity to work and be credited on a real production.

The students worked as sound recordists alongside Australian cinematographers and New York-based Professor of Anthropology Elizabeth Povinelli on the film, “Karrabing! Low Tide Turning”, which explores how a group of Indigenous people balances urban life with traditional culture.

Guided by New Media Design Lecturer Dr Aurora Scheelings, the students also filmed and produced a behind-the-scenes film for Karrabing!, portraying the experience and creative processes behind production.

Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries/Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) student Lauren Hill said working alongside a professional film crew was a “very real” way to learn about filming and sound recording.

“The film was shot in Palmerston, Mandorah and Berry Springs,” Lauren said. “Being out on location gave me a feel for what a real set is like and the challenges that come with that.

“I made the most of the experience and asked lots of questions, particularly about location sound recording. We also learned how to operate camera equipment, and picked up new skills and techniques.

“I also really enjoyed the cultural aspect of the project, because we were able to spend time with the families out in the bush and learn about their life and history.”

Lauren was joined by fellow students Aimee Mullins, Steven Miles, James Hay and Brian Ta on the project.

Dr Scheelings, herself a documentary film-maker with international screen credits, said being able to create industry links and collaborations for CDU students was a unique opportunity.

Karrabing! Low Tide Turning will screen at international film festivals in Berlin, New York and Chile.