Creative Brain

The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has teamed up with FBi Radio to bring you Creative Brain, an educational podcast for aspiring and emerging screen and radio creatives.

Episode #1 – Grant Maling

Grant Maling is a Bidjigal man who started out at Koori Radio, and now works as an announcer and in station operations, for Grant Broadcasters in Muswellbrook. In this episode, Maria Dimitrakas speaks to Grant about studying the Graduate Diploma of Radio together in 2018 — including how Grant managed his insane schedule, hosting a breakfast radio program every morning before classes. They also discuss the most important skills for a music presenter to develop, and the hustle of getting a job in commercial radio.

Episode #2 – Bradley Slabe

Bradley Slabe is an Annie Award-nominated and Oscar® shortlisted writer and director. His latest short film, Lost & Found, which he wrote and co-directed, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won an Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Award. In this episode, Millie Roberts speaks with Bradley about the screenwriting process, imposter syndrome, the future of film and how his time at AFTRS shaped his passions today.

Episode #3 – Thom Kellar

Thom Kellar is an Emmy Award winning sound designer, re-recording mixer and sound supervisor. In this episode, Millie Roberts speaks with Thom about the role sound plays in storytelling – from massive blockbusters, to video games, documentaries, and podcasts. Plus, Thom breaks down the steps to mixing a soundtrack, building one stem at a time to present the final product taken from 2017 Aussie drama, Sweet Country.


Episode #4 – Julie Sam-Yue

After finishing uni, Julie Sam-Yue started working on sets for TV and commercials. But she found the problems she was dealing with weren’t the ones she wanted to be working on. So, she decided to study animation and VFX at AFTRS. Now she’s making children’s animated TV shows at Cheeky Little. In this episode, Millie speaks with Julie about how she transitioned to working in animation, her experience studying at AFTRS, and how developing technical and creative skills made her a better production manager.


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