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Bachelor of Communication, Media Studies (2013)

Adelaide McDougall

I graduated from Massey in 2013 with a Bachelor of Communication majoring in media studies with a minor in public relations. Soon after I graduated, I flew to New York City to fulfil an internship at a fashion PR Company, working with brands such as Vera Wang and many others.

During my experiences I often found myself referring back to knowledge I had attained at Massey - and I was able to put that knowledge to use for press releases. During this experience, I realised that Fashion PR was not my calling and decided to explore other fields, which led me to an internship at a Film Production Company based in Brooklyn called Transistor Studios. It was here that I discovered my passion for film - and I’ve since been amazed that I hadn’t discovered it sooner (because I adored all of the film related classes that I took during my studies)!

Following my three-month internship I was offered a position as Studio Manager at Transistor, which I was thrilled about. I spent many happy months at Transistor Studios organising production workflows, assisting in shoots and filming, booking freelancers to assist us in the postproduction of commercials and online videos and contributing to creative discussion with clients. Some of my projects included working on a shoot for IMAX, a Lupe Fiasco music video and a Beats by Dre commercial.

I was lucky enough to be offered sponsorship to the United States by Transistor Studios, however, in 2015, I was offered a role on Ghost in the Shell in Wellington and decided to return to New Zealand. When that finished, I obtained a production manager role at Robber’s Dog in Auckland, working in television commercials for about a year. While I was there, I also produced music videos on the side, my most recent project with NZ artist David Dallas. I even took a month off to do yoga teacher training in India!

I’m currently working on Westside (season four) with South Pacific Pictures, and am also about to direct a short film I wrote - ‘VIRGO’, which will be released online in May this year (you can stay up to date with my projects on my instagram @adelaidehelena). Very exciting times! In May I am moving to Vancouver to work on feature films.
I wouldn’t have got to this point without Massey. It was at Massey that I had the opportunity to use camera and editing equipment, making some of my very first projects. It was such a special time and has been integral to the rest of my journey. My time with Massey prepared me to be able to participate effectively and professionally in a range of media-related roles and ultimately to pursue my passion for film production.