Coming up with career prospects when you’re on the cusp of leaving school is not always easy. Some of us have the next few decades mapped out, others have less than no idea what to concentrate on and some find it hard to pin down just one option.

For the creative types among us, a desk job is the stuff of nightmares and having avenues to explore artistic passions is essential.

For Daisy Thor-Poet, is was a no brainer to take the next step in her film career by studying the Bachelor of Screen Arts at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). Daisy’s creative spirit has been evident for many years, winning her multiple filmmaking awards, and she is still only 18! 

Hailing from Wanaka, she decided on SIT as it was the most practical course with the best equipment she had come across while researching her options. Meeting one of SIT’s digital media tutors at the Rocket Film Festival in Southland also opened her eyes to the quality of SIT’s Bachelor of Screen Arts programme.

Currently in her second year, she is enjoying how practical the course is and the opportunities that have come her way while studying.

“We help out with filming the Southland Sharks basketball games, I got to work on the Goodbye Pork Pie movie, and have had an internship over summer with a film crew in Glenorchy.” Currently also working as a camera assistant on a new television commercial for SIT, Daisy will be getting plenty of hands on experience over the next few months.

The film crew on set for SIT’s new TV commercial, due to air in October. Daisy is just to the right of the robot.

The ultimate goal once she has finished studying is to become a film director. Or perhaps an Art Director or cinematographer. Whatever happens, she is soaking up as much knowledge as possible so she can hit the ground running.

The tutors she speaks highly of are also proud of her achievements, including recently winning the ‘Tertiary Film’ category of the Canon Eye-con competition. Her prize haul included $1,000 cash, $3,000 to spend on Canon products and an all expenses paid experience day with New Zealand filmmaker and mentor, Duncan Cole. She hasn’t been on her mentor day yet, but is looking forward to meeting someone with so much acclaim and experience.

“I mostly enjoy getting out of the classroom and having the opportunity to put what we have learned into practice. My main focus is always on the visual aspects of the film. I like to do shots really cinematically and so I often include minimal dialogue so the visual aspect can come through.”

Already having travelled to Singapore, Vietnam, Paris and New York as part of winning multiple film competitions, Daisy isn’t letting anything hold her back from what are sure to be lofty dreams.


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