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11 October

Metro Screen

Piracy: Consumer led revolution or killing the screen industry?

Piracy: An Industry Debate

Piracy is a major issue for the Australian screen content industry. Be front row for the biggest industry debate Wednesday 7 November 6.30 – 8.00pm Chauvel Cinema, Paddington.

With the impending roll out of the NBN and recent moves by the ABC and Foxtel to shorten the window of release for Australian audiences, the time is right for some informed discussion. This complex issue will be discussed by special guest industry leaders. The debate topic will be revealed on the night, followed by Q&A from the audience. You will hear from:

+ Lori Flesker – CEO, Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation
+ Adrianne Pecotic – CEO, Independent Cinema Association of Australia
+ Tim Parsons – COO, Quickflix
+ Rodney Serkowski – Founder, Pirate Party Australia

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Featured Items

Film Scout

Be a Film Scout

We have a double Film Scout Pass to Cockatoo Island Film Festival Sunday 28 Oct valued at $85. All you have to do is email us your top 5 Twitter or Facebook sources for local film & TV news.

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Speed Networking Record

Over 350 Film and content makers have registered for the biggest Speed Networking event in the country. It all goes down on Cockatoo Island Friday 26 Oct 6 – 8pm during the SPAA Fringe program.

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Open House

Open House Careers Night

Hmmm what are you going to do with your life? If you or someone you know is considering becoming a Filmmaker, TV Producer or Digital media content producer, make sure they get along to the Open House Careers Night Thursday 15 Nov 6 – 7pm to hear all the options at Metro Screen, the industry hub where careers start.

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Today’s lesson in the world wide (tangled) web of video content is about Multicasting. NBN Co recently launched a multicasting service to Telco’s and Internet Service Providers – could they be the TV channels of the future?

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Book in to any short course this week and get a bonus Film Scout Pass to Cockatoo Island Film Festival for FREE valued at $42.50.

Camera Essentials 14 Oct or 3 Nov

The perfect introduction to camera operating and cinematography techniques. In this hands-on practical course, participants learn high definition camera operating and lighting skills. Topics covered include framing, exposure, white balance as well as handling techniques, lighting set up and layout and an overview of shooting formats.

Final Cut Pro 7 Intermediate 23 Oct

Taught by a Metro Screen Apple Certified trainer this course covers the second half of Apple's FCP 101 training syllabus and is designed for those with a good basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7.  Participants will cover advanced editing functions, including titles, graphics, audio mixing, motion tools, multi-camera editing, filters, colour correction, grading and outputting formats.

TropJr Young Filmmakers 18 December

This advanced three-day workshop is designed especailly for kids ages 11-15 yrs, to create short films for TropJr. Particiapnts are encouraged to bring with them ideas for short films and/or a script that may be selected for production over the course of the workshop. Participants will have the oppourtunity to write, act, shoot, light, direct, edit add a sound track and produce a Trop Jr short film project.

Young Filmmakers Workshop 21 January 2013

In three days the 21 students will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking all the way from script to screen. They will each have the opportunity to write, act, shoot, light, direct, edit, add soundtrack and produce, either a short film, a movie trailer, TV commercial or a behind-the-scenes documentary.


Tricaster MultiCam Virtual Sets

We have been busy lately exploring the capabilities of our Tricaster TCXD300, multi-cam switcher for live TV/ web streaming solutions. One of the cool features of this machine is the virtual sets over chromakey which allow for three camera angles, pan and zoom, as well as many colour correction options, real time reflection and insertion of video sources options. The Tricaster comes with a limited range of virtual sets, but we have been creating our own sets from still images and Lightwave 3D environments, which are very convincing. For a demo or to hear more about how the virtual sets can save a lot of money and trouble, call us on (02) 9356 1828 or email

Tricaster Virtual Set

Latest From The Forum


Need DOP/Cinematographer for a Romantic comedy

Izzy is a ten-part Dramedy/Romantic Comedy written for television. We will be shooting a proof-of-concept trailer to help market the show to local broadcasters, production companies and co-production partners in order to get the show televised. We plan to shoot on Sunday the 4th of November. We need: 1 DOP This is a deferred payment position.

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Bondi Short Film Festival Extended Entry Deadline

Due to numerous requests from filmmakers the film entry deadline for the 12th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival has been extended to Friday 12th October @ 5pm. The 2012 Bondi Short Film Festival has launched its call to all Australian filmmakers to enter their short film and be a part of its 12th anniversary year.

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Graphic: A Weekend of Graphic Storytelling, Animation and Music

Graphic is back, celebrating the art of graphic storytelling, illustration, music, comics, animation and gaming. There is no other festival like it! Be the first to hear Fat Freddy’s Drop’s new album, go behind the screens of Pixar and see Dr. Seuss and hip hop collective Elefant Traks go head to head.

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Craig Boreham Nominated for Largest International Queer Film Prize

Sydney filmmaker and Metro Screen Alumni Craig Boreham is making his way to Wales, after being nominated for the second time for the prestigious Iris Prize for his film, OSTIA - La Notte Finale. OSTIA, which won Best Film earlier this year at the Mardi Gras Film Festival’s My Queer Career Competition. The Iris Prize is Cardiff’s International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize and is the only LGBT short film prize in the world, which allows the winner to make a new film with the prize of £25,000 (approx. AU$ 39,500)!

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Metro Screen Alumni at Cockatoo Island Film Festival

The inaugural Cockatoo Island will screen an eclectic mix of films from 24th to 28th October 2012. As part of the 'A Girl's Gotta Do…' short film screening a host of Metro Screen Alumni will be screening the following films.

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Oaxaca Film Festival Says 'Si' to Socio

Socio, the latest short film from Writer/Director and Metro Screen Alumni Eran Thomson, has been selected to screen at the Oaxaca Film Fest in Mexico. The self funded short was shot entirely in Surry Hills, NSW Australia and is about a Mexican Wrestler looking for a fight, but who instead finds a 'match'.

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Money Tree at Legacy Film Festival

Funded by Metro Screen's First Break Program 2011, Money Tree is an animation about Solomon, a destitute African boy trapped in poverty and his dreams of becoming rich. One day while roaming the village market he finds a coin belonging to a female shopper. He decides against the easy option of purchasing food with the money because he cannot bear to part with the coin, and so seeks the advice of his older brother.

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