Melbourne Polytechnic graduate, Jack Levitt, is busy making his mark in the world of television. After graduating from the screen and media course at Melbourne Polytechnic, he completed an internship at Channel Ten and is now in the running for a broadcast traineeship, no mean feat in such a competitive industry.
As a teenager, Jack Levitt was always messing around with cameras and making short movies with his mates. He thought about a career in filmmaking. But in Year 12 he had a change of heart and opted for a television production course at Melbourne Polytechnic. “It’s spontaneous and a lot of fun,” says Jack, who recently completed an internship at Channel Ten. “I really like being part of a team but still working individually. And everything happens quickly. You can create a television show in the studio in a day.”
The 20-year-old graduated from the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media course at Melbourne Polytechnic when it was known as NMIT in November 2010 and found employment in a coveted broadcast traineeship at Channel Ten. He worked for two years in Staging and later as a Camera Operator for Network Ten.
While studying at Melbourne Polytechnic, Jack worked at Channel 9 as a casual camera assistant and completed contract work for McGuire Media. He says Melbourne Polytechnic’s strong industry connections led to some great opportunities. “There were heaps of chances to meet with industry people. I got to do a couple of editing jobs for government departments. All sorts of things came up.” At the end of the course, four of the best graduates from Melbourne Polytechnic had their showreels sent to Channel Ten for consideration. Jack was up against students from other TAFES and universities, but progressed from a pool of 16 applicants to the final two. “It’s pretty intense but they’ve reassured both of us we’ll get some sort of work when we finish.”
As part of the internship at Channel Ten, Jack spent time working in news and studio production. He says Melbourne Polytechnic helped prepare him for working in such a high pressure environment. “On my first day at Ten they threw me right in and asked me to edit a couple of news stories by 5pm. For the most part I’m dealing with equipment I’ve already used and terminology I’ve heard before. The course was great because they treated us as if we were already professionals. I had a good grounding and I was used to using the equipment.”
The four-week internship included all aspects of production including lighting and image control. He worked on shows like the 7pm project and The Circle, and is eventually hoping to work on live sports telecasts and studio-based productions.
Jack was also the recipient of a $1000 Melbourne Polytechnic study grant award, which allowed him to hire equipment from Video Craft. The awards are presented to students who have achieved academic excellence, or demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to their studies. “What we’ve had has been pretty unique,” Jack says. “The course is cool because you start making contact with people in the industry straight away.”
He currently works as a freelance videographer with a number of production companies and is a regular casual cameraman with Fox Footy during the AFL season.
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media