CAMERA, SET, ACTION: Brydie-Lee Sheen as the on-set director of photography for the Australian television series, The Billabong.
CAMERA, SET, ACTION: Brydie-Lee Sheen as the on-set director of photography for the Australian television series, The Billabong.

Homecoming clearly in focus for filmmaker

BRYDIE-LEE SHEEN followed her dreams, packed up her North Coast lifestyle and moved to Western Australia.

But after her six-year stint away from home, the girl originally from 'out the back of Wiangaree' will move back to the area next month.

With some acquired fame and a little fortune, Ms Sheen hopes to continue her love of cinematography, delving into natural history and documentaries.

After her HSC at Trinity Catholic College, Lismore, in 1995, Ms Sheen started a degree in human movement at SCU.

“I wanted to get into physiotherapy, but I didn't get a TER because I didn't study enough board-developed courses,” she said.

“I went in as a mature-age student, but I didn't have a TER, so I couldn't go straight into physiotherapy.

“I wanted to do filmmaking, so I applied for the course in Perth. It was either I got into physiotherapy, or I went over there,” she said.

In Perth, she gained a six-month scholarship to study in the UK.

“I worked with Jillian Anderson, from the X-Files, and she shared her experience as an actor and director,” Ms Sheen said.

After her course, it only got better.

“I did some photography and radio work, which was hard because I am dyslexic and it wasn't like a production where you have six months to edit. You write things down for the host to read, and if you stuff up it's pretty crucial,” she said.

But it prepared her well for her next camera work assignment.

With a boom in television production in Broome, Ms Sheen became involved in camera work for productions such as Trapped, The Circuit 2 and the feature film Bran Nue Dae.

Now with a solid network built up, Ms Sheen hopes to continue her passion back home, initially making wedding DVD's 'for my bread and butter', with a bigger view of getting into the festival circuit and making a few short dramas.

And her parting advice for people looking to get into the industry?

“If you haven't got the passion, then don't bother, because this industry is hard to get into,” she said.



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