Recording and producing a theme song for an international feature film wasn't something three Gold Coast sound production students imagined they'd be doing when they first applied for their course.

At the tail end of their Diploma of Music Sound Production (CUA50815), Steve Hart, Alex Door and Mion Sato had a work integrated learning opportunity through their teachers’ connections in the film industry.

The students have put their newly acquired skills into practice for the recording of a movie’s theme song, sung by Australian actress and singer, Helen Dallimore. The students were under the guidance of Film Director, Jesse O’Brien for this recording.

The Director has rewritten the theme song as a parody of an iconic 1970s Australian rock band song that will have the audience who loves this genre of movie, laughing in their seats.

The film’s production hub is currently at the Coomera campus with filming taking place on site, at the Queensland mining town, Cracow, as well as a four day shoot in the UK in January 2019.

The movie, a horror comedy, has been written by a British actor, Jordan Waller, who also plays one of the lead roles. Mr Waller’s recent films include Darkest Hour and British TV series, Victoria.

Steve Hart, a mature age student at TAFE Queensland chose to change his career after working as a national sales manager for Bose, as he has a family who are all interested in music and plans to take his sound production skills on the road with his son, Harry, who plays in a local Gold Coast band.

This recording gig came at the right time in his studies. Steve stated that the students had just completed their producer sessions assessment and it was “wonderful to work on a project of this magnitude.”

“TAFE Queensland Coomera campus has world class facilities for recording artists, and for feature films, and it has been an incredible experience to put what we’ve learned in the classroom into play for this project,” he said.

Fellow student Mion Sato mentioned the prospect to gain hands-on studio work with a world renowned artist and director was something he never expected to do while still studying.

“We’ve had to work to tight deadlines to record the song in a one afternoon session. I learned that soft skills like listening and communication are vital in the sound production industry to be successful.”

“While recording and working with the technology in the studio, we had to be able to listen to what the producer was requesting of us and look at the artist as she recorded the song,” said Mion, who realises that there is so much more to learn in the sound production industry and he plans to continue his study options with the Bachelor of Contemporary Music in 2019.

Quietly confident sound production student, Alex Door, has a passion for sound production that he plans will take him to the world stage in live productions and shows. He credits his teachers for increasing his knowledge and for providing the students with various opportunities to learn their craft to fulfil this goal.

“The theory and practical side of the course has matched my expectations.”

“Our industry relevant teachers have shared their practical tips and knowledge that we will use whichever avenue we venture down in this exciting field of sound and music,” said Alex.



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