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11 April

Metro Screen

The Dark & The Light side of the Internet

The Dark & The Light side of the Internet

An Australian viral sensation is underway thanks to the stunning visual effects work of Duncan Elms and the down to earth explanation by Marc Fennell titled Bitcoin Explained, a decentralized digital currency. The video has racked up 196,000 views since Sunday! It is now the Vimeo staff pick and is being promoted across global tech site Digg. This short video is a wildly successful combination of stunning visual graphics and an incredible subject matter too big to ignore. Its also online video at its best, not dumbed down for a TV audience or full of hype.

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Featured Items

Open House

Free AVID Editing Workshop

Only a few spots are left for the free Avid Editing workshop and Open House Information session at the Metro Screen studios on Thursday 18 April from 6 -  8pm. You’ll get an overview of all the opportunities at Metro Screen to develop content and a basic introduction to editing in Avid from master editor Jas Shennan.

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Fast Broadband

Fast Broadband

The best part about the Liberal party broadband announcement this week has been the hilarious memes, parody clips and visual gags in response. The political wit is based in very real outcomes for all of us in the entertainment industries. Whichever party is in power next year, if they don’t get the National Broadband Network roll out right, Australia will be doomed to the dark ages unable to innovate.

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Jumpstart Funding

Production Subsidy

Film and content makers looking for equipment or studio facilities can apply for the Metro Screen Jump Start production subsidy to help balance the production budget. Jump Start provides $45,000 worth of production subsidies over three application rounds, the next round is due 1 July.

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Writing Awards & Workshop

The Australian Writers Guild entries are now open for the 46th Annual AWGIE Awards. Cut off is 5pm Friday 3 May for Monte Miller categories and Friday 17 May for all other categories. Grab the entry form and guidelines from the AWG website. Bring your masterpieces to the Metro Screen Script Sessions starting June 22 places are limited book early.

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Film Producing starts 16 April

Make a practical start to producing a film at this certified part-time short course. Good producers are always in very high demand in the Australian film industry, it takes a special person to pull everything together. This course will give you the background you need from pitching, hiring crew, dealing with legal responsibilities right through to marketing and distribution. Carolyn Johnson who is an award winning producer will guide you through the process, answer your questions, make suggestions and give you notes and production templates to get your first project off the ground. Classes are limited to 15 people so you get the most out of your time with us.


Camera Essentials starts 20 April

In one day you can get a handle on basic camera operating and cinematography techniques. This is a practical hands-on course – in the first two hours you’ll have a Sony PMW EX1R professional camera in your hands and start shooting. In a small class of 12 people you will run through a series of exercises shooting and lighting scenes with an industry experienced Cinematographer guiding you through the tips and tricks of the trade. This is the perfect introduction for people interested in making screen content or developing a career as a paid camera operator.

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Editing in AVID starts 13 April  
Film Producing starts 16 April  
Camera Essentials starts 20 April  
Young Filmmakers Workshop starts 22 April
Directing Actors starts 4 May
Sound Design and Editing starts 12 May
+ Part Time Certificate IV in Screen & Media Studies

Film Producing


Dynacore V-Lock Battery Pack for $40 a day

For longer shoots add a V-Lock battery pack to your kit with a HDMI distributor and HD-SDI to HDMI converter for your Monitors or EVF. Designed for standard shoulder rigs, this V-mount battery pack comes with 4 V-Lock batteries and charger providing more power on the go for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and accessories like viewfinders and sound mixers. It also doubles as a convenient HDMI distributor and comes with a separate HD-SDI/HDMI converter.

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Dynacore V-Lock Battery Pack


Latest From The Forum

Submit To Forum

Submit your job, event, film festival entry opportunity, Give Away or News Item to the Forums anytime.

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Producer Wanted – Indie Feature

We are a young but hungry and passionate indie production company based in Sydney with a proven track record seeking a producing partner/s for a feature length comedy-drama currently in development. Creatively written within a micro budget framework, the film is an endearingly entertaining, character driven, coming-of-age indie with strong commercial potential. Think ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ meets ‘Sideways’.

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Storyology – Ideas Write Now!

We’re having an international storytelling festival in Sydney from 6th to 9th August. Storyology is a summit of creativity, a lively event for storytellers of all kinds: from journalists, authors, graphic novelists and screenwriters to producers, multimedia creatives and entrepreneurs. We want our delegates immersed in a positive and interactive experience and fired up about possibilities that lie ahead.

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Sydney Film Festival Reveals First Films for 2013

The 60th Sydney Film Festival has announced a preview selection of films in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday 8th May 2013.

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The Other Son Giveaway

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.  Two families divided by fate, but united by understanding. As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, a blood test proves Joseph is not his parents’ biological son.  An investigation reveals he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank, both having been born in Haifa during a missile attack in the Gulf War.

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Butter Giveaway

In Iowa, butter carving is as cut-throat as a Presidential election, plagued with scandal, greed, blackmail, and sex; except with butter! When long-reigning champion butter sculptor, Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), is forced to step down, his zealous wife, Laura (Jennifer Garner) enters the competition herself, to fight for their status as butter royalty.

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