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Newsletter 21st September 2012 Issue 87


ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions

Anthology Feature POD

ScreenACT's Anthology Feature Pod (AFP) is a unique opportunity to learn how to make a great short film, have a chance to get the funds to do it and also get a feature credit! An Anthology is a feature length film made up of short films on a similar theme.  Think Paris Je t'aime, New York I Love You or even Creepshow.
The AFP is 2 x 2 day workshops where participants will be shown how to put together a successful short film with Melanie Coombs (Producer of Oscar winning short 'Harvie Krumpet' and the 2009 Animated Feature 'Mary and Max').  Melanie will go through what makes a good short film, how to come up with ideas and will screen a variety of successful short films. The top ten participants will then each receive a $5,000 cash grant & free ScreenACT equipment hire to go towards making their short film. Enrol now to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!

When: Sat 20th - Sun 21st October & Sat 3rd - Sun 4th November
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: Early Bird - $400 (SASI Members), $450 (non SASI Members); After 30th of September - $500 (SASI Members), $550 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


Feature Film Shooting in Canberra looking for Paid Crew Members

Rhys Graham's debut feature film 'Galore' is a teen drama produced by Philippa Campey. The film will be shooting in Canberra between 5th November and 7th December, and the production is looking to fill a wide variety of roles including Boom Operators, Art Department Runners, Vehicle Coordinators, Location Managers, Dog Wranglers, Production Assistants amongst others. Please send through your resumes ASAP as the pre-production phase will soon be finalised.  

For those interested, please fill out an online expression of interest


Andrew Pike Lecture Series on Distribution Continues

ScreenACT proudly announces Andrew Pike's next instalment of his survivor's guide to the Australian film industry. Andrew, Managing Director of Ronin Films, will continue to share his vast knowledge on the ins and outs of film distribution. For this lecture Andrew will talk in more detail about Theatrical Distribution through a case study of a major film release. This lecture will build upon the material that Andrew has previously presented, and will be rich in information and in trade anecdotes from Andrew's experiences in the distribution and cinema business.

When: 10:00am - 12:30pm, Saturday 6th October
Where: SilverSun Pictures, 82 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Cost: $20 (SASI Members), $25 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


Last Chance to Learn Visual FX with Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams' recent seminar at ScreenACT gave a fascinating insight into the process behind some of the most detailed compositing work done in recent years. His talk broke down his work as lead compositor for a number of films, and showed the step-by-step processes it took to create scenes from films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and John Carter, throwing light on the tools and techniques that are used to create the spectacular images we see at the movies. Following up on his presentation Lindsay will be running a 2 day course on learning Visual FX this weekend.

This workshop has been specifically designed to demonstrate the software, techniques and secrets used on films such as:
  •  House of Flying Daggers
  • Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • The Avengers
  • John Carter
  • 300
When: 9:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday 22nd September - Sunday 23rd September
Where: University of Canberra
Cost: $500
Book: Website


short::seasons Spring

short::seasons is a short film festival focusing on showcasing the work of filmmakers from the ACT.  It is a non-competitive short film festival with the aim being to demonstrate the strength and quality of the work of independent filmmakers who live and work in Canberra. With the deadline for entries having ended this week the selection of the film program will now begin in earnest. With that in mind, stay tuned to the short::seasons website for future announcements on the line-up. 

When: 7pm, Friday 26th October
Where: National Film & Sound Archive
Cost: Free

ScreenACT Welcomes Victor to the Team

Victor Willis has recently joined ScreenACT full-time as the new Administrative & Communications Co-ordinator. He will be taking over from Sophie Brown who has secured a position with By George Studios. Her fantastic work has been crucial to the success and growth of ScreenACT and everyone wishes her well in her future career.

Victor, a recent graduate from the University of Canberra, is an unrepentant film addict. Acknowledging that no other art form embraces list making to understand its own history and culture quite like film, Victor has provided a list of his ten favourite movies to help illuminate a little of his own character:
  • Onibaba (1964)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Harakiri (1962)
  • Pickpocket (1959)
  • Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  (1974)
  • Days of Heaven (1979)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

ScreenACT Equipment

Need some equipment for a shoot? Just need a few small things? Well look no further! ScreenACT is proud to offer excellent equipment at an affordable rate. We have bought a new industry standard camera with lots of bits and bobs to add to the camera itself. ScreenACT are also hiring out lights, sound equipment and  tripods. For a full product list click here. Our huge range of products are a great way to fully equip your shoot or just find that extra little bit of equipment you need. Bookings are essential and ScreenACT highly recommends obtaining Public Liability Insurance before shooting begins. ScreenACT can also offer affordable Public Liability Insurance for non commercial projects under our SASI initiative.

For more information on equipment and SASI visit our website
To book equipment please click here.





Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 4th October (early), 11th November (late)

Entry Deadline: 5th October 2012

Entry Deadline: 8th October 2012

Entry Deadline: 19th October 2012

Entry Deadline: 19th October (regular), 2nd November (late)

Entry Deadline: 1st November 2012

Entry Deadline: 25th November 2012

Entry Deadline: 30th November (regular), 14th December (late)

Entry Deadline: 15th December

SPAA2012 Conference Online registration

Over 700 Australian and international delegates will gather in Melbourne this year to attend SPAA2012. The theme, Partnerships, Growth and Consolidation provides a comprehensive platform for a programme rich in developing knowledge and relationships. Join the industry for three days of politics, business and creativity via keynote presentations, panel sessions, networking parties, screenings, pitching opportunities and markets.

The Conference will be held from Monday 12th - Thursday 15th November in Melbourne. For more information and to register click here.

Project Attachment Register

Part of a condition of being funded through the ACT Screen Investment Fund is for a production to take on "attachments".  An attachment is a paid position which gives the attached person experience and credits.  This attachment program is designed to help the ACT build capacity in various positions.  n most cases, productions will take on a number of attachments but would require that the attachee have had some exposure to the role that they are taking on.

Interested?  Then fill out the form to get onto the register.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

28 September 2012 - Documentary Development
28 September 2012 - Drama Development

Talent Escalator
5 October 2012 - Short Film Completion

5 December 2012 - Springboard: Short Film Initiative

12 October 2012 - Documentary Development

28 September 2012 - Think Big Documentary Lab Workshop
15 October 2012 - 
Travel Grant for Asian Animation Summit

TV Drama
22 October 2012 - General TV Drama
22 October 2012 - Children's TV

For recent funding approvals click here.

See their website for the full list


Short Film Script Reading Service 

Need help with developing your short film script? ScreenACT is providing a script reading service for $22 for filmmakers who would like to have their script analysed before going into production. National short film award winner Marisa Martin will be critiquing the scripts and will give detailed constructive feedback. This is a great way to improve your script which ultimately improves the film itself. This service provides a great opportunity to get real professional advice without the cost of a professional script editor. 

For more information please visit our website.  You can book online  here.

Local Feats - Canberra Feature Films

How many Canberra made Feature Films have you seen? Well CSFF got together with NewActon and collected 10 of the best and will be presenting them every two weeks on Thursday nights at the Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon. STRANGE JAMES on Thursday 27th September. Some others coming up include:
  • The Dinner Party
  • Perfect
  • Last Resort
For more information check out their Facebook Page and website. To book tickets 

AFTRS Presents the First Webisodes Course in Australia

Webisodes are quickly becoming the new ‘short film’, giving new and emerging filmmaker and opportunity to see how their idea might work in the longer TV series format.
This course is available ONLINE through the new AFTRS Online learning System, and with some participants from regional and outer-urban areas, its a great opportunity to mix it with others of a like mind, but from (potentially) all over the country.
The online component includes resources (video and other presentations), live chat and a skype session at the end where you will  pitch to a TV network.
This would be ideal for emerging filmmakers and writer/directors over 18 who are looking to expand their knowledge of this new industry.

When: Thursday 4th October - Thursday 22nd November 2012
Where: Online Course (Available in All States)
Cost: $690
Enrol: website
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The ScreenACT Experience Level 'Three E's'
In order to make it easier for you to identify which of the many programs is most suitable, we have broken down the programs by experience level.  After deciding which level is most appropriate for you, keep an eye on that colour badge to easily identify which programs are aimed at screen practitioners like you!

· New practitioners,
· Students in related fields,
· Hobbiests with no career aspirations, or
· People with less than three years experience of making screen content of any kind.   
· Media field degree graduate,
· Part-time media business owner,
· A few festival credits for short films or music videos,
· At least three years experience of making screen content of any kind.
· Media professionals,
· Production businesses,
· Full time employees in production field,
· Has significant festival credits, broadcast credits and/or theatrical releases.

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