Profile Cherie Luk
Cherie, how did you end up working in this industry?
I started working in the film industry by accident actually. Shortly after graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Commerce, I applied for a marketing campaign job. Our task was to create a one-minute video on the campaign topic in less than 48 hours. So, with the help of a friend, my phone and iMovie, I got to work! This was my first experience with filming and editing, and although I didn’t get the job, I adored the process.
Eager to learn more about filmmaking, I asked around for further info. Ultimately, the company’s head of marketing recommended I look into MAPS as another avenue. So, I took her advice, and a few weeks later, after another interview and semi-crisis, I found myself studying all over again – now at film school. This change was daunting to say the least, but once the year begun, I never looked back. Since then, from student films to large-scale productions, I’ve fallen in love with the industry and couldn’t see myself doing anything else!
What did you do to further your career?
A year after MAPS I discovered that I was most interested being behind the camera and when SAFC was offering a short 2nd AC course in Melbourne, I went for it and got accepted. It was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. The course was very practical and offered more information than I could ever ask for in only two short weeks.
Your reputation for being enthusiastic at work in the industry is growing around town, so where do you think your future lies?
I’m hoping to work on more long-form projects in the future. I love my job as a 2nd AC/ video-split at the moment and have found working with experienced crews/cinematographers to be really rewarding. In time, having gained more experience on camera, I aim to shoot a longer project of my own.
Cherie, what’s your proudest moment so far?
So far, it’s getting an attachment from the SAFC on a feature film called “A Sunburnt Christmas”. It’s my first longer form production and I absolutely love it. Hopefully similar long form opportunities will appear in the future.
What’s your favourite film or TV show?
The French film “Amelie”, or any of Guillermo Del Toro’s work - “Pan’s Labrinth” and “Shape of Water” are both great!
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in film?
I would be interning at a business consulting firm or somewhere in marketing.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people may know, do you have any hidden talents?
Well I can speak six languages and I’m also a Latin dancer.
Wow, did you say six languages!? Thanks Cherie, it's true that you're very enthusiastic, I always like to see your smile at our ACS events. All the best with your career. Photo below: Vivyan Madigan, David Gregan, 2nd AC Cherie and Jake Cooper...What a camera team!