Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another Rumble Pictures Success

Maria T Actress
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel
Rumble Pictures has had a big impact on the local community in its short life. Rumble is not only Tim Ly, a founder and talented movie director, actor, writer and producer. Nor is Rumble only Maximum Choppage, an award winning locally produced martial arts film. Rumble is involved in Clean Up Australia campaigns, in video clip production as with Closet Romantics and in development of local talent.

The great work of Rumble is supported by local council, local sponsorship and, gratis, through local youth.

Another of the Rumble fold, Maria Tran, the Rumble Pictures press officer, has been recognized for her work.

Brisbane born Maria, who has lived in Fairfield for the last several years, finishing High School at Canley Vale and completing a university degree has been devoting her extra curricular time to a myriad of projects, some of which are involved with film making.

Every year, Metroscreen, sponsored by State and Federal governments as well as private industry like Sony and Apple, offer mentoring support for four individuals who produce scripts dealing with serious community issues. Maria’s script, autobiographical without being autobiography, faced down issues to do with intergenerational and intercultural conflict, which is to say that it is on for old and young, near and far.

Supported by the NSW Film and Television Office Maria is offered equipment, facilities hire, stock, post production facilities, and a $2,000 budget. In addition, she will be mentored by an industry professional.

Community service does not happen by accident. No one enters it expecting to financially profit. Maria, in completing her degree, is faced with a choice, which in a way is also a challenge to community leaders. A talent like Maria might well be snapped up by private industry in the form of Sony, IBM, Telstra or any of many needing an enthusiastic professional trained in the area of Psychology. The local community might desire Maria continue her community work, after her latest project is realized. Maria would not be asking the community for money, but being faced with a $40k bill to pay for a Ph. D. course and continue local community work is too big an ask of one person.

Can Fairfield tend to its own garden? Or, through neglect, will it mow down the flower of this generation?
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