Since graduating from JMC, Zac has landed some incredible positions within the film industry. Zac began working as an editor at Production Company, Platinum HD and also had the opportunity to work in the camera department on the feature film, San Andreas featuring Dwayne Johnson.
Tell us about your time since graduating from JMC Academy?
Since graduating from JMC I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some great jobs within the local film industry. From the end of 2013 to April 2014 I began working as an editor at Platinum HD; a production company that specialises in real estate videos. However, thanks to a connection I made with Cutting Edge through my graduate film, I had to leave Platinum HD temporarily to work on the feature film San Andreas. Working on San Andreas taught me a lot about the American filmmaking process and gave me some great contacts in the industry that I still keep in touch with to this day. It was my first time meeting famous actors and famous filmmakers and they all treated me with great respect.
After my time on San Andreas I re-joined the team at Platinum HD and have been working for them ever since. During my time there, the company has expanded to create other types of projects including cinema adverts and TV commercials, which I’ve been lucky enough to work on. In my spare time, I practice my screenwriting and occasionally work on smaller freelance editing jobs.
How did you get the role as an editor?
I got the role as an editor at Platinum HD through a lecturer at JMC called Jeff Hughes. He recommended me for the job and they agreed to interview me. I also spoke to my contact at Cutting Edge and refined my CV to make it the best in could be before I joined the work force. I went for the interview and thankfully got the role. As for my job on San Andreas, once again I was recommended for the role, this time by my contact at Cutting Edge. I was brought onto the project and within a week I was working on the feature film.
What is one of your favourite things about working in the industry?
One of my favourite things about working in the industry is having the chance to work on projects that truly interest me and further my knowledge of the filmmaking process. I love making new contacts and it’s great to earn a living doing what you love.
What did you learn that you weren’t aware of before working in the film industry?
When I first started working in the industry, I learned that no matter how good you may have been at university, your age and your experience plays a big part in how much you’re paid and how much you’re trusted to complete a job. I realised that I couldn’t start at the same level as other editors in the industry, because I hadn’t earned my industry experience yet. In the years since JMC, I have risen to senior editor at Platinum HD, but it didn’t happen over night and it took a while for me to earn my place.
What advice would you give to students currently studying FTV and wanting to get an opportunity like this?
My advice to any undergrads currently studying FTV that want an opportunity like this; listen to your lecturers, work on as many projects as possible and make the best graduate film you can. My lecturers told me that my graduate film would be my calling card in the industry, and they were right. My graduate film put me in contact with Cutting Edge, which resulted in a job opportunity on San Andreas. I’ve stayed in contact with several lecturers since JMC and they have always been a great help to me. If you show them that you are passionate and willing to work hard, they might just get you a job on a feature film someday.
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