John Mandelberg

John Mandelberg

Senior Academic Staff Member
Moving Image Programme Co-ordinator & Tutor

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I enjoy seeing how student’s passion for their work develops, their ideas creation and the diverse nature of what they produce.

The one-on-one relationships I have with undergraduate and post graduate students.

Working in collaboration with creative practitioners, utilising our individual craft and aesthetic skills to produce work. 

What do you love about your area?

Moving Image can enhance each new project’s meaning through a range of creative filmmaking strategies e.g.editing, cinematography, writing, sound design, producing and directing. Like all areas of creative work, these tools and the skills used to produce this work is what excites me about filmmaking.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I grew up in a world of politics and change, with a Design & Arts education. My first job after arts school was an assistant film editor on a documentary series for Australia’s National broadcaster. After 5 years I gained a strong grounding in craft skills, and became a freelancer.

I have worked variously as Director, producer, editor, write and sound design for  feature film & TV drama and documentary, also commercial production.

I also taught Editing at the Australian Film, Television &  Radio School for 5 years and started teaching filmmaking at Media Arts in 2003.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

My documentary making keeps me busy with self-directed  and commissioned projects. Also some of my favourite collaborations don't always include my filmmaking although many are music and art-based projects with students/graduates and a range of local/international creative practitioners. I am inspired by many of the people I work with.