NEWS & MEDIA

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GOLD COAST BULLETIN – 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

"Gold Coast movie stunt veteran Guy Norris’ son Harrison leads VR project success on Suicide Squad"

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                                                                        – BUFTA entrant and category winner, Harrison Norris on set of Suicide Squad.

AN aspiring young Gold Coast film director is riding high, thanks to a big break while working on Hollywood blockbuster Suicide Squad.

Bond University bachelor of film and television graduate Harrison Norris spent most of last year in Toronto working on the set of the film which stars Margot Robbie and Will Smith.

The 20-year-old, then just 19, started as part of the stunt pre-production crew, roped in by his father Guy who was the movie’s action unit director.

The budget was almost a $1 million and has resulted in what Mr Horwitz said was a cutting edge VR experience.But when highly-regarded co-producer Andy Horwitz, whose credits include American Hustle, realised Norris Junior had a passion for virtual reality, he put him in charge of running a side project to help promote the film.

The Suicide Squad VR experience which lets users experience scenes from the perspective of Robbie, Smith or other lead characters, was simultaneously released with the movie last month and has been sold to Samsung which offers it for use via its Samsung VR app.

Mr Horwitz, speaking from Los Angeles, said the movie-making experience of Norris Junior outstripped his age and the Suicide Squad VR project had become “the Harrison show”.

“He’s ahead of where most people are doing with VR right now,” he said.

Norris Junior roped in fellow Bond University graduate and classmate Emily Tate to help research and develop a head-mounted VR camera — called the Mobius — which was worn by Robbie and Smith for the project.

Now Norris Junior has formed a company called PROXi Cinematic VR which specialises in creating VR content and has work contracted so far with big movie studios Warners Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks.

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CANBERRA TIMES – 2 DECEMBER 2014

"BUFTA: Canberra filmmaker wins best direction, best screenwriting awards"

Mike Ridley media image

An aspiring filmmaker from Canberra has taken out two gongs at a film and television awards ceremony recognising young and emerging talent in Australia.

Mike Ridley, 18, won best direction for his films Alternate and A Moment's Grace and best screenwriting for A Moment's Grace at the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) at the weekend.

The Canberra Grammar School student said he was honoured his work was recognised as award-worthy.

I'm pretty stoked," he said on Tuesday.

"I definitely wasn't expecting to win those ones [categories]. It's really satisfying and I'm just really happy and overwhelmed I suppose.

"It was pretty amazing going up and accepting the awards."

Mr Ridley said winning the awards further cemented his aspirations of pursuing a career in filmmaking.

Alternate tells the story of a boy who lives two alternate lives– one is a nerd and the other a social party-goer. One day their worlds collide and they meet.

A Moment's Grace explores the story of a teenager who kills his best friend through drink-driving.

Mr Ridley said his love of filmmaking first began when his father taught him how to make stop-motion animation using clay figures.

He made his first film when he was about 12 years old.

The awards at the weekend were presented by Oscar-winning Australian "clayographer" Adam Elliott, best known for his animation filmHarvie Krumpet.

Thomas Evans from Corinda State High School in Queensland won the overall best film maker award.

Bond University director of film and television Associate Professor Michael Sergi said the 19th annual BUFTA had been one of the biggest and most successful yet.

"More students are becoming aware of it and realising that BUFTA is a great opportunity for them to kickstart their career in film and television," he said in a statement.

ABC774 VICTORIA – 11 JANUARY 2012

The BUFTA 2011 Category Award Winner for Animation, Sam Alderson of Elwood Secondary College in Victoria, was interview by Matt (Parko) Parkinson on ABC774 in Victoria for his success in creating the surreal film "Pluto" .

Inspired by a number of songs "Pluto" is the story of a woman traveling through space when she gets sent a confusing SOS message and follows co-ordinates to a planet to investigate. Upon arrival she is captured by two robots with identical heads to her, she is then taken to an enormous palace filled with hundreds of these robots with their mysteries headless leader. She passes out and awakes to find herself back out in the desert planet and is shortly confronted by an enormous slug-like creature that towers above her. Just in time she is saved by the sender of the SOS message. He helps her find her ship, and shows her the beauty of the universe, nebulae, love. However she is shocked to find out the truth about him.

Sam's career aspirations extend well beyond his category title win and his ultimate ambition is to pursue a career in making films for animation, music and television.

Well done Sam!

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THE ADELAIDE ADVERTISER – 29 NOVEMBER 2011

"Matthew is Our Top Talent"

Matthew Thorne scooped the pool in the Bond University Short Film Competition – Picture Nigel Parsons – Source The Advertiser

 

ADELAIDE Year 12 student Matthew Thorne scooped the pool at the Bond Uni Film andTelevision Awards on Friday.

The Pembroke student, 18, who already has his own production company, took out three prizes including Best Drama, Best Music Video and the major award for BestOverall Filmmaker.

This secures Matthew a full scholarship to study filmand TV at Bond University valued at $91,680. It's understood that he's the first SA contestant to win the overall prize at the prestigious awards, which is the nation's most significant short film competition for secondary students.

Expect to hear a lot more from this young filmmaker.

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ADELAIDE NOW – 25 NOVEMBER 2011

"Local Filmmaker Shoots for The Stars"

Matthew Thorne is a finalist in a Short Film Competition – Picture Nigel Parsons – Source The Advertiser

ADELAIDE Year 12 student Matthew Thorne is a believer in starting out young.

The Pembroke student, 18, already has his own production company, is an accomplished singer, and now has his work on a national stage.

Matthew is a finalist in the Bond University Film and Television Awards – the nation's most significant short film competition for secondary students.

He was named in three categories – best drama, best music video and the Dean's Choice Award.

"The BUFTAs are a fantastic opportunity for kids my age to get their films out there," Matthew said.

The winners will be announced on the Gold Coast today. If selected as the best overall filmmaker, Matthew will receive a scholarship to study film and television at Queensland's Bond University.

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YOUTUBE – 10 OCTOBER 2011

BUFTA entrant and eventual category winner, Jordan Geizer, uploaded his film "Raindrop" to Youtube and received such a massive number of hits that he was featured on Channel 7 News.

Congratulations go to Jordan, who won an encouragement award at the 2011 BUFTAs for his music video "Raindrop" that featured a beautiful piano solo sung by Emily Bristow.

Here is Jordan winning his prize!

Here is Jordan's category award winning clip on Youtube, which gained a mammoth 100,000 hits within days of its release!

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 THE GOLD COAST BULLETIN – 8 OCTOBER 2011

"Buffs Bond at BUFTAs"

Director of Film and Television at Bond University Michael Sergi, past winner Jake Brown and actor and film awards presenter Paul Bishop will be at the film awards ceremony on November 25 at Bond University's Princeton Room.

MOVIE buffs and couch potatoes everywhere will be excited to hear the future of Australian film andtelevision is in safe hands when itcomes to finalists for the Bond University Film and TelevisionAwards (BUFTA) for 2011.

The BUFTAs, which began in1996, is an Australia-wide short filmcompetition sponsored by Bond Uni-versity, Videopro Business Centreand the Gold Coast City Council.

BUFTA is open to students inYears 11 and 12 and boasts a reputation as one of the mostrewarding competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.  Students are required to apply inone of six categories ranging from music video to comedy and are in the running to win one or more of the eight prizes.  The major prizewinner will be awarded a full scholarship to study film and television at Bond University, valued at $90,000.

Matthew Thorne, 18, of PembrokeSchool in Adelaide said his film, Tubby, was based on the story of a classmate affected by cancer.  "Tubby came about after one of my close friends Maddy Smith, who had recently lost her grandfather to cancer, wrote a touching story about his passing for her English class," he said.  "Ultimately, I created the film for her and for families dealing with cancer."  Matthew's film was recently selected for a Cancer Council Australia publicity campaign.

Matthew, who is the only finalist to have two entries chosen, is hoping his other entry Broken Thoughts will also have a chance.  It is a music video of hip-hop art-ist Clarence Culpe, with an onus on showcasing Adelaide's scenery as well as the artist himself.

"My love of making film is bornfrom a deep-seated passion for the arts, which has been cultivated by my family and school life," he said.  Matthew is a creative director who loves the opportunity film-making gives him "to ask for change and to question our accepted reality".

Past winners of BUFTA Jake Brown and Julie Sam-Yue agreed that the story was the most important aspect in making a film.  "Don't be a cliche. Blood, guns,death, destruction, crashing is lame," Jake said.  "Tell a different story. Tell one that has never been told before.  The judges aren't looking for the prettiest frames, they're looking  for the best story."

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