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‘Lights, camera, action’ for new media lecturer

By Patrick Nelson

Mark McCormack … “I like to see students succeed” Mark McCormack … “I like to see students succeed”

Charles Darwin University’s newest vocational education and training lecturer met a classroom of budding student film-makers for the first time recently.

Mark McCormack joined CDU as media trainer following the departure last month of Ben Ward, who has relocated to the Top End after seven years at Alice Springs campus.

Mr McCormack’s first class comprised Certificate II in Media students from Alice Springs’ urban high schools, who were on campus for their third of four, one-week training blocks under the VET in Schools program.

“I began by getting to know each student and by seeing where they were up to with their projects,” Mr McCormack said.

“They’re making vox-pop videos in an assessment that requires them to start and finish a small project.

“They are learning basic skills in audio, video and editing, and developing their capacity to think creatively at the same time.

“I want them to do whatever they do as well as they can.”

Mr McCormack comes to CDU after three years as a remote trainer with the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association’s Music Industry Rangers program.

“It was an exciting time where I discovered I like doing training more than anything. I like to see students succeed.”

Mr McCormack had been self-employed in Melbourne for 17 years before that, running a recording studio and working alongside a number of artists in the Australian and overseas music industry.

“I also ran an audio-visual business that specialised in school concerts, but which also catered to the government and corporate sectors.

“We only ever took on jobs we wanted to do, opting not to take on jobs just for the money,” he said.

“We found that by going the extra mile and by working hard to get on with people were successful strategies in staying employed. Work just fell upon us.”