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I attended the AFTRS Screenwriting Part 1 Course on 16/6/12 that was a day long Course Presented by Carl Caulfield.

This Course/Workshop commenced with an Introduction Story that covered some general principles on dramatic writing and a quick comparison of writing for theatre and film, which was followed by a tea break.

Back to work, after the break we covered How to write with flair and with visual dynamic, followed by How to use Montage, dealing with time and chronology, including a brief Montage exercise, and then we had a lunch break.

After our lunch break we covered how to layout and format a screenplay, that was followed by Looking at character and what makes compelling screen characters, developing character bios and questions to ask about your character. We also covered How to write effective dialogue writing visually and with subtext, Building scenes, key elements and techniques, finished with On suspense, what happens next, Hitchcock’s theory on suspense.

Carl questioned why people are falling for making low rate Zombie films and only making them in the USA, to which I replied because the filmmakers believe that is where the moneymaking is, and the moneymaking market for Zombie films is in the USA.

The Course finished up with our Certificates being handed out to us for attending the Course/Workshop.

Carl Caulfield


Presented by Carl Caulfield

The Course will be Using more exercise and film clips, Screenwriting 2 will explore in more detail techniques to develop your script – plot points, step outlines, treatments and how to pitch your story.

It’s bound to be another entertaining and informative day with ‘Dr’ Carl.

I thought you might appreciate the advance notice about the course details, and that our $95 fee is available only until July 18. After that, $125 ( which is still well below what this course would cost in Sydney).

Feel free to let your friends know and contacts know. We are limiting this course to 20 participants ( based on some feedback from the last course)

WHAT: AFTRS Screenwriting Part 2

WHEN: Saturday August 18 9am-5pm

WHERE: Screen ACT, Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

COST: $95 before July 18 – $125 thereafter

INFO AND ENROLMENT: http://www.open.aftrs.edu.au/course/Q542

Oh, and I have just started a new facebook page, trying to draw together the various people based in regional areas who are interested in film, radio and TV production and logging our regional activities. http://www.facebook.com/AFTRSOpenregional



Martin Corben

Program Manager – Regional

Open Program Short Courses

Australian Film Television and Radio School

P: 02 9805 6498

M: 0419 992 368

130 Bent Street, The Entertainment Quarter

Moore Park NSW 2021

PO Box 2286, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012


AFTRS Creating Success with your Short Film – Sat Aug 25, 2012

AFTRS course – Creating Success with Your Short Film – Canberra

Tait Brady gives an insider’s guide to making the most of your short film, and using it to kick start your career. This is an intensive workshop about how to exploit every aspect of your short – including how to make some money back!

The course covers the latest changes in the distribution landscape including on-line marketing platforms, how to work the domestic and international festival market, potential outlets and returns for your film and give you an insight into the producer /sales agent /distributor relationship,

What: Creating Success with your Short Film

When: Saturday Aug 25 2012. 11am-3.45pm

Where: Screen ACT training rooms, Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

Cost: $95. 10% Early bird discount before July 25

More information and how to enrol: http://www.open.aftrs.edu.au/course/Q541 BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL, PLACES LIMITED

AFTRS acknowledges the support of Canberra Short Film Festival and Screen ACT in bringing this opportunity to the ACT.

Tait Brady is one of the most experienced players in Australia’s distribution landscape. As General Manager of Palace Films, Tait was responsible for acquiring and distributing some of Australia’s most seminal feature films and a champion of short films and emerging talent. Tait was also Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and its International Short Film Competition, Evaluation Manager at the Film Finance Corporation and Acting Director of Marketing for Screen Australia. Tait is currently producing and runs a film consultancy business, The Acme Film Co. He recently conducted the ‘Creating Success with your Short Film’ in both Sydney and Melbourne, ( and soon to be in Canberra) and other screen business courses for AFTRS.



Hot Docs is now accepting submissions to The Doc Shop Online for the September 2012 update. A programming resource for over 600 international buyers and programmers, The Doc Shop Online offers filmmakers, distributors and sales agents many rewards. Submit today!

CHECK OUT www.documentarychannel.ca FOR MORE INFORMATION


NEW Hollywood TV Series Development MASTERCLASS with Ros Walker

In early 2012, producer Roslyn Walker traveled to LA on a Skills Victoria Fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute to examine how the most successful TV industry in the world develops television series.

Ros gathered information directly from industry practitioners and more than a dozen showrunners of series, including The Simpsons, Breaking Bad, Family Guy, 24, The Kennedys, The West Wing and NCIS; producers and network and cable development executives of shows such as Two and a Half Men, Mad Men and Homeland; and financiers, agents, casting and music supervisors.

In this Masterclass, Roslyn will present her findings and share the secrets of how Hollywood delivers some of the world’s best television, and what the Australian industry can learn from this. She will also give interesting and unusual facts about the shows from behind the scenes, as well as a valuable insight into LA-la land itself.

Date: Saturday 21st July

Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm – networking afterwards until 6:30pm

Where: Open Channel, Shed 4, North Wharf Road, Docklands

Cost: $120.00 (Open Channel members) $180.00 (non Open Channel members)

To receive an application form, please email your expression of interest (quote “Hollywood TV Masterclass”) to Elise Cooney – enrolments@openchannel.org.au or phone 03 86109300

BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops coming to Australia!

Inspired by the recent Joplin Award Winner (Best International Script outside UK, Canada and USA), BlueCat is coming to NZ and Australia to lead a few workshops.

Australian Workshops:


Full Script Workshop (Limit 7 writers)
Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Full Registration $345
Audit $45
Register Now/ More Info


Full Script Workshop (Limit 7 writers)
Sunday, August 26th, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Full Registration $345
Audit $45
Register Now/ More Info

SHED 4 at Open Channel – Office space for rent!

Do you need office space for your production company? Come to Shed 4!

PODS FOR RENT! Office or storage space is now available within Shed 4 in the form of Pods (Pictured Below).

Shed 4 also offers more than 2,000 square metres of flexible space with waterfront views at Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

Contact Nim on 03 8610 9300 or email shed4@openchannel.org.au to enquire about shed hire, or for a tour of PodLand!

Producing and Production Management with Ros Walker – Starts July 10th

Stand out amongst the crowd with our intensive Producing & Production Management course!

This course is designed for those seeking to production manage or produce independent productions. It provides a comprehensive overview of the entire production process and includes practical applications, field trips, and guest speakers.


Ros Walker is one of Australia’s most respected screen production professionals. Her feature film credits include co-producing Peaches, line producing Big Mamma’s Boy and Not Quite Hollywood and production managing Life and Only the Brave. She produced the documentary Portrait and is
producing the documentary Remain in Light. From 1998-2002 she was Manager of Film Victoria and has served as the Victorian Chapter Head of SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia).

Learn about:

– Breaking down a script
– Budgeting according to the Screen Australia A-Z template
– Scheduling a production
– Contracting cast and crew
– Fulfilling cast and crew obligations
– Working with locations
– Understand basic industrial issues, accounting, taxation, insurance and delivery requirements of the production
– The differences between film and television
– Standard post-production pathways
– Building a career in this field
– Set safety
– How to run a production and production paperwork

This course is a heady and information filled introduction to the business side of the screen industry. Includes a half-day film law workshop with leading entertainment lawyer Shaun Miller (Mary and Max, Gettin’ Square, Suburban Mayhem, John Safran’s Music Jamboree).

Who should do this course?

Ideal for beginners or experienced filmmakers wanting an in-depth insight into production management, as well as a broad understanding of the entire production process. Also useful for emerging Producers.

PPM1202: Tuesdays July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7 (6.15pm – 9.15pm) & Sundays July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12 (10am – 5pm)

For more information click here

Take out membership, quote this add and get a further 10% off the cost of this short course.

Cinematography Foundation

This practical and popular introductory workshop provides a solid foundation for new Cinematographers.

“The tutor’s technical and practical knowledge were invaluable and he quickly tuned into our focus and tailored the day to suit our needs. For me it was THE most effective training day I have ever had…and I have had a few” (Past Open Channel student)

CIN1201 Saturdays/Sundays 21, 22, 28, 29 July

The course covers:

  • The nature, quality and behaviour of light
  • Pre-visualisation exercises and examination of photographic styles
  • Interior/exterior lighting styles and logistics
  • Composition, exposure and movement
  • Choosing cameras and formats
  • Lighting safety, equipment care and maintenance
  • Practical exercises in three-point lighting and derivatives

TUTOR: Julian Filer

Julian is multi award winning Australian Filmmaker currently based in Melbourne working as a senior lecturer for SAE Institute and Open Channel. He has received several awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society for excellence in storytelling and the ability to compose shots and utilise lighting techniques to create beautiful images.


*Terms and conditions apply. Courses must be completed in 2012. Contact enrolments@openchannel.org.au for terms & conditions or further enquiries.

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Master Classes
Rajkumar Hirani & Abhijat Joshi – Thinking through laughter

A master class unraveling the secrets behind successful script writing collaborations with a special focus on the comedy genre.

Date: TBC – (Rajkumar’s Father recently passed away – we are awaiting his travel details)

Hoyts Melbourne Central


Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi are arguably India’s most successful screenwriting partnership. The highest grossing Bollywood film of all time ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ (which had a strong cultural impact in India by popularising Gandhism) reveal the brilliance of their combined story development and writing skills; a delicate balance between pure laughter and powerful social comment.

In this master class Raju and Ahbijat will discuss how they work together utilizing hearty laughter as a trigger for thoughtful discussion, and how this process ultimately results in creating successful popular cinema.

Moderator: John Molloy – Head of Production at iconic Australian company Mushroom Pictures and producer of films such as: ‘Crackerjack’ and ‘Macbeth’.

To Book Tickets Click Here

For further information click here

Panel Discussion: Co-production? You’re dreaming!
Date: TBC

Hoyts Melbourne Central


Can we tell a story together? A question actively explored by Victorian and Indian film practitioners today. What would an Australian/Indian co-production look like and could it ever satisfy both markets? As our two nations are increasingly building partnerships financially and culturally, there surely must be a great Aussie/Indian film around the corner?

A panel of high profile Indian filmmakers will explore this topic, providing Victorian filmmakers with the invaluable Indian perspective to cross-cultural storytelling and film co-productions.

The panel features:
– Rajkumar Hirani – Award-winning writer and director of Bollywood blockbusters such as: ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’.
– Abhijat Joshi – Award-winning screenwriter of Bollywood blockbusters such as: ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’.
– Jugal Hansraj – Award-winning actor and director & the writer and director of ‘Roadside Romeo’ the first mainstream CGI feature film produced in India.

  • Mitu Bowmick Lange – Director of Australian based film production and distribution company Mind Blowing Films specialising in Indian films & line-producer of blockbusters such as ‘Salaam Namaste’ and ‘Chak De India’.

Moderator: John Molloy – Head of Production at iconic Australian company Mushroom Pictures and producer of films such as ‘Crackerjack’ and ‘Macbeth’.


Further information click here

Victoria University special offer to Open Channel members: discounted price for Executive Producing course starts July
Victoria University will offer a short course – the Professional

Certificate in Executive Screen Production this July 2012.

Developed in close consultation with the Screen Producers

Association of Australia, the course is a professional development opportunity for emerging producers and those interested in creating commercial screen projects.

Scheduled three weekends in July (7/8, 14/15, 28/29) the course is focused on the business end of screen production. The course aims to develop the knowledge, skills and methodologies used by Producers in the creation of screen content for all exhibition and broadcast media.

The course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop practical professional skills and knowledge in:

  • presenting a business case for private investors, production companies and screen markets;
  • locating and structuring finance for screen projects domestically and internationally;
  • relevant aspects of contract/intellectual property law, and standard screen contracts;
  • models of distribution – theatrical, DVD, VOD, pay per view, free to air, online, licensing, and merchandising.

In addition the Course will provide an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with fellow students and industry practitioners to realise their own projects. As a result of last year’s course, several past students are now actively engaged in bringing their projects to the screen.

Classes are limited to 24 students at a maximum in order to ensure a quality learning experience. Students will receive comprehensive notes for each topic and the sessions will include a wide range of practical activities and opportunities to ask questions and initiate discussion to support learning that will inform participants in the workplace.


$1095 – Open Channel Members
$1250 – others.

For more information: phone (03) 9919-1811 or email: esplaw@vu.edu.au

C31 Make TV Info Session

C31 is calling for content!! As Melbourne and Geelong’s open-access, community TV broadcaster, C31 is constantly content-hungry and looking for new programs.
We need YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY to help us!

Our content is local, diverse and there’s something for everyone…if there isn’t…just make it!

What category do you feel C31 needs more content? What special interest can you bring to life on C31?

With over 130 brand new locally-produced programs each week, Melbourne is a hub of creativity, passion and talent to make your idea a reality!

The session is on Wednesday 11 July 2012 from 6pm-7pm. The session will be held in a room at RMIT University, Melbourne. Exact building and room to be advised closer to the date.

RSVP essential at http://www.c31.org.au/make-tv/make-tv-info-night or by calling 03 9660 3131.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Production Manager and First Assistant Director sought for VCA Masters Shoot 7 – 15 July
Director: Dominique Haslam

My name is Dominique Haslam and I am shooting my Masters film in two weeks. We are filming in Werribee (40 minutes from the city) for seven days over a nine day period (final shooting days to be confirmed).

I am looking for a super efficient Production Manager who can come on board asap to assist with securing location agreements, managing safety requirements, scheduling and wrangling of people and places. The Production Manager will have the professional guidance of the VCA Production Coordinator to assist.

I also need a First Assistant Director who can assist in pre-production with scheduling and call sheets in collaboration with the Production Manager, and run a tight ship during the shoot. This person will also have the professional guidance of the school’s Production Coordinator.

If you are interested and available, please drop me a line. I can send through a copy of the script if you like or samples of my work and academic references if that helps! If you can jump on board now and are well organised, reliable and good with getting things done in a time pressured environment, I would love to hear from you. It’s a great opportunity to work with some really talented people.

Thanks so much for you time.

Dominique Haslam

Masters Student (Second Year)
Victorian College of the Arts


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