“I was six years old and sitting in an old cinema theatre with my father. The movie began, and I was suddenly consumed with the cosmos of Star Wars. This was my first memory of being exposed to film, digital technology and stories, and I was a fan,” said Nikita.
To say Nikita has always been interested in storytelling and digital media isn’t an understatement. It has consumed her world since Kindergarten and continued through to her studies at the University of Newcastle.
Starting off with a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Media Production, Nikita used her undergraduate degree to learn how to transform her ideas and narratives into film.
“My journey allowed me to discover how to create stories from simple ideas, how to emulate them into drawings on paper, and then capture them on screen,” said Nikita.
After experimenting with the production of documentaries, music videos and short films, she returned a year after graduating for further study – enrolling in a Master of Digital Media.
“The Master of Digital Media offers more in-depth and specific topics that will help me polish my knowledge and teach me how to market my concepts.”
“It teaches students how to develop ideas and think critically and exposes us to new digital medias. I wanted more knowledge of the digital working environment, and this was the course to deliver it to me.”
“I want to learn new techniques and broaden my skillset and one day I hope to film one of my scripts and bring my thoughts to life,” added Nikita.
As for the highlight of postgraduate study, for Nikita it is being able to see her vision and thoughts come to life and the hope that one day she might be able to inspire other young people to pursue their dreams in film or digital media.
“We all watched our final projects in the last weeks of my practical film classes. Seeing my hard work on the screen, seeing the audience laugh or cry, it was the most moving moment of my life.”
“I hope to one day sit in a theatre next to another six-year-old girl, watch her reactions to my first film and perhaps help inspire her just as I was,” concluded Nikita.
Nikita Haynes is a current student at the University of Newcastle studying a Master of Digital Media.
The Master of Digital Media offers more in-depth and specific topics that will help me polish my knowledge and teach me how to market my concepts.