Asian Correspondent » SAE Institute Asian Correspondent Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:16:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inspired SAE students’ documentary nominated for notable ATOM award Wed, 09 Jan 2013 03:13:47 +0000

A group of film college students from SAE Institute Melbourne have created an inspiring documentary that has been nominated for a prestigious Australian Teacher of Media (ATOM) Award. The film is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the annual awards.

The film entitled ‘Who is Matthew Simpson?’ – an inspirational documentary about a young man living with cerebral palsy – is a top four finalist in the Best Tertiary Documentary category of the prestigious awards.

The 7-minute documentary was originally created as part of a class assignment where SAE students Sean Dobra and Dan Abbot were inspired by Sean’s friend of six years, Matthew Simpson.

SAE Melbourne student Sean Dobra said he had always wanted to make a film about Matthew and felt the assignment was the perfect opportunity to do so.

“I know people who are depressed about such small things in their life and then there’s Matt who is never upset about anything. He is always happy and an inspiration,” he said.

After seeing the films potential, the students’ documentaries teacher at SAE Melbourne entered it into ATOM Awards.

SAE Melbourne General Manager Paul Ledingham said Sean and Dan have created a moving film that shows the high caliber of work that SAE students produce.

“We are very proud of the work the Sean, Dan and their classmates have put into this film. This award nomination shows that our staff and syllabus set high standards for our students,” Mr Ledingham said.


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Student spotlight: Jeremy Smith Tue, 18 Dec 2012 01:58:05 +0000

Meet Jeremy Smith, DJ/producer from Perth Australia, who is proving himself a solid player in the Perth party scene and nipping at the heels of the success of his influencers. Last year Jeremy was awarded the SAE Institute Australia Academic Ambassador Scholarship in the Bachelor of Audio Production, having demonstrated a commendable thirst for excellence in his studies and helping others.

“My peers are so very talented and we all look up to each other in one way or another. To be chosen out of that group of people by SAE Institute Australia staff whom we admire is a huge honor.”

At the same time, his passion for interacting with people helped land him a regular spot as DJ and promoter for a local events company. He has since been quickly gaining traction on the Perth festival circuit performing under the alias Paper Plane securing a handful of residencies at various Perth nightclubs, which have seen him supporting many of the hottest acts of the moment such as Flume, What So Not, Beni, Moullinex, the Aston Shuffle, Yuksek, Nina Las Vegas, Snakadaktal, San Cisco, and Tim and Jean.

The year ahead won’t give any chance for slowing down either, with sets at several music festivals, a tour with Tim and Jean, co-running a new events company, contributing to a blog/iPad magazine reviewing music, uncovering new talent and interviewing his favorite artists such as Flume, and a solo debut EP release in the early summer months; all this at the ripe age of 21, one wonders how he has achieved so much from the depths of Perth’s secluded southern suburbs.

Jeremy was raised on a diet of bodyboarding movies and alternative music, as did most kids growing up in the area. With the Indian Ocean as their backyard aquatic playground, life growing up was rich in beach culture; a daily surf, sail or bike ride not uncommon practice. With the advent of broadband technology, Jeremy took to another kind of surfing. For an adolescent connected to the rest of the world only by the railway line that opened in 2007, the Internet provided a limitless gateway for Jeremy to explore music beyond what was on the radio. At a young age he discovered trance and instantly gravitated towards it despite being virtually the only kid at his school listening to electronic music. At 16, he was already being heavily influenced by French electro acts Daft Punk, Justice and SebastiAn, who he credits as the catalyst for his own production style.

It was inevitable that Jeremy should try to follow in their footsteps. Growing up, music was the constant, having started and stopped playing various instruments since primary school. Over the years he picked up trumpet, organ, keyboard and drums, but it wasn’t until he saw Justice’s documentary ‘A Cross The Universe’ that he realized what it was that he was meant to be doing.

“I love technology and music and putting these two forms of expression together is still very exciting for me. I was lucky enough this year to meet Xavier and Gaspard from Justice when I played at Parklife and told them that basically everything I have achieved is because of their inspiration.”

Jeremy attributes his achievements to the confidence he has gained through his formal education at SAE Institute Australia. It has empowered him to put himself out there and take risks in finding work, and helped build his networking skills allowing him to meet the right people at the most opportune times. He also suggests that his passion for creativity is born out of his upbringing in a distanced and somewhat stifled environment.


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SAE Institute Byron Bay announces a new digital media course – Diploma of Screen & Media (specializing in Animation) to commence in February 2013. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:34:16 +0000

The Diploma of Screen and Media (with a specialization in Animation) is a practical foundation course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of contemporary 3D animation principles and practice, including scriptwriting, storyboarding, modeling and animating 3D characters and environments.

Workplace skills for the digital media organizational landscape are facilitated through simulated real-world end-to end project management and a comprehensive showreel will be developed throughout the program.

Students that undertake the Diploma of Screen and Media will benefit from the course content developed by QANTM College Australia –reputed as an educational benchmark for industry relevant practice, expertise and association with Australia’s leading games and animation companies.

Graduates who successfully complete the program will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to apply for entry level positions as 3D animator, character designer, Concept Artist, 3D Modeller, Visual Effects Editor or Animation Project Manager in screen, multimedia, creative and interactive entertainment related industries.

David Page, Campus Manager says that ‘this course offering is reflective of the strategic vision we have for our community – delivering access to world class creative media education pathways to the people of the Northern Rivers right here in their own backyard.’

‘It’s no coincidence we have chosen this course to open up pathways to interactive entertainment. Fuelled by the convergence of new media and technology platforms driving insatiable content consumption, the global interactive entertainment is expected to grow to $90 billion in revenues by 2015, with the Australian market expected to contribute $2.5 billion.‘

The future of interactive entertainment looks bright. Earlier this month Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a $20m funding injection into the Gaming industry in support of developing our authentic, export quality, content.

A reflection of conversation with gaming and screen industries which are informing Government reviews and driving the agenda for evolving sustainable economic and cultural outcomes for creative industries.

We’re accepting enrollments now for our first intake in February 2013. For more information visit

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Student spotlight: Interview with DnB DJ/Producer Michael Unwin AKA Niwun Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:00:25 +0000

Niwun is a drum’n’bass producer/DJ from Perth. The man behind the name is Michael Unwin, a graduate of both the Certificate III in Music and the Diploma Of Sound Production at SAE. We caught up with him to find out what he’s been up to.

Can you tell us a bit about what you studied at SAE?
I took the Electronic Music Production (EMP) course, and it really sparked my interest in and a passion for everything associated with producing electronic music. My favorite part of this course was presenting my final assignment. We chose a genre and covered its history, evolution, and production methods. We selected an example and interviewed the producer(s) who made it, discussed their production methods and their outlook on the music industry. Around six months after completing the EMP course I decided to leave full-time work and pursue a postgraduate Diploma in Sound Production. My favorite part of the Diploma was the practical assignments. Up until that point I had only really used software but each assignment for the Diploma was on a different piece of hardware, and it also usually involved doing some sort of acoustic or vocal recording.

What have you been up to since leaving SAE/Qantm?
I’m currently working as a Digital Arts Officer at the City of Swan where I plan artistic exhibitions and events with a digital theme. I also work on a casual basis at the ABC, as a technician on local radio where I assist with broadcasting sporting events, namely AFL, WAFL and cricket. Aside from this I have just signed two tracks to UK-based independent record label Ruin Me Records.

How would you say that your time at SAE/Qantm helped to prepare you for this?
As a technician I use my knowledge of how to operate hardware and the principles involved in processing audio that I learnt at SAE Institute to it’s fullest. This same knowledge has also helped me get closer to a higher standard of production, which I constantly strive for.

Tell us about one of your favorite career highlights?
Signing my first track was definitely a milestone, while hearing my music played in Shape Nightclub, and at the Velvet Lounge was absolutely awesome. Spending an AFL match at the stadium in a corporate box while broadcasting was also great.

What are your plans for the future?
Work hard; I’d like to be able to complete a four or five track EP or at least release a couple more singles by the end of 2012 or the start of 2013. I’d also like to be able to play some shows eventually. I’d like to keep working in a Digital Arts role; it’s something that I really enjoy.

What advice would you give to SAE/Qantm students starting out in the Industry?
Get yourself out there and be proactive, meet people, call people and make connections. Have an Internet presence and maximize your potential for making useful connections online.

How can we find you?
Clips of my two forthcoming releases are available on Ruin Me Record’s Soundcloud page, and you can find more information about me on their website. You can always check out my Soundcloud, I’m regularly putting up material.


Michael Unwin graduating from SAE

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SAE Institute Sydney collaborates with Energy Groove Radio Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:41:25 +0000

Broadcasting live from SAE Institute Sydney, students are involved in programs featuring new music, celebrity interviews, industry insights and entertainment reviews. Energy Groove has eight trained SAE students on-air and four in-training, preparing to commence broadcasting in November. SAE Sydney will also be unveiling four new audio studios in the next few months fitted with dedicated mix rooms, dual control rooms, mixing decks and mastering outboard equipment.

Bachelor of Audio Production students Jennifer McKenzie and Liam Christenson host the SAE Top Twenty Countdown and Jared Begsma runs the In A Funk segment on Friday nights. Bachelor of Audio Engineering students Tegan Nicholls and Ryan Steenson also have regular shows. Tegan runs Upcycle which combines music and celebrity interviews and Be Heard is Ryan’s Saturday night music show. Certificate III in Music student Brent Cox is a DJ and Presenter on Electric, an electronic music program. Electronic Music Production student Victor Landeo hosts Latino Mix on Saturday nights. Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Major in Games Design) student Richard Doyle runs Rewind Mix on Tuesday nights.

Campus Manager Jens Schroeder said the collaboration with the radio station was very exciting and beneficial to SAE. “It’s a fantastic opportunity, not only in terms of being able to broadcast students’ work, but also being able to expose them to the workings of an international radio station,” Mr Schroeder said.

Energy Groove broadcasts across Australia and internationally to countries such as France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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