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TV student gets a welcome ‘reality’ check on The Block

25 Jul 2014

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media student, Adam Sienkiewicz, has just completed a unique learning opportunity on one of Australia’s top rating productions – The Block.

With six months to go to complete his Advanced Diploma, the NMIT Collingwood campus student spent two days with the production crew working on the 2014 series of The Block. The principal production site for the Block, known as The Glasshouse, was located in High Street Prahran – directly opposite the Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran campus (which operates as part of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE).

Adam gained valuable insights into the production of a major commercial network reality series observing multiple production teams including up to five camera crews working simultaneously.

“It was great to see all the production roles working together,” recalls Adam. “It was good to chat to the ‘runners’ on the production team as most of them had only recently finished their courses, and were in their first jobs in the industry. It was great to find out about their roles and how they landed their jobs.”

Adam said the Block set was a hive of activity with different crews filming the competitor couples often at the same time.

“I hadn’t seen anything on that scale before. It was like a building site and a TV studio all rolled into one ... you had to be careful not to walk into shot and they had a pretty serious OH&S induction. The best bit was watching while they filmed Scott Cam announcing the votes to the couples.”

Adam was one of about a dozen NMIT Screen and Media students who were given the opportunity to work as interns during the production of The Block with some lucky enough to accompany crews to external locations to film some of The Block ‘Challenges’.

The NMIT Screen and Media program’s links with industry also led to Adam gaining valuable experience working as a camera operator on The Recruit. Produced by McGuire Media in association with The Media Tribe, The Recruit documents the search for a player from suburban and country Australian Rules Football leagues capable of playing AFL football and includes an officially constituted draft opportunity where AFL clubs can recruit the winning player.

For the remainder of 2014 Adam will focus on completing his studies while also gaining industry experience filming local football matches on weekends. Added to this is his involvement in Melbourne 22 – a production project that forms part of his course assessment. “We’ve just started filming and everyone in the course shares the production tasks while every student has the responsibility of producing one show each. The show will commence on Channel 31 during August / September.”

In the long-term Adam is keen to specialise in TV Graphics and is currently developing his skills using VIZRT software.

The 2014 season of The Block Glasshouse premieres this Sunday at 6.30pm on Channel 9 then airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7.30pm.

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Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE trades as NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.

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