University of Melbourne : Careers Guide 2012
SOCIETY & CULTURE True Hollywood stories Two recent graduates received the call to head to Hollywood, but the scripts for their stories were very different. » Elizabeth Debicki » Bachelor of Dramatic Art » Actor Barely a year after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Elizabeth Debicki landed a dream role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby. She began work on the film, her second, in early 2011. Her first film role was as Maureen in the Australian-British comedy A Few Best Men (2012). “I sent in a tape from Australia and tried not to think about it after that,” she recalls. “I received a phone call about a month later, telling me that Baz would like me to test for the part of Jordan in LA.” As a child Elizabeth loved theatre, music and dancing, which she began doing from a ver y young age. A s she matured, her interest shifted toward the power of the live performance. “ There is nothing like the electricity that can be generated in the theatre,” she says. She enrolled at the VCA in 2008 and credits its teaching staff with nurturing her career. “I was taught by some incredible teachers and ex perienced so many varied styles of theatre training. I was surrounded by amazing, interesting people and took in so much new information ever y day. It was a ver y solid, diverse training.” She recalls the actor, director and VCA lecturer Tanya Gerstle, telling the students that “ever ything and ever yone has an effect on you when you are in a state of learning and training.” Elizabeth says looking inwards is also important. “ Nobody can be you, think like you, sound or dance like you,” she says. “Sometimes I think as students we can get caught up trying to emulate...but the most powerful thing you have to offer your art form is your individual self.” » Max Yang » Master of Cinema Management » Freelance production coordinator Max Yang turned a passion for cinema into a job. Today, working as a freelancer with a team of close colleagues, he helps foreign film studios that produce Chinese-themed feature films in China. “ The big firms know having a film co- produced in China by a Chinese firm makes it more likely to be approved for distribution in mainland China,” he says. “ We not only help them negotiate these partnerships, assemble local cast and crew, but also help them analyse scripts and give advice on cultural sensitivity.” After completing a Bachelor of Arts at Shanghai University, Max sought out a program that would teach him more than just film production, including how movies are financed and marketed, and even how cinemas operate, he says. He began a Master of Cinema Management at the University of Melbourne in 2005, and halfway through this he went back to Shanghai to work in film, including being production assistant for director Ang Lee for Lust, Caution, and assistant to the producer for The Mummy 3. When he returned to Australia he began an internship at Nova Cinema in Melbourne as part of his studies. This led to ongoing work as the cinema’s “multifunctional coordinator”, which included the roles of publicist, programmer, graphic compositor and more, he says. Staff at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne helped him to secure an internship at Universal Studios in Hollywood. He worked there in the distribution and marketing departments for four months before moving back to Shanghai to establish himself in the local industry. Among other jobs, he has assisted American hip-hop singer RZA, who was directing his debut feature The Man with the Iron Fists (starring Russell Crowe), and coordinated production for the Shanghai shoot of the latest Bond movie, Skyfall. MAKE IT HAPPEN Master of Cinema Management, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Producing, Master of Transnational Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) or Bachelor of Arts FIRST DEGREE GRADUATE STUDY OPTIONS Copyright©2010NBCUniversaland/oritssuppliers.Allrightsreserved.