No bumpy road to success for Notre Dame film student

2 April 2014

With four recent film festivals under his belt, and scores of practical experience, Harrison Evans, second year student at The University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Arts & Sciences Sydney, is well on his way to making a splash in the highly competitive film industry.

Bump is a short comedy film Harrison created as part of his Introduction to Screen Production unit in 2013 and has been screened at numerous film festivals including the Auburn International Film Festival, Wordless International Short Film Festival, Short Soup International Short Film Festival and the Shire International Short Film Festival. The film explores a young man's journey home from work one evening during which his frustrations grown each time someone bumps into him until he finally loses patience.

"You see his anger build and build on his way home until eventually he flips someone off," Harrison said. "The punch line was actually inspired by road-rage and I've applied it to a difference context which is something all pedestrians, but especially those in the city, would be able to relate to."

Making Bump was Harrison's first experience in film making and was a steep learning curve for the budding film-maker.

"The experience was stressful at times. I only had two days to shoot the film and it was challenging to make sure everything was ready and organised for the shoot. There were two weeks of intense preparation before the shoot and editing afterwards seemed to take forever but I'm really happy with the end result," Harrison said.

"Writing and creating the script was really enjoyable but shooting was also great because I was seeing everything I'd written and envisioned come to life."

Mr Tony Radevski Associate Lecturer in Film and Screen Production at Notre Dame was one Harrison's lecturers in 2013 and encouraged him to enter his film into festivals, strongly believing in the value of industry experience.

"It's a wonderful thrill and great experience for our students to see their films take on a life of their own and resonate with audiences beyond friends and family. It becomes more than just an assignment and helps put all the hard work into perspective," Mr Radevski said.

Mr Marco Ianniello, Head of Film and Screen Production at Notre Dame, believes film festivals are part of the journey to further success in the film industry and sees Harrison's recent festivals as a good sign.

"Many film makers have launched their careers off the success of their student films, and for Harrison to have achieved film festival success in his first year is a fantastic achievement and no doubt the start of a promising future in film," Mr Ianniello said.

With training for the professions at the heart of Notre Dame, practical experience is part of every course including the Bachelor of Communications and Media which Harrison is completing.

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