Tuesday, 30 January 2018/Published inArchives, Drama

Shooting has wrapped and post-production has commenced on Excelsia College’s School of Drama’s fifth short film, Someone To Turn To. Written and directed by Michael Bates (The Projectionist 2002, awarded the Grand Prix at the 2003 Tampere Film Festival) and shot by cinematographer Tara O’Connell (September 2016), the film explores how past actions shape present circumstances with unforeseen consequences.

For final year Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Performance) students Jackie, Bethany, Anthea and Nicole, it was opportunity to extend their film acting skills and experience as well as form the basis of industry-standard showreels.

Student Sound Recordist for the shoot, Luke Shepherd, who is completing a Theatre Practice Major reports, “It was certainly an experience – I learnt a great deal about the process of filmmaking and the difficulties faced throughout.”

Both key crew roles and support roles were undertaken by Theatre Practice & Production majors. Goals for the project included exposing students to the rigors of film making while mentoring cast and crew through ‘real-world’ experiences.

Theatre Practice Major and student Continuity Rebecca Lang says, “I’m really appreciative for the opportunity to work in the short film. It was good to see how the team works together to get a film done. We had limited resources and people, but it was great to see how a professional quality film can be created with such a small crew.

Encounter will be available to the general public in early 2018.

Behind the scenes


Monday, 29 January 2018/Published inArchives, Drama, Featured
Jay Laga'aia

Excelsia College is delighted to announce the much beloved Jay Laga’aia will be joining the teaching staff in 2018. Jay will be teaching Acting for Screen as part of the unique Bachelor of Dramatic Art beginning February this year.

A highly acclaimed actor and performer, Jay is known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Daybreakers. Locally, Jay is known for his many years presenting on Play School, featuring in Home and Away, Water Rats and recently Jay’s Jungle. His skills, however, are not limited to screen having played Mufasa in the musical The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz in Wicked as well as Shrek in the upcoming Australian production of Shrek The Musical.

Students at Excelsia College will be learning from Jay’s wealth of experience and skills in Acting for Screen as part of the Bachelor of Dramatic Art. He will be joining the celebrated list of lecturers, past and present, at Excelsia under the leadership of Dr. Lotte Latukefu (Head of Performing Arts).
Applications are still open for Semester 1, 2018. For more information click here or call 02 9819 8810.