Bendigo-based TV cameraman, Cameron Dale travels all over northern Victoria filming everything from house fires to local race meetings for the nightly news bulletin.
“I’ve wanted to be a cameraman since I was in high school. It’s very rewarding knowing that people are watching what you’ve done during the day.”
The 21-year-old secured a traineeship at WIN Television in Ballarat last year after graduating from the Melbourne Polytechnic (when it was called NMIT) Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. “The course is very job-orientated compared to others that I looked at. The bosses here like students from Melbourne Polytechnic because they know they’ve got the industry skills.”
After successfully finishing the traineeship in Ballarat, Dale was posted back to his hometown of Bendigo. “I go out on the road and film interesting stuff happening all day. I’m outdoors most of the time and I get to use the latest technology.”
Dale’s job involves travelling around regional Victoria, often to towns like Echuca and Swan Hill, filming stories with a reporter. Back in the studio he will edit and cut the footage into packaged stories for the news.
WIN Television Victoria production manager Andrew Scully says Melbourne Polytechnic graduates are the best fit because they’re able to hit the ground running.
“We find that graduates have been exposed to a broad range of industry skills using the latest broadcast equipment and software. This means we get dynamic camera operators and editors who are job-ready.”
Video production is a growth area in Victorian television production and Melbourne Polytechnic is the major provider for the industry. The Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media course is designed for people currently working or intending to work in video production and broadcasting.
For more information on the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media course and other Melbourne Polytechnic Performing Arts courses please contact program coordinator Darren Steffen on (03) 9269 1745
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media