Graduate Success

Richard Turner

How has your course(s) at Yoobee helped you?
The training I gained at Yoobee helped me gain a much larger insight into the world of filmmaking. I believe that the skills I learned and the people I met at Yoobee prepared me for life as an independent filmmaker.


Where are you working now and what is your role?
I’m working at Black Lantern Ltd as a producer and director.  I’ve also started the New Zealand Filmmakers Collective (NZFMC) which has been very exciting.


What does your work involve?
As an independent Producer and Director for a bespoke production house, my role varies from managerial tasks such as accounting, scheduling, securing new clients to directing short films, commercials and other advertising material. On the other side, my work with the NZFMC involves community management, job creation, upskilling/training opportunities, member promotion, fundraising avenues and creating an open forum that connects filmmakers of all skill levels nationwide.


What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
The most exciting aspect of my work with the NZFMC is helping advertise and creating opportunities within the independent film community and seeing active and passionate filmmakers careers progress.


Did your course at Yoobee live up to your expectations?
100%, I loved every moment of both courses.


What were the highlights of your course?
My biggest highlight would have to be learning about Digital Matte Paintings and working with NUKE. I also have to mention that having some incredible tutors made learning so much easier.


How did your Yoobee training help you?
My training at Yoobee broadened my skill set and enabled me to take my filmmaking to an entirely different level in what is an incredibly competitive arena.


How do feel after training at Yoobee?
I feel more prepared for producing and creating higher quality work and being able to share my experiences with other filmmakers. I also feel that I understand more about what is required to make a feature film and how important every department is during that process.


What is one life lesson you learnt during your study and work?
Learn the basics well. It’s is vital that you try not to take on too much when you first start making films.  Filmmaking is hard, but not impossible and like all great things it takes time so don’t be too hard on yourself.


Anything else you’d like to add?
Since leaving ACG Yoobee School of Design in 2017 I’ve been lucky enough to have tutored several short courses at the Wellington Campus, and be the artist in residence for film at Massey University.  I also won a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award and a finalist for The Kiwibank New Zealander of Year - Young New Zealander of the Year for my work with the NZFMC.

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