Fiona Jackson

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

Though I mainly work in film, I enjoy working with students from all the disciplines in media arts and brainstorming ways to make their work as good as it can be. I often learn as much from their projects as they do. 

Another of my favourite things is making connections between students who are then able to create a project that is greater than the sum of their separate abilities. This is a great way to build their portfolio and widen their network of practitioners.

What do you love about your area?

I love when the process of filming stops being a mysterious unknown for students and becomes a tool for self-expression. That’s when they start to approach their projects with passion and create work they are proud of. 

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I started in the film industry doing stunts in California, then worked as a director’s assistant for Tom Moore in Los Angeles for a few years. I returned to New Zealand to study and completed my PhD in 2018, part of which involved co-writing and producing the feature film, Penny Black.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

Lately, I’ve been designing and creating sets for Riverlea theatre. I also like to collaborate on art projects with students at local primary schools. I fill the rest of my time making short videos, and other creative projects like painting shoes or making scarecrows and Christmas trees for local community exhibitions.