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28 February

Metro Screen


The SBS2 Rebrand Delivers What SBS Needs. Probably.

By guest blogger Dan Barrett, Televised Revolution

Today SBS announced the rebrand of their digital multichannel SBS2. Starting April 1, SBS2 wil now target younger audiences aged 16-39 with a direct focus on “thinking 30-somethings”. SBS are billing SBS2 as a “place to share their passion for emerging cultural ideas and experiences with diverse content from around the world that is edgy, adventurous and fun, and connects audiences with the world”. While yes, that is a lot of “world”, it also sounds like SBS are onto a good thing with this rebrand.

SBS2 has been aimless. Serving more as an extension of the primary SBS channel rather than a service with its own sense of purpose, SBS2 has largely diluted the SBS brand with viewers torn not just between viewing content on SBS or other channels, but between the two similar SBS TV offerings. By providing this focus on “thinking” youth viewers, SBS are not just creating a distinct focus for their channel, but are also catering to an audience that is not being catered to all that well by existing networks. The youth audience that Go! cater towards are those who seem perpetually aged 16 years-old, while Ten’s three channels don’t quite have a clear focus on any specific audience.

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Emerging Filmmakers Fund 2013

Emerging Filmmakers Fund 2013

Screen NSW has announced applications are now open for a new round of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund (EFF). EFF provides career development pathways in the screen industry and supports talented emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films. In this round, up to three projects will be funded with grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production.

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My Queer Career

My Queer Career 2013 Short Film Competition Winners

The Mardi Gras Film Festival, presented by Queer Screen is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the calibre of films for their annual short competition, My Queer Career, was higher than ever. Sixteen short films from Australia were in competition this year with the top prize going to Summer Suit, directed and produced by Bec Peniston-Bird. Summer Suit was also recently selected for the 63rd Berlin and Slamdance International Film Festivals.

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Underbelly Arts


Returning to Cockatoo Island in July this year, Underbelly Arts is currently calling for applications from artists interested in developing and presenting new work as part of the Lab and Festival. This opportunity will provide successful applicants with a two-week development residency at the Underbelly Arts Lab plus a significant amount of in-kind and production support leading up to a presentation at the Underbelly Arts Festival. Applications close Monday March 18. Head to for more info.

Pretty Normal Activity

Metro Screen films at Tropfest and TropJr 2013

This year the short Pretty Normal Activity made by our Young Filmmakers Workshop in the Metro Screen Studios battled it out in the finals of TropJr. The film was written, directed and produced by the young filmmakers with the guidance of Metro Screen tutor and filmmaker, Simon Koloadin.

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From FCP to AVID in 2 Days 23 - 24 March

This one-weekend intensive will help you migrate from FCP to AVID Media Composer in just two days. If you want to work in Television you need AVID. It's the industry standard for multi-camera television productions and the preferred software of professional editors. Since the introduction of the prosumer software FCP Pro X, and the discontinuation of FCP7, semi-professional editors are also moving towards using AVID. If you have a good understanding of FCP7 this course will help you transfer your skills across with expert tips and tricks and a working knowledge of industry standards. Soon you’ll be editing like a BOSS!


Editing in AVID 13 April - 4 May

Good editors are in demand. If you want a job in television or a decent professional production house you’ll need to be able to use AVID Media Composer. It’s the preferred software of many professional editors, especially in television. Look Ma I’m editing Neighbours! In just four days you’ll have a basic introduction to editing using AVID part-time in a small class on computers with the latest versions and a teacher that has been making real TV shows for over 40 years. Limited places available.


Camera and Lighting Techniques 18 May
Craft of Directing 5 March
Production Management 25 March
Fundamentals Of VFX 3 April
Multiplatform Filmmaking 11 April
Film Producing 16 April
Directing Actors 4 May
Sound Design & Editing 12 May
Young Filmmakers Workshop 22 April



Machete Girl the Hacker Chronicles

The hover bike scenes for the pilot Machete Girl, The Hacker Chronicles were shot in the Metro Screen Chroma Key studio this month. Chief Editor of Machete Girl Magazine, MGTV and Dark Media, Matt Joyce used the studio to achieve desert and city scenes in post using VFX – “with all productions there were a lot of challenges that were thrown our way, I am happy to report that Metro Screen was not one of them. The dedication and support shown to us before, during and after filming was second to none. We are so grateful to have had the wonderful people at Metro Screen helping us out whenever we needed it. We look forward to shooting our next scenes there soon!”

Machete Girl Magazine | MGTV | Dark Media

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DOP’s Required for Assistance Dogs Australia

Assistance Dogs are looking for volunteers in any of our capital cities who would like to film some new footage of pups in training and our recipients with their dogs.

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Sydney Film Festival: Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films 2013

Submissions for the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films close on Wednesday 27th February 2013. Shortlisted films will be screened during the Sydney Film Festival and winners receive a cash prize, with Live Action and Yoram Gross Animation Award winners being eligible for Academy Awards consideration.

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Message Sticks Festival 2013

Celebrating the very best of Indigenous arts. Under the artistic direction of Rhoda Roberts, Message Sticks Festival returns to Sydney Opera House from 19th to 24th March 2013, celebrating the arts and culture of the world’s first peoples, highlighting our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

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Silent Hill Revelation Giveaway

Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is.

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Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars Giveaway

Top Gear marks 50 years of James Bond films with a rip-snorting celebration of 007’s most iconic cars. From the gorgeous, gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 and aquatic Lotus Esprit to the gawky Citroen 2CV and spiral jumping AMC Hornet, Richard Hammond looks at the machines that moved the world’s favourite spy and gets the stories behind them from Bond legends including actors Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore.

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Danny Bhoy: Live at the Festival Theatre Giveaway

Danny Bhoy is one of the most in-demand stand-ups on the planet. A natural gift in storytelling combined with a razor-sharp wit makes him one of the most unique and exciting comedians to emerge in the past few years. Recent appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live at the Apollo tell only part of the story. Over the past decade, this young Scot has quietly built a huge global following on one of the most reliable social media platforms of all, word of mouth.

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Hammer Horror Giveaway

Shock Entertainment are re-releasing classic Hammer Horror films on DVD! These Titles include: Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Plague of the Zombies, Quatermass and the Pit, Rasputin: The Mad Monk, The Devil Rides Out, The Mummy’s Shroud and The Reptile.

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