Make a big difference to The Big Idea.

Help us tell the most creative stories.

Become a supporter

Unitec's V48 Hours Study Award

Last year’s winner Gemma Duncan.
Participants in this year’s V48 Hours filmmaking competition are being offered an opportunity to

Share

Participants in this year’s V48 Hours filmmaking competition are being offered an opportunity to win a year of study at Unitec with all their fees paid for.

Participants in this year’s V48 Hours filmmaking competition are being offered an opportunity to win a year of study at Unitec with all their fees paid for.

The Unitec V48 Hours Study Award is a full fees scholarship to study a Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice at Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts, specialising in directing, writing or art direction or design for screen.

This is the second year Unitec has offered the award; last year’s winner was Gemma Duncan, a 25 year old student who at the time of entering had just completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wellington.

Gemma was preparing to direct a film for the V48 Hours event and was looking on the event’s website when she saw information on the Unitec V48 Hours Study Award. Clicking on the link she found out what Unitec had to offer budding filmmakers.

“I had been considering post graduate study more specific to filmmaking after completing my fine arts degree but I wasn’t sure what options were open to me,” says Gemma.

 “I didn’t realise that you could study things like directing, art directing and writing for screen at Unitec, so it was great to find out about these options through my participation in the V48 Hours event,” she says.

Gemma filled in the application for the Unitec study grant and a few weeks later received a phone call saying she had won the opportunity to study at Unitec in Auckland in 2010. “I was ecstatic, it was so exciting,” she says.
Gemma began her Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice specializing in directing for screen in February this year and is really enjoying the Unitec course.

 “It’s amazing, I can’t believe I was second guessing the wisdom of doing further study in film versus trying to get a job in the industry,” she says.
“At Unitec the amount that you learn in a short space of time and the experience you gain is incredible,” Gemma says.

 “The course is designed for directing and is very specific and I am just so grateful that I got chosen for the award.”

Gemma says her lecturers at Unitec are industry professionals who are able to offer valuable knowledge and contacts from the local film and television industry.

This year will be the fourth year that Gemma has been involved in the V48 Hours Film Festival and she believes it’s a great way for those who have an interest and passion for filmmaking to find out if it’s what they really want to do.

“The two day weekend is hard work and very challenging and some members of my teams over the years have realised filmmaking is not what they thought it would be,” she says. “So taking part in the event is a great way to work that out if it’s something you enjoy or not.”

Gemma’s goal is to direct and write her own films and she knows that with the knowledge she is gaining in practical experience and application at Unitec is a big step towards achieving her dream.

Unitec’s V48 Hours Study Award 2010

Participants in the V48 Hours competition can also take part in a series of free 1-day film-making workshops being held at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus in central Auckland in July and August this year.

Unitec is offering three workshops in the areas of scriptwriting, cinematography and art direction - this is a chance for V48 Hours entrants to pick up some handy hints, and learn from some of the best in the film business.

For more information on Unitec’s V48 Hours Study Award 2010 go to www.v48hours.co.nz or www.unitec.ac.nz

Written by

Unitec

5 May 2010

Interests Unitec New Zealand Here we educate people for work, in work and through work with a comprehensive portfolio of programmes extending from certificates and diplomas through to degrees and doctorates, across a wide range of professional and vocational areas.