Griffith Film School graduate Samuel Keene is living the dream.
Just 12 months after graduating from a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production, he has been awarded a Talent Development Grant from Screen Queensland to produce a script for a TV series.
“The grant from Screen Queensland has allowed me to polish up a script for a TV series that I started during my final year at GFS – I’m hoping to sell it to ABC iView or SBS On Demand,” Sam said.
The young film graduate isn’t content to stop there. The director, writer and script editor is also working on a children’s animation and a documentary.
“I like to keep busy, and generate my own work,” he said.
“I have a pretty diverse range of projects on the go, but at the end of the day, it all comes back to telling stories.”
Samuel graduated from the Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production in 2016, and credits the course with setting him up for a successful career in the industry.
“It’s the best course I’ve ever done,” he said.
“I got the chance to study scriptwriting with legends like Priscilla Cameron and Shayne Armstrong and try my hand at directing and production.
“It’s crazy how much the course at GFS has helped me – it’s got me further than I ever dreamed.
“Every job I’ve got was through the Griffith network of creatives.”
After graduating, Sam worked on an animation script with Griffith Film School tutor Anthony Mullins. After pitching the project to local production company Like a Photon, Sam scored a coveted internship with the company.
“It was an amazing experience, and although I worked for free for months, it eventually paid off.
“By putting the hours in, I learned a lot, and made some great connections in the industry.”