MAPs students you need to follow

You may have seen them lurking around campus, cameras-in-hand, recording the world around you. UTS' Media Arts and Production (MAPs) students are a creative force to be reckoned with, and these are the students who will show you why. 

It's a degree that has taken the communications world by storm, seemingly out of nowhere. UTS' Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production) is a course that focuses on the history and future of the media industry and culture, while preparing students for the workforce through developing technical skills - be it in film, video, new media and sound. Are you a budding cinematographer, radio producer, or multimedia designer? Then this course is for you.  

Here are four MAPs students who are making the most of their chosen career path. 

A creative student project for Aesthetics (2017) at University of Technology, Sydney. Poetry written and recited by Layla Mkhayber. Directed, produced and created by Kezia Aria.

Kezia Aria

Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production/Social and Political Science) & Bachelor of International Studies (Latino USA).

Where I’m From is a collaborative project with poetry written and recited by Layla Mkhayber, and stop-motion and imagery by me. I was motivated to collaborate with and highlight marginalised voices, as I'm constantly inspired by creatives of colour. This project took me a whole day to do, [and] my favourite part of the process was experimenting - this was my first time using the equipment and programs at UTS.

Probably the most challenging [part of the project] was translating the words into imagery where there was no literal translation. Also, my drawing skills are pretty basic so I had to work with that.

Enjoy :) Music: Sundown by Evan George Holland

Daniel Snell

Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production/Public Communication).

Missing wasn't a video that I had planned to make at all. I was actually filming for a my first-year group assessment, where my group were attempting to capture the ways in which your emotions can influence your perception of the world around you. We were walking around Vivid 2017 looking for pink lights to portray the emotion of love, and ended up staying back to explore the installations. 

It's a bit of a buzzkill to say this, but my main source of inspiration at the time was unknowingly the declination of a very long term relationship, and I didn't know that this video was mirroring my thoughts until weeks later, looking back at it. My goal in all the videos that I make is to encapsulate an emotion. It sounds very stereotypical, but cinematography and editing allows an artistic release and escape for me emotionally. At the same time, I hope that at least someone who watches can find their own escape or release through watching it.

Video, in my opinion, has the ability to represent emotions in such a powerful way, and when combined in the right way with the right music, this power is often overwhelming (in a good way). Since creating this video, I have set myself a personal challenge to create short videos under one minute that often reflect my own thoughts. Video is an art form in the same way that a painting is, but the form is [rarely] thought of in this way. At the speed and rate at which we consume videos currently, audiences often don't slow down to allow themselves to think about the form of video artistically and intellectually, but would rather be entertained by the latest "trending" cat video instead.

Uploaded by Lada Volovelsky on 2017-06-15. Made collaboratively with Angela Hughes, Emma Walls, Phoebe Scutts & Vail Gu.

Lada Volovelsky

Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production).

Eternal Eye is a music and video piece that comments on the constant observation on all people through developing technology. It took about two weeks to make, and was made for an assessment. [My favourite part was] learning while doing it. I had never filmed anything before or held a camera or edited so it was all very new.

I got a 47/50 for this major work. The maximum time limit was 8 minutes hence the credits are such a rush. It was my first time creating a short film like this, so a huge thank you goes to everyone who supported and guided me throughout the process. Assistance with Cinematography: Ariane Khalil. Hair/Makeup artists: Amicah Antonio and Loren Jurkovic.

Anna Dvorak 

Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production/Journalism).

Merely lights and wires in a box is a short documentary drama on the significance of our decisions and the resilience we need in face of adversity, told through the story of Holocaust survivor Olga Wachtel. 

Olga’s story and the significance of that historical period inspired me to make this video for my HSC Major Work. I believe what took place during WWII has not lost its relevance, and can be considered more relevant than ever before. I was also inspired by my belief that the medium of film must be used to educate and encourage others to take action.

This video took approximately half a year to make, and there were so many [challenges]. One was trying to consolidate such an incredible story like Olga’s into an eight-minute video while making sure to meet the criteria of HSC markers. Another was having a main actor bail on the morning of a shoot. Also having to organise and do nearly everything by myself.