Charles Sturt University (CSU) television production students will benefit from scholarships donated by a leading international TV equipment engineering company.
Lecturer in television production in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga Mr Bruce Gater said Vinten, a world leader in both manual and robotic camera support systems, has provided scholarships to support selected students studying the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Television).
"We are proud and delighted that Vinten continues its strong association with Charles Sturt University to support our students," Mr Gater said. "For the past 15 years, Vinten has donated to the CSU Foundation to support and encourage the next generation of creative filmmakers and television production personnel."
In 2016 students Ms Madeline Catanzaro and Mr Cameron Davies (pictured) received the scholarships worth $3 000 each after demonstrating their passion and hard work in the television production course.
"I know these students personally and both are passionate about their craft," Mr Gater said. "But what moved me was their integrity, and the knowledge that they will benefit from the support. They join a number of previous Vinten scholarship winners who have been able to go on to big and bright careers in the industry thanks to Vinten's help.
"In 2012, we were pleased that 100 per cent of our television production graduates found full-time employment, and since then we have maintained similarly high rates of graduate employment."
Television production students at CSU benefit from access to a professional-standard television studio which allows them to develop and refine their practical skills. This studio makes use of a number of Vinten's products, including eight pedestals, seven Vision pan and tilt heads, and two heavy-duty dollies and spreaders. The scholarship assessment process tests students' knowledge of and competency with the studio equipment, including one of the camera pedestals.
Mr Gater said, "Every year, Charles Sturt University is visited by 35 Australian television industry managers and they can't believe how lucky we are to have the studio and the Vinten camera pedestals.
"Buying the Vinten equipment was a big investment for the University but the access to world leading technology makes it a unique learning environment for our students. I am deeply grateful to Vinten for the generous financial support they show for our students in donating scholarships."
Ms Catanzaro said about receiving the scholarship to help her with her studies, "It was as if a great pressure had been lifted and I saw a whole realm of new possibilities, so I thank everyone at Vinten.
"My passion for film and television has grown over the years of study and now, with additional support, I will thrive in my course and future career. I can broaden my perspectives and spend less time worrying about money, focus more on my studies, and invest in equipment that I've never really had access to before."
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The Vinten Scholarship is awarded annually during the CSU Foundation Scholarship Season. The official 2016 ceremony at CSU in Wagga Wagga was on Thursday 19 May.
Vinten® (a Vitec Group brand) is a leading provider of manual and robotic camera support systems offering engineering excellence and globally-supported solutions for a wide range of technologies and markets. Founded over 100 years ago by William Vinten, the Vinten brand is still based on its founder's guiding principles of highly innovative design and extreme precision in manufacturing. It offers a best-in-class range of products that includes manual supports, robotic heads, pedestals and controllers. Vinten is the premium solution for studio and outside broadcast. With over 80 registered patents, Vinten frees the camera operator's creativity by making camera operation effortless. For more information, please visit www.vinten.com