Winner of the Victoria HDR Timelapse Bronze award in Student Cinematography category and Melbourne HDR Timelapse Gold Award, Filip Laureys says the two winning films are a visual homage to the wonderful city of Melbourne and Deakin University.
Few students imagine becoming award-winning film-makers before they finish university but then few students are Filip Laureys. Winner of the Victoria HDR Timelapse Bronze award in Student Cinematography category and the Melbourne HDR Timelapse Gold Award, Filip says he didn’t expect to win the two awards but was optimistic.
‘Knowing that Victoria has many strong film schools I was quite hesitant when I put it up to challenge the work of other Directors of Photography. But I have to say, just attending the Victoria and Tasmania ACS Awards at the Arts Centre with all the talented people who create images was a fantastic feeling. And finally the winning film is a visual homage to the wonderful city of Melbourne and to Deakin University.’
Originally from the Czech Republic, the 25-year old recently graduated with a Masters in Media and Communications (Film and Professional Writing) and initially came to Melbourne as an exchange student. Filip says his interest in film-making emerged through his interest in still photography, which he started doing at 15. Since that time he has gone on to work for magazines, political parties, newspaper, design companies and artists and made over 30 short films and documentaries, for a range of audiences.
He credits a lot of his understanding to the Deakin Film course which he attended as an exchange student for a year. ‘I still didn’t take film making seriously as a career until I came to do my exchange at Deakin. I have to say the course has really helped me to understand the core aspects of constructing films.’
Filip’s education and success in film making has helped him define his next endeavour. ‘Challenging myself and learning more (always and forever) would be a short way to put it. I always feel I should know more because there is so many things to focus on – the story, the visuals, the sound, the direction… But overall, I would love to keep making films and resources that make people challenge their values or give them the strength to follow their dreams.’