By Nasreen Shaikh | 27 Apr 2018
It’s #FeatureFriday time!
If you’ve read some of our previous features, you’ll know that our #FeatureFriday’s are all about introducing you to some of the awesome students we have studying at NZIE. We love having the opportunity to showcase some of the cool things they’ve been up to, and get to know them a little better.
Today, I’d like you to meet Gerard Carlo Picar – aka ‘ravespear’.
If you’ve got any questions about film or movies, I guarantee Gerard can answer it for you! He’s the ultimate film and video guru.
Hailing from the Philippines, Gerard moved to New Zealand to study Digital Marketing at NZIE. With previous experience mostly in creative video production, he wanted to learn the business side of digital.
“I previously worked for a Filipino-German start-up company called Beleb back in the Philippines. I worked as a 3D artist/producer at that company. I basically had to do the process of preproduction, production and postproduction in video production. Most of the work were in-house projects for the company” says Gerard.
But studying hasn’t hindered his hobbies of photography and videography. Gerard’s Instagram project @ravespear is all about showcasing his traveling adventures through stunning images.
“My Instagram account @ravespear started out as just my casual account on Instagram. I decided to turn it into a personal travel account when I realized I have traveled around parts of the world and wanted to showcase that account as my photography portfolio. “
“At first I just posted random travel photos, then I decided to create a series of 6 photos of a particular place in the world I’ve been to which gives my Instagram account a more organized feel.”
Being a photography & videography rookie myself, I was interested to find out how he first got into the hobby.
“My original passion was film where I dreamed of being in the Oscars one day. I’ve always been in awe of how movies were made and that’s where I started to pick up a camera and start shooting. I got into photography as a hobby, then got really into it as well especially on Instagram where it can be a visual platform of your creative works.”
His photos speak for themselves, taking you on a journey of the beautiful places he’s visited.
Along with his travel and photography, he’s loving studying Digital Marketing here at NZIE.
“Digital Marketing at NZIE has helped me learn the business side of things and not just a creative perspective which I know. It helps a lot to get to know how to talk to a client and be able to execute their wants and needs to deliver a successful project. And studying in New Zealand has been a blast.”
“I love the weather here – it’s really hot in my country so the temperatures here are just right! I also love the diversity of cultures here in Auckland. And I can’t forget the beautiful nature walks, and The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit shooting locations!”
You can count on Gerard to document his travels within NZ and around the world. Keep up with his journey by following his Instagram @ravespear!