FTV Alumni Jazmin Padarath, took her love for movies above and beyond to bring ‘Miss Fisher’ to the silver screen and there's no better time to acknowledge this achievement than International Women's Day!
Cinema of Australia is catching the eye of a growing number of viewers each year with new and unique content. What never fails to grab viewers attention is the remake of classics, enter a Miss Fisher Movie.
Jazmin, an FTV Alumni who saw her future play out in the making of movies, joins us for a chat about working at a production company, bringing Miss Fisher back to life and how JMC taught her the most valuable lesson in the industry.
Before you decided to enroll into JMC, did you know what you wanted to pursue during High School?
I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after high school – I knew it would be something to do with movies but I wasn’t sure what yet so I did decide to take a gap year after I graduated and looked in to different courses while I worked in retail and travelled that year. I found the JMC course and found it the most appealing in comparison to similar courses because of the smaller class sizes - I didn’t want to just feel like another number in my lectures. I also found that the course itself was very hands on and practical, which I find is the best way for me to learn.
What is your role at ‘Every Cloud Productions’?
I am the "Marketing and Communications Coordinator" at Every Cloud Productions. This role means I am responsible for scheduling, curating and optimizing content for multiple social channels including Every Cloud corporate pages and projects. It’s a role I really enjoy because I get to work on something new every day, one day you might be in a colour grading room with the director and colourist interviewing them about the film you’re making, the next day you’re on a red carpet with a camera snapping pictures of the stars. It’s an exciting role and I’m stoked to be part of a company that prides itself on women’s stories and putting women in front of and behind the camera.
How did the opportunity to work with the company come about?
I was looking on Pedestrian Jobs one day and found this job listing and started looking into the company! Applied right away and got a call the next day asking for me to come in for an interview. I guess they liked me because I got the job the day after and the rest is history! I started at Every Cloud February 2019, so it’s been officially 1 year here, and it’s been amazing!
Tell us a bit about Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears?
The storyline goes, ‘After freeing a young Bedouin girl - Shirin Abbas - from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a wartime mystery concerning a priceless jewel, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.’
What was it like to be a part of this project and bringing Miss Fisher back to our screens?
Bringing Miss Fisher to the silver screen has been an absolute joy, the series has fans from all corners of the world who are so unbelievably excited to see her on the big screen and come along for her next adventure. My role when I first started was helping with the crowdfunding campaign that was set up, the film raised about $800,000 from the fans alone through the crowdfunding campaign! So, it’s been very hands on dealing with the fans who have been supporting the project right from the start to its release now – some even flying all the way from the US and Europe just to see the film in Melbourne. It’s a really proud moment, to have worked on it for so long and now to be able to tell your friends and family that they can go and see your name up on the big screen is really big!
What does the future hold for you in this industry?
I think I have some kind of path already carved out in producing as that was my bread and butter from studying to the passion projects that I did after. I’m learning a lot about the business of producing from my current bosses, but I definitely want to try my hand at more creative aspects of production as well. I really enjoy writing and directing so I would love to write and direct my own short sometime this year. I also really like the idea of continuing on this path I am currently on and getting more skills that allow me to eventually become an on-set behind-the-scenes producer.
Are there any other projects you are excited to work on?
Everything that we have coming up at Every Cloud! We have more TV series coming this year to look out for on the small screen. I also have friends from JMC who are in development with a few scripts at the moment so those are some projects on the side that I am excited to help produce and bring to life.
What were some of the biggest lessons you learnt at JMC that prepared you for life after studying?
One big lesson I learnt at JMC was - if you don’t ask you won’t know. What I mean by that is I used to be a very shy reserved person who struggled to ask for help. That had to change once we got thrown in the deep end at JMC and had to work on set with people who are not always great communicators. Working on set early in my studies and often on many projects with many different people, really forced me to develop the tools I needed to be a good communicator and to just always ask if I’m not sure.
To see the trailer for Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, click here
To learn more about studying Film and Television at JMC, click here