Gold Coast students break onto big and little screens during GC2018

Several Gold Coast TAFE students were invited to translate their traininginto practical application by participating in both the sports and festival coverage during the the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

With a full and tight schedule to film 19 events at Festival 2018, including Bleach Festival and Swell, across the 12 day period, Glass Media Group co-owner, Chris Boyd, sought the help of nine TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media students to help with pre-production and assist in shooting footage for the legacy of the festival project and for the individual artists.

Glass Media Group was given a two-fold mandate for the filming contract. Firstly, to document and have a professional record of all the events taking place at Festival 2018 which coincided with  GC2018.  Secondly, each artist was given a four minute segment of their performance to use for future promotion of their act.  This free market development for each artist was an initiative by the Regional Arts Development Fund – a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

TAFE Queensland’s Screen and Media students worked alongside professional film crews.  Students with pre-existing knowledge and skills in video production, pre- and post-production, and also with essential technical … skills in camera work, sound, lighting and editing were chosen to film at various locations around the Gold Coast.

“We look for crew members who are enthusiastic and passionate about our industry, and who also have the technical skills, which are a must.  If the passion is there, we can also teach them the finer details associated with the industry, like getting accredited for a major event like Festival 2018 and GC2018, which all helps them be job-ready for future placements,” said Chris Boyd, co-owner of Glass Media Group.

For 24-year-old TAFE Queensland student Julia Marr, being a part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Host Broadcast team was something she never dreamed of when commencing her Diploma of Screen and Media at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Coomera campus just one year ago.

TAFE Queensland gave Julia the opportunity to develop skills that led to a traineeship with NEP Australia, Host Broadcaster of GC2018 and a division of NEP Group – the worldwide outsourced television technical production partner supporting premier live sports and entertainment content producers.

Through TAFE’s relationship with NEP, Julia attended an Introduction to Outside Broadcasting training module. Not only did this enhance her skills, but Julia’s technical aptitude shone through, so NEP selected her to attend a Camera Control Unit (CCU) workshop. The NEP Host Broadcast Training Program (HBTP) then provided further integrated learning opportunities for Julia in CCU, where she assisted with NEP live outside broadcasts in Queensland under the expert supervision of NEP staff and skilled freelancers.

“The opportunity to work with a world-renowned company such as NEP is a dream come true,” Julia said.

NEP has offered many work experience opportunities to TAFE Queensland students and graduates and over the past two years, providing students with unprecedented opportunities to further their skills and train with NEP in the live broadcast arena on NRL AFL, the Australian Swimming Championships, A-League, golf and cricket in preparation for their roles working with the Host Broadcaster during GC2018.

As the Official Training Partner for GC2018, TAFE Queensland trained the 15,000 volunteers to provide them with the skills needed to make a great Games.

Leading up to the Games, volunteers were trained in both online and face-to-face environments across a variety of role specific and venue specific training including spectator services, press operations, anti-doping, protocol and transport.

For more information about student opportunities at NEP visit, and to learn more about TAFE Queensland’s opportunities visit

IMAGE: Chris Boyd from Glass Media Group directed Shanae Lovell (left) and Jack Ure (right) TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Screen and Media students on the film shoot at Kurrawa Park near the Jarjums Learning Space (c) Getty Images for GOLDOC.

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