Benjamin Brooking

Benjamin Brooking

Freelance Director
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Television and Screen Production

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tāmanuhiri

Creating something that can change someone’s perspective is an amazing part of being a filmmaker, says Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate Benjamin Brooking.

“I believe in the positive effect good, thoughtful media can have on our lives. For example, at the moment I’m working on projects related to youth mental health and LGBTI awareness for creative agency Curative. I’m also starting some projects related to climate change education.

“I love seeing an idea turn into something tangible and sharable,” Benjamin says.

Life as a freelance director
As a freelance director, you’re involved in all aspects of filmmaking, says Benjamin who previously spent two years researching on educational youth TV show Just the Job.

“I love the variety of my work – I’m involved in short films, music videos, educational content and promotional clips. It can be really demanding, but you get to interact with people in a unique way and have the privilege of hearing and telling their stories. Being on set is a blast, but you also need to be good at thinking and planning your films.”

He says he is constantly using what he learned at AUT.

“The core principles of screen production I learned at AUT apply to every project I work on. Technology may change and you may need to adapt to new techniques, but my AUT degree gave me a firm grounding in the reality of screen production in New Zealand.”

Finding a direction
Life has changed immeasurably since he first came to university, Benjamin says.

“When I finished high school I only had a vague idea of what I wanted as a career. That’s why AUT’s communications degree was ideal – it gave me a broad education on media in New Zealand, with the ability to specialise in my final year of study. Throughout my studies, it became very clear what industry I wanted to work in, and AUT gave me all the tools I need to make it as a filmmaker.”

The high calibre of the staff was one of the highlights of his time at AUT.

“My documentary and photojournalism lecturers in particular challenged my conceptions around producing media, and pushed me to do better than I thought I could. I’m still friends with them now.”

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.38pm

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