Vivienne Smith completed a Bachelor of Digital Media (now known as a Bachelor of Media Arts).
After studying fine art and filmmaking at UNSW Art & Design, Vivienne Smith took the plunge into sports and adventure documentaries. She landed a job in 2012 with Nothin’ But Shorts International, an independent Australian production house specialising in the moving image and brand management. About half their clients representing sporting groups and extreme adventure organisations and the other half tend to be companies that make corresponding equipment and clothing for those activities. It was in this environment that Vivienne began to define herself as an adventure producer and cinematographer, honing her technical and studio management skills for international TV and online content creation.
While at Nothin’ But Shorts, Vivienne travelled to Base Camp at Mount Everest to make a documentary about the world’s highest altitude marathon. She then followed the journey of four extreme adventurers to New Zealand, Tasmania, Ecuador, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Switzerland as they traversed thousands of miles of rugged country biking, kayaking, hiking, and running to make the TV series – Wild Racers. In addition she’s covered Japan’s premier cycling event – the Japan Cup; SBS’s weekly Cycling Central broadcast – the National Road Series; and the Australian classic of three athletes, eight mountains, and eight States in eight days – the Aussie 8.
Vivienne now works on feature length documentaries including as Executive Producer for The Traveller: The Missing Link about an eccentric adventurer who circumnavigates the globe without the aid of any machinery; and as Script Supervisor for One Less God, an extraordinary low budget Australian production about a group of international tourists besieged in their Mumbai hotel by members of the Islamic Fundamentalist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.