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7 February

Metro Screen

Digi Quick Pitch


It’s time to leave the house and get in the same room as like-minded creative people. February is jam-packed with events for the digitally inclined, music video makers, musicians, Interactive Designers, Queer filmmakers and people who don’t know where to start. Word-Of-Mouth is still BOSS for getting people to know about your project. Collaborations and industry networks are more important than ever to cut through the clutter and get noticed.

Here are 5 events you don’t want to miss.

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Featured Items

Wayne Blair At The AACTAs

Wayne Blair sweeps AACTA Awards

Wayne Blair, who started his career at Metro Screen, has won 11 of the 12 Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts awards for his feature film The Sapphires. “Juggling stage-acting gigs, he found time to take special classes, one at NYU and the other designed for emerging indigenous filmmakers at Sydney’s Metro Screen” Variety Magazine.


Metro Screen at Tropfest & TropJr

Three Metro Screen films are finalists this year; Pretty Normal Activity made in the Young Filmmakers workshop at Trop Jr. Screening at Tropfest are Scene 16 funded through the Breaks program and CA$H COW – a 63% true story, crewed by graduates and produced by Rachel Fiddes, the Metro Screen Learning and Development Manager.  We’ll be cheering for you!

Digital Kitchen

Funding Deadline This Week

Funding applications are due this week for Digital Kitchen and the Breaks: Story to Screen programs. The funding programs cover story-based drama, documentary and experimental media right through to commercial digital projects such as games, interactive mobile content and apps.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Rock Paper Shotgun

Games! Where to start amiright? Rock Paper Shotgun is an incredible resource for people who don’t have the time to play everything but want to know what’s going on out there in the wide world of games. Check out Art Game while you’re there.

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Camera and Lighting Techniques 23 February

Delve into the role of a cinematographer with a number of practical exercises covering studio shoots, location lighting, scene coverage, framing and camera movement. Complete this accredited course and walk away with comprehensive knowledge of camera functionality, advanced lighting techniques and special effects. Discover the style that is right for your production.

Craft of Directing 5 March

This course focuses on the visual aspects of directing drama, exploring script, interpretation, visualisation, shot choices, pacing, and point-of-view. Discover how camera angles, aspect ratio, shot sequence and staging all effect the power of a story. In-class analysis of a wide range of scripts and films will teach you how to use the language of film to tell a powerful story. Learn how to think visually and enrich your mise-en-scène.


Certificate IV in Screen and Media 11 February
Final Cut Pro 7 Intermediate 5 March
Fundamentals of VFX 3 April
Multiplatform Filmmaking 8 April
Film Producing 16 April
Directing Actors 4 May
Sound Design and Editing 12 May
+ Part-Time Certificate IV in Screen & Media Studies

Camera and Lighting Techniques


New Edirol Sound Recorder

We have just received the Roland R-44 an awesome 4-channel field recorder to capture broadcast quality sound on any size production. The Edirol R-44 is designed for professional use in a very conveniently sized mobile package. Capture up to 4 channels of uncompressed audio with selectable bit depths (16-bit or 24-bit) and sampling frequencies (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz). From $75/day. Watch this handy tutorial video to find out more about the capabilities and learn field recording tips.

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Edirol Sound Recorder


Latest From The Forum

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Submit your job, event, film festival entry opportunity, giveaway or news item to the Forum any time.

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Producer Wanted for Feature Film

Young Sydney based indie production company seeks Producer and/or Executive Producer to partner with for low budget feature-length romantic comedy, currently in development. The film is essentially a character driven, coming of age comedy-drama in the vein of `Sideways` and `Little Miss Sunshine`.

More info >    All Jobs >


Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Submission of Australian short fiction films (either animation or live action, less than 40 minutes in length) requires filmmakers to complete an online submission form & payment and send four copies of their film to the Sydney Film Festival office in Sydney.

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Astra 2013 Conference

Under the banner Enhanced Entertainment, the day-long 2013 ASTRA Conference program will share opinions from leaders across the industry, allow for discussion and debate through a combination of panel discussions and break-out sessions and provide networking opportunities at the Women in TV Breakfast, lunch and the closing cocktail function.

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In Production

Kurt Oldman Composing For Kill Switch

Swiss born composer Kurt Oldman is now on board as composer for Kill Switch [formerly titled The Decree], which is currently in post production in LA. Recently nominated for Best Score for his work on Stained at the Action On Film International Film Festival, Kurt is quickly becoming one of the most sought after composers in the industry. Kill Switch tells the story of an injured ex-bomb disposal technician who laments over the path his life has taken after his return to society.

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This Dog’s Life at Wow Festival 2013

This Dog’s Life was written and directed by Jo-Anne Brechin, a Metro Screen Certificate IV in Screen and Media Graduate. The film was produced as part of Metro Screen’s First Break 2011 funding initiative and also won the Young Filmmaker of the Year Award at the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

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Tales from The Darkside – Season 1 Giveaway

The dark, scary and uniquely terrifying popular horror anthology series is back. Packed with haunting stories that at first appear to be about normal situations, these tales are gradually twisted until they become something sinister, shocking and totally unsettling.

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