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31 January

Metro Screen

The revolution's here…

(in the form of blue jeans filled with dirt)

By Alicia Brown, San Francisco

Brisvegas circa 1974 has always appealed to me. The idea of being a properly disaffected youth as The Saints partied and performed in a suburban house, making proper punk rock history, is incredibly enticing. There were no thirty something Malcolm McLarens or Vivienne Westwoods orchestrating the ‘revolution’ like the London scene, just a wave of pure anti Bjelke-Peterson rage coming from a makeshift stage.

I love the thought of living in Brisbane 40 years ago because I’ve always wanted to be part of a movement. Right in the middle of where it was happening, rather than reading about it, or looking back with an inherited nostalgia, understanding the context, being able to analyse every angle and see why things evolved the way they did. I wanted to be smack-bang in the middle, not quite sure where it was headed, not knowing, but hoping, that it would have any lasting impact on the world…only being certain that it was important right now, and fun, and spontaneous and dangerous and risky – cause that kind of passion, uninhibited compulsion, is where all the good, nay great, stuff comes from, right?

And happily, here in San Francisco working with Ted Hope at the San Francisco Film Society I think I’m in the midst of one – a sweeping (silicon valley) tech fuelled creative burst to save ambitious independent film.

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Featured Items


Connect Events in February

Stacks of events for digital content and filmmakers are coming up in February. Don’t miss the SIGGRAPH artist marketing session Wednesday 6th, our Open House information night Thursday 13th and our digital networking and music video events at the Cake Wines Tropfest Bar on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th.

iMotion HD

Animation on your phone

OMG this app is too much fun! Download iMotion HD on your ‘i’ device and you’ll be as obsessed with making little animations as we are. You can set it to shoot automatically or take the reins and manually fire it off to capture each frame just the way you’d like it. The best part is it’s FREE! Send us your creations and we’ll get a movie ticket to you and feature the best on our Metro Screen blog.

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Funding Deadlines

Funding Deadlines

Funding applications are due next week for Digital Kitchen and the Breaks: Story to Screen programs. These funding opportunities cover everything from 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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Video for Twitter

Vine is the latest platform / app buzzing around the internets. The short story is that the app is 'video for twitter'. Six-second loops continuously streaming. Time will tell if this is inane or if people will become addicted to moving images over static instagram style framed photos (with vintage filters). We’re all directors now!

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Final Cut Pro 7 Fundamentals 9 February

Learn editing techniques using Final Cut Pro 7 from basic set-up, capturing video and audio right through to editing and cutting techniques, audio editing, finishing and exporting video. This part-time short course is taught by our Apple Certified trainers covering the Apple Final Cut Pro 101 training syllabus. Limited places, so book early.

Introduction to TV Producing 11 February

Essential for anyone wanting to work in TV, this course focuses on the role of the TV Producer in a range of genres including documentary, reality and live television. It covers everything from research and development to funding, production stages, pitching, casting, trends and contrasts between major and community networks. This is a role that is often in demand on set.


Certificate IV in Screen and Media 11 February
Introduction to Screenwriting 6 February
Camera and Lighting Techniques 23 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


The Making Of A New Look

Creative talent is just oozing out of Metro Screen at the moment. The new LOOK we are launching today reflects how creators from all disciplines are coming together to make great content for our various screens. The beautiful illustrations featured on the Metro Screen website are by Mahani Del Borrello who publishes the stunning blog picturette. In this making-of mini doco Mahani’s sketches are married with the gorgeous sounds of Kikuyu, featuring the single Summer Helicopter available on Bandcamp. Keep track of Kikuyu releases and dates here. This piece is directed by Damien Dunstan and produced by Tiani Chillemi at Metro Screen, hope you enjoy (and share).

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Jain Moralee


Latest From The Forum

Submit To Forum

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

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VFX Artist Required for Action/Horror Feature

We require the services of a VFX artist for an action horror feature film: Hidden Peaks.
Roles to be filled are:
-Digital Matte Painter
-3D modeller
-VFX artist all rounder
The position is deferred payment. The project and role can be discussed further.

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Call for entries now open. Enter @asffest today! Be screened in York and share your short film with a British and international audience. Films of all genres accepted. ASFF 2013 allows for both budding and established filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. Over 200 films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of York from 7-10 November 2013.

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Anish Kapoor Film Program

Presented to accompany the exhibition of works by Anish Kapoor, this selection of documentaries extend on the works in the exhibition, giving a behind-the-scenes look and a greater understanding of the depth of the artist’s practice.

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The Possession Giveaway

Based on a true story, The Possession is the story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale.

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Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters in 3D on 7th February, Paramount Pictures are giving you the chance to win 5 x double passes. After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel [Jeremy Renner] and Gretel [Gemma Arterton] have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution.

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Werner Herzog Documentary Collection Giveaway

This special collection brings together four stunning films from legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog: ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, THE WHITE DIAMOND, LA SOUFRI RE, THE FLYING DOCTORS OF EAST AFRICA. Featuring previously unseen breathtaking scenery and wildlife, these films span the globe from desert to jungle to tropical to frozen. They detail the rich tapestry of life on our planet and how we interact with it.

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