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27 May

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Multiplatform skills in demand

The good news for the media industry in Australia is that media employment is expected to rise by 15,000 new jobs by 2015 and online media is likely to create half of these jobs, according to a report by The Boston Consulting Group.  Here at Metro Screen we are always looking ahead at what is happening in the creative industry in Australia and how our courses can prepare our students to be ready to meet the demands of a dramatically changing industry. Many Metro Screen students who have completed the Diploma of Screen & Media: Multiplatform Production have gone on to great success in the industry. 

Clarke Richards, (2011 graduate) has written, directed, produced and performed films which have screened at festivals including Palm Springs, Cyprus, St Kilda, Dungog and Flickerfest. He recently appeared in ABCTV's comedy The Roast. Claire Marshall (2011 graduate) won a pitch contest in Cannes this year with Zombie Boot Camp.

Emma Morris (2010 graduate) recently worked with Hoodlum as Multiplatform Producer across their slate of digital and film projects including innovative multiplatform drama for Channel Ten - Secrets & Lies and a six part web series for James Squires.  Ester Harding (2010 graduate) has worked for Freehand Productions on the documentary series Bush Slam (ABC) and the social media documentary Goa Hippy Tribe (Facebook / SBS).  In 2012 she joined Media Stockade to line-produce The Surgery Ship (SBS) and co-produce feature documentary I Am A Girl (nominated for 4 AACTA Awards, including Best Feature Documentary). As an All Media Producer, Ester works with her colleagues to push the boundaries of form as well as content, encouraging conversations around stories across platforms. 

Applications for the Diploma of Screen & Media: Multiplatform Production close on 6 June so be quick to secure your future in the online media space.  There are only 15 places available.  Course dates are 1 July – 26 November.  Book an interview by phoning 9356 1818 or apply online. VET FEE-HELP is available

Industry News


One's to watch 2014

Will you make the next SPA One’s to Watch list?  Last year’s list included two Metro Screen graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Multiplatform, Ester Harding and Emma Morris. Ones To Watch is a mentor program for early-career producers who create content for big and small screens. Applications close 12 June 2014.


AACTA opens the door to the Indies

This year the Australian Academy is extending support and opportunities  for all short form makers through a reduction of entry fees (down to $100 from either $240 or $396) and an initiative named Social Shorts. Call for entries  in the Documentary and Television categories will be announced in the coming months.


52 Tuesdays

Sophie Hyde, director of 52 Tuesdays, spoke to Junkee recently and revealed some great tips for making a unique film and getting it out to audiences. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week – only on Tuesdays, 52 Tuesdays is in cinemas now. To find out sessions, check out the film's website.


Meat on pozible

2014 Metro Screen Breaks funded film Meat has launched on Pozible and is already well on its way to reaching its goal, having hit 25% of the target in the first two days! Meat follows a teenage boy, home from boarding school for the weekend and riddled with guilt after running over a homeless man's dog. Watch their video and support the project.


5.00pm – 6.30pm, Fri 6 Jun 2014
Premiere Screening, Panel Discussion & Networking Opportunity at The Lounge at Vivid Ideas Exchange. Metro Screen looks ahead to the next 10-15 years and asks the big questions: What will the screen industry look like in 2030 and will a creative screen career pay the rent? Selling fast, book now.

2.00pm – 3.30pm, Sun 15 Jun 2014
Join us as Metro Screen presents a panel discussion featuring the diverse group of 2014 Dendy Award finalists, who will share their short filmmaking adventures  at the vanguard of Australia’s short film industry, the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films.




The Diploma of Screen and Media: Multiplatform Production will give you the technical and theoretical skills required to work in the realm of digital content production and multiplatform storytelling. You will develop your own website, blog, portfolio and showreel including a genuine client driven project. Places still available, applications close 6 June, apply online online or call 9356 1818 for an interview. 

This course provides a thorough overview of the role of the Production Designer and the Art Department - how their work is achieved and how it contributes to the finished project. Through various exercises and case studies you will learn how to use your imagination and creativity in a practical way to gain a real understanding of this central role.



Movie Magic Scheduling – now available in Metro Screen Media Lab. Movie Magic is the professional industry standard for breaking down your script into the time-tested stripboard format, allowing you to create versatile production schedules.   This easy to use software offers the ability to create different versions of a potential schedule and apply different parameters or limitations. You can hire a workstation with Movie Magic Scheduling at a competitive daily rate.



Ian Andrews, Metro Screen's Technology Manager, will head to Spain in the second arts residency of the Chippendale New World Art Prize, a $100,000 ten year arts initiative.

The winning video work titled City of Light is a reconstruction of archival images combined to create fictional grand vistas that play with the symmetry of architectural forms.



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