'AFDA Durban students are already making waves: the music performers, stage actors and film-makers from here have often outperformed those from our bigger campuses. Last year, a third year AFDA Durban graduation film, Homeless, directed by Nathan Rice was selected to represent South Africa at the student Oscars. Not bad for a campus only in its fifth year.' says Quinn.
'Thankfully I have brilliant and talented staff across all disciplines and I will ensure, given my standing in the industry, that more top talents move here. In addition, lots of top production companies are well aware of the unique filming options here. Durban is more than just beautiful East Coast Africa - culturally and visually we reflect global diversity. I was just in Morocco where the film Black Hawk Down was shot because Somalia was a no go zone. When I think of what films or series can be filmed in Durban - well its simple - stories from the North, the South, the East and the West.'
Quinn adds: 'For me it is an honour to nurture young talent and help build commercially competitive, creative entrepreneurs. That is what AFDA is all about - empowering brilliant ideas that intrigue and entertain. The focus is always on the student. As teachers we are not here to inspire our students, we are here to make them inspired by themselves - inspired and empowered to dig deep and create excellence. Our Bachelor of Commerce, our Bachelor of Computer Technology, our Live Performance and Motion Picture degrees teach the same thing - commercial success via creativity and thinking out of the box.'
'The old ways are vanishing and job security is a myth. At AFDA we embrace the unknown, we embrace disruption and we embrace all innovation. This generation has grown with digital 21st Century thinking - where the old generation see confusion and fear, the youth see opportunity. They will create the skills they need and will create the future they want to inherit. Out job is to facilitate and facilitate. To the young person (and their parents) one of the biggest certainties is that in the future, people will want to consume more media, be entertained more and will want novel experiences via digital technology. If I had to lay a bet on what the most secure profession was: I would pity the lawyer or accountant not the person qualified here - at AFDA.'
For further information please visit the AFDA website: http://www.afda.co.za
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