The TAFE Queensland Coomera campus is buzzing with actors, including Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jillian Nguyen, producers, cameramen, sound technicians, hair and makeup artists, costume stylists, and set designers from Bunya Productions, which is headed by Director Ivan Sen.
Kiana Johnson, who is just seven weeks into her Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA51015), has already had once in a lifetime opportunities to work with the film crew.
“Clapping the movie slate for a scene of Loveland was by far the most unreal experience to date,” said Kiana.
“To step foot on a real movie set and to be able to not only see behind the scenes but to be actively involved is a dream come true.”
“I also got to sit alongside Ivan Sen the director and his assistant director which was really exciting just to be in that environment and watch them in their element.”
Coming into the course expecting to learn the theory based side of productions, Kiana never ever imagined she would gain real-world experience on a movie set.
“Being on a real-life set so early on in my course has far exceeded my expectations of what I thought I would be doing during my course here on the Gold Coast,” she said.
“Before this experience I didn’t really comprehend the vast amount of work involved in bringing a movie to life and now I have a new found respect for every single member of a production crew; every element big or small is extremely important and vital to the film’s success.”
“The experience has really inspired me to be proactive about getting into the industry and to create my own work, and to be that person who is sitting in the director’s chair.”
Over the three week filming schedule more than 60 TAFE Queensland students will have had some interaction, connection and experience with the Bunya Productions crew, as well as being extras in several scenes.
A purpose built set to simulate a Chinese influenced mega-city has been created at the Coomera campus with other portions of the movie being filmed in Hong Kong, Brisbane, and parts of the Gold Coast.