University Film Schools at the Heart of Creative Collaborations with Industry: A Case Study

Michael Sergi*, Christopher Fitchett, Darren Paul Fisher

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This paper is a detailed case study of how the Bond University Film and Television School collaborated with external production companies to actively participate in, and support, the production of the $1.5 million feature film The Fear of Darkness as a means of providing a unique student learning and industry networking experience. Students were able to take genuine on-set production roles for the duration of the production, rather than conventional short-term internships and work experience, which, upon their graduation, has contributed towards meeting the industry’s current skills gap. Furthermore, this case study also shows how the production provided a significant opportunity for academic staff to have senior production roles to further their professional development. Additionally, this collaboration supports the notion that academic staff with significant prior industry experience can function as a useful conduit between film schools and industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21
Number of pages36
JournalStudies in Australasian Cinema
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2023


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