Student & Staff Movies - St Elmo (2016)
Student & Staff Movies - St Elmo (2016)
St Elmo (2016)

Swinburne University of Technology presents

Videos of Student Work

Short film

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The Flow Effect, 2019

Diving down into the vast beauty of the ocean, young free diver Olivia Rose reveals the magic and tranquillity of the underwater world, and her amazing capacity to reach seemingly unreachable depths – an ability that lies within all of us.

Duration: 11 mins

Students: Lachlan Henry (Writer/Director/Editor), Lauren Creasey (Producer), James McLennan (Producer), Joshua Nicol (Director of Photography), Glencora Brenan (Sound Recordist/Sound Design)

Awards: Best Student Film, Environmental Film Festival at Yale (USA), Platinum Remi, Graduate Level Student Productions, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival (USA), Best Documentary Film - Student, Mosaic World Film Festival (USA), Honorable Mention, Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival (USA), Award of Merit, Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Student), Accolade Global Film Competition (USA), Semi Finalist, Documentary, Student Academy Awards (USA)

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A Life Together, 2016

A short documentary about the enduring love Davo and Daughter have for each other.

Duration: 13 mins

Students: Simon Direen (Director/Co-Producer), Adam Jolev (Co-Director of Photography)

Awards: Best Direction in a Student Film, Australian Directors’ Guild Awards (Australia), Best Documentary, St Kilda Film Festival (Australia), Best Achievement in Editing, St Kilda Film Festival (Australia), Grand Remi, Best Student Film, Graduate Level Student Productions, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival (USA), Best Documentary, Noosa International Film Festival (Australia), Silver Award – Documentary Film Competition, California Film Awards (USA), Platinum Award, Documentary Short Competition, Oregon International Film Awards (USA), Award of Merit, Documentary Short, Liberation/Social Justice (Student), Accolade Global Film Competition (USA)

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Paper Crane, 2018

An Australian/Korean short film follows Sora on her seventh birthday as she manages the pressures of the rigid demands for success set out by her family.

Duration: 12 mins

Students: Takumi Kawakami (Writer/Director/Producer), Haridharan Gannason (Director of Photography), Joshua Lee (Editor), Robert Rogers (Sound Recordist), Stephanie Ulan Manaloto (Sound Design), Brigid Carmody (Production Designer)

Awards: Award of Excellence: Film Short (Student), Accolade Global Film Competition (USA) / Best Student Film, Buenos Aires Film Festival (Argentina) / Platinum Award, Student Film Competition, Oregon Film Awards (USA) / In Competition, Berlin International Film Festival / In Competition, Melbourne International Film Festival

Paper Crane (2018)

St Elmo, 2016

In the Winter following a devastating bushfire, a father and son attempt to navigate their loss.

Duration: 17 mins

Students: Emily Dynes (Writer/Director), Brooke Guy (Producer), Wilson Huang (Director of Photography), Cylindra Sapphire (Editor), Trent Cliffe (Sound)

Awards: Next Big Thing, Freshflix (Australia) / Silver Award – Student Film Competition, Oregon International Film Awards (USA) / Best Emerging Filmmaker, Emerge Film Festival (USA) / Bronze Remi – Graduate Level Student Productions, WorldFest Houston (USA) / 2018 Gold Kahuna Award, Student Film Competition, Honolulu Film Awards (USA) / Diamond Award, Foreign Film Competition, California Film Awards (USA) / Award of Excellence: Film Short (Student), Accolade Global Film Competition (USA)

Student & Staff Movies - St Elmo (2016)

The Great Forest, 2016

An experimental natural history documentary that focuses on the rare animals of the Central Highlands forest region of Victoria, Australia. By showing the beauty of the forest, through the eyes of the forest herself, audiences will come to marvel at the complex symbiotic nature of this ecosystem, from the forest floor to the canopy above.

Duration: 12 minutes.

Students: Marli Lopez-Hope (Writer/Director/Producer/Director of Photography), Stephanie Westwood (Producer) Georgia Morison (Producer), Sean Birchall (Editor), Casper Conrick (Sound)

Awards: Best Environmental Film, California Film Awards (USA) / Best Environmental Film, Colorado International Film Festival (USA) / Gold Remi – Graduate Level Student Productions, WorldFest Houston (USA)

The Great Forest (2016)

The Summer of ABC Burns, 2015

In the Summer of ABC Burns, Gem learns there is a lot she doesn't know about her 'best friend' Drew.

Duration: 13 mins

Students: Dannika Horvat (Writer/Director), Stephanie Westwood (Producer), Emily Robb (Editor), Harry Hayes (Director of Photography), Troy Mauri (Sound)

Awards: Gold Remi Award, Graduate Level Student Productions, WorldFest Houston (USA), Best Screenplay, World of Women Film Festival (Australia), Film Victoria Award for Best Director, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia), Step Right Up Audience Choice Award, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia), My Queer Career – Best Film, Mardi Gras Film Festival (Australia), Diamond Award, Short Film Competition, California Film Awards (USA), Best Tertiary Short Fiction, ATOM Awards (Australia), Award of Merit Special Mention: Film Short (Student), Accolade Global Film Competition (USA), Best Film, Dungog Film Festival (Australia), Audience Choice Award, St. Kilda Film Festival (Australia)

The Summer of ABC Burns (2015)

Ambulance, 2017

A woman recalls the ordinary events of the day forever bookmarked in time by the premature death of her brother.

Duration: 4 mins

Students: Lylah D’Souza (Writer/Director/ Producer/Artist), Letoya Muraru (Co-Producer/Artist/Animator), Tom Allisey (Technical Artist), Celine Low (Artist/Animator), Greg Bates (Artist), Damien Rogers (Artist/Animator), Sarah Brennan (Animator)

Ambulance (2017)

Lotus, 2020

One night at a party gone wrong, a girl’s demon is unleashed.

Duration: 5 mins

Students: Gwyneth Jones (Writer/Director/Producer), Olivia Fouache (Artist), Ryan Hutchinson (Animator), Adam Butler (Sound Designer)

Lotus (2020)

One Thousand Eyes, 2019

Perpetually confronted by the eager eyes of men, womankind stares back.

Duration: 2 mins

Students: Nina Blasche (Writer/Director/Producer), Dylan Sutherland (Artist), Harry Carter (Animator), Maria McGrath (Sound Designer), Jack Rudden (Sound Mastering)

One Thousand Eyes (2019)

Red Earth

A monster born from the climate crisis rains down the fires of hell upon an innocent wallaby.

Duration: 4 mins

Students: Michael Kenny (Writer/Director/Producer), Brittany Holmes (Artist), Tonia Ciccone (Animator), Oisin Halpin (Sound Designer)

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Star Thief, 2020

A thief steals the stars from the sky, and the Moon must journey to get them back.

Duration: 5 mins

Students: Julia Stella (Writer/Director/Animator), Celene Eddie Amin (Producer/Animator/Artist), Marc Agosta (Artist/Animator), Caitlin Miric (Artist/Animator), James Crea (Artist/Animator), Charlotte O’Neil-Donnellon (Artist/Animator), Bran Jardim (Composer/Sound Designer)

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For The Throne, 2020

Amongst an army of alien soldiers, a lone warrior arrives to gift an important package to her alien King.

Duration: 1 min

Students: Adam Wong (Writer/Director/Producer), Isabella Di Donato (Artist), Caleb Surman (Artist), Loise Sota (Animator), Beau Begent (Animator), Braw Hand-Howden (Technical Artist), Caleb Walters (Artist), Kelly Zheng (Artist)

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