16 Oct 2015
TAFE Queensland Brisbane student Beau Eastman has has surpassed all of his past career goals after taking home yet another film-making award, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Reelers Surfing World Short Film Comp.
Beau and his co-worker from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Craig Willmoth, created a beautiful film that celebrates their love of nature and surfing.
Setting and Smashing Career Goals
Beau enrolled in a Certificate IV in Screen at TAFE Queensland straight after finishing high school, and quickly went on to pick up a number of awards in quick succession, including Best Film and Best Director award at the Reelife Short Film Festival for the documentary he produced called Our Guru of Surfing.
On the back of his award wins, Beau was approached by the RSPCA to create some films to help raise awareness and support.
“As an animal lover, I was honoured to produce films that would ultimately be used to benefit the safety and welfare of animals in shelters.”
Beau is currently working in his dream job at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as an animal handler, presenting various shows to an enthralled audience. He also recently made a short video for the Currumbin Wildlife Animal Hospital.
To formalise the skills he’s learning on the job, Beau is now enrolled in a Certificate III in Captive Animals at TAFE Queensland Brisbane.
On Beau’s most recent win, he said “I’m so shocked that we won the Audience Choice Award, we must have touched some hearts. My good mate and co-worker Craig and I work at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary training birds and releasing them back into the wild.”
“Craig is a really passionate surfer and has a real love for birds of prey. He reminded me that this is what I love too. We just wanted to create something special that combined both nature and surfing and reach out to people who love these two things as well.”
Beau and Craig have donated $500 of their prize money back into the Wildlife Hospital where they work so they can refurbish the rehab centre for birds of prey.
In April 2016 Beau will travel to Africa to capture surfing and wildlife footage for World Surfaris.
You can check more of Beau’s film work on his youtube channel.
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