28th February 2013
Production company owner: Adam Elliot Pictures Pty Ltd
Alumni Profile / Year: 1990
What year were you at Brighton Bay?
What have you been doing since BB? Degree? Work? Exhibitions?
Clayographies - clay biographies. i.e. Stopmotion animated biographical films, short and feature length. An auteur filmmaker, i.e. writer, director, producer, production designer.
Production company owner : Adam Elliot Pictures Pty Ltd.
Postscript: When asked about winning an Oscar, Adam replied: "Thanks Anna, and yes, feel free to add my little naked gold man to the list, (He came into my life in 2004)"
Looking back, how has your year at BB had impact or effect? Please explain.
My year at Brighton Bay opened my eyes to the many 'other' facets of the art world and associated industries. I was a little blind, naive, mole form the outer suburbs and it was the many fabulously eclectic and talented staff that taught me the basic skills, (and not so basic skills) I needed to enter the 'real' world. They were nurturing, proudly eccentric, passionate and inspiring. I look back and wished that year could have gone on forever.
Why would you recommend Brighton Bay to potential students? And / or parents?
It is a school that is all about quality, (and quantity). Foremost they teach students to follow their passion, to experiment, find their nieche, and above all work extremely hard to achieve their dreams in a very competitive world. Their no-nonsense approach encourages you to be independent, develop a strong work ethic and mental 'readiness'. They develop in you a realistic and yet aspirational approach to being an artist in whatever genre you select.
What's your fondest memory from your time at BB?
One of my fondest memories was having to give my wednesday afternoon presentation. Each student had to take a turn to present a talk on whatever subject they liked. My friend Ashley and I chose to perform a random, (and illogical) piece on 'freeing oneself from the shackles of old age' to the music from the 1812 Overture. I was chained to a wheelchair and as the music climaxed, I broke free and began dancing. In hindsight, it was all quite a cliche and pretentious, but nevertheless, the class received us well and even clapped when it was finally over!