Channel Seven’s Sunrise weather presenter, Sam Mac, visits NIDA

If you were eating your breakfast on Tuesday and happened to see NIDA on your TV screen, then you would have been in for a treat. Channel Seven’s Sunrise star weather presenter Sam Mac and his team came to NIDA to film their popular weather cross segment.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the NIDA staff and students who were up during the small hours of the day helping to bring the building to life.

If you didn’t happen to tune in to Sunrise at 5.30am or watch the whole show – perhaps you only caught some of the action – here is a breakdown of the program.

Sam Mac’s arrival at our entrance saw him introduce NIDA as the place where award-winning actors such as Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett learned their art form.

Moving into the Nancy Fairfax Foyer, third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Properties and Objects) student, Savannah Mojidi, showed Sam one of her most recent puppets, Grimm, and explained what went into her exceptional creation. Meanwhile, several of our second-year Acting students operated various eerie puppets in the background.

Over in the Parade Theatre, our Head of Voice, Katerina Moraitis, took centre stage for some quick voice exercises with Sam, as well as a scat with the Acting students and recent Acting graduate, Angela Nica Sullen. This was followed by our Head of Acting, John Bashford, teaching Sam the art of crying on cue. It’s up to you to judge how well Sam did.

Moving into the Atrium, Gavin Robins, our Head of Movement, led a segment on aerial movement with third-year Acting students. He spoke about the importance of movement in acting, and how NIDA keeps on top of industry trends such as those aerial techniques seen in movies like The Matrix, while students jumped and somersaulted in the background. Sam even had a go himself after only 11 minutes of training.

Following this, there was a rather unnerving encounter with three ‘dead’ Costume students in the Nancy Fairfax Foyer, wearing 18th Century pieces. Our Acting Head of Costume, Annette Ribbons talked about what goes into making the outfits. NIDA Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) graduate, Caitlin Brown, did Sam’s make-up for the segment, which we first saw as he descended the stairs.

The exciting morning was capped off by 2013 Acting graduate and NIDA Open tutor, Jack Ellis. With students and staff members standing behind Sam and Jack, in what was the show’s curtain call, he discussed his time at NIDA.

NIDA staff and students would like to thank Sam and his team for making our morning brighter.