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Summer School in Film making  

From Script to Screen

Documentary Film Making (2 Days)

Acting & Directing

Make a Mini Doco

Screenwriting 1 & 2: Features & Shorts

Cinematography Intensive

Low Budget Filmmaking

Session Times

Filmmaking Summer School Certificates

Venues

Maps

Concessions



 From Script to Screen - Jan 7 Jan 21, 2015

 

Principles of Script writing: Introduction to feature film writing: from developing ideas and storytelling concepts, premise, character, plot, conflict, theme, action and narrative, to pacing and the three act structure. Funding, contracts & the writer's relationship to the producer, director & script editor. Conducted by Mac Gudgeon (Award-winning Screenwriter/Script Editor Waterfront, Ground Zero, Halifax f.p., Good Guys, Bad Guys, Dogwoman:A Grrrl's Best Friend, The Delinqents, Last Ride, Kiling Time, Fatal Honeymoon, The Delinquents). Wednesday 7 Jan

Directing Actors: The director/actor relationship, casting, rehearsing, acting styles, blocking and performance. Exploring specific tools and techniques used by actors and directors and designed to gain experiential insight into the actor's and director's craft. Participants will act & direct short scenes and have a great time discovering how to bring a script to life. Conducted by David Swann (Actor, Director Round the Twist, Crackers, Skithouse, The Sounds of Aus). Thursday 8 Jan

Directing the Film- Masterclass with Nadia Tass, Day 1: An intensive workshop where Nadia Tass will explain the creative role of the director in all aspects of the production, including working with department heads, how the director has a vision, and maintains that vision, for the whole project. Conducted by Nadia Tass (Director Malcolm, The Big Steal, Stark, Mr Reliable, Amy, The Miracle Worker, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, Samantha:The American Girl, Matching Jack, Fatal Honeymoon). Friday 9 Jan

Directing the Film- Masterclass with Nadia Tass, Day 2: How a director interprets and breaks down a script, how characters are developed, and how and why creative directing choices are made. Nadia will also demonstate how she manages casting, rehearsal techniques, screen performances and how she works with actors from diverse backgrounds to elicit memorable performances. Conducted by Nadia Tass (Director Malcolm, The Big Steal, Stark, Mr Reliable, Amy, The Miracle Worker, Samantha:The American Girl, Matching Jack, Fatal Honeymoon).Saturday 10 Jan

Cinematography Intensive -4 Fabulous Days - Monday 12 Jan to Thursday 15 Jan

Day 1.Cinematography Essentials: How to tell a story with the camera. What does a Director of Photography do? We look at cinematography essentials such as designing a "look" and ‘feel” for your story, composition, framing, continuity, crossing the line, choreography, scene coverage and explore creative choices of lighting, lenses and camera placement. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Monday 12 Jan

Day 2. Cameras and Lighting: Learn practical lighting set-ups on location using state-of-the-art Lemac High Definition digital cameras and learn how to achieve the best possible "look" for the least amount of money. This practical day includes crewing roles and responsibilities, covering and blocking scenes and working with actors and the electrics team. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks), David and Chris Parkinson (Gaffers The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley, Blue Murder, On the Beach, Infini, The Recorder) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Tuesday 13 Jan

Day 3. Perfecting the Shot: Camera operation and movement using tracks and dollies and working with a GRIP to get the best shot. We'll work through more complexities on set with a full camera, gripping and lighting crew, boom operator, clapper loader, director and actors. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks), David and Chris Parkinson (Gaffers The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley, Blue Murder, On the Beach, Infini, The Recorder), Dean Garro and Tony Hall (Grips The Extra, Ghost Rider) & Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Wednesday 14 Jan

Day 4. Visualising and Shooting the Script: We will examine specific scenes in scripts and films to work out what makes a good shot and why. We’ll learn more of how to interpret the script in visual terms and how cinematography conveys meaning and enhances story. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Thursday 15 Jan

The Art of Editing: Ways of telling the story, principles of montage, shot and narrative flow and tricks of the trade. Editing styles & techniques, juxtaposition of images, cutting to music, editing shorts, features and documentaries; working with directors and post production paths. Basics of editing using Final Cut Pro software. Conducted by Rob Murphy (Editor Secret Fear, Bowling for Gold, The Real Thing). Friday 16 Jan

Sound Design: Morning: Explore the vital role sound plays in creating believable worlds on the screen through music, sound effects, foley, backgrounds and the production track; collaboration between the sound editor and the director, picture editor and mixer. Which microphone to use for what? Conducted by Craig Carter (Sound Designer, Editor, Mixer The Russia House, Romeo & Juliet, Head On, Rabbit Proof Fence (AFI award), Kenny, Rogue, Home Song Stories, Lake Mungo, Matching Jack, Cut Snake). Monday 19 Jan

Music for Film (and Television):
Afternoon:
Learn how music functions in film; the relation of sound to images. Composing film scores, setting the scene & finding the right mood. Underscoring & highlighting emotion to serve the story. Working with the director and sound designer. Conducted by Cezary Skubiszewski (Composer Lillian's Story, The Sound of One Hand Clapping,Two Hands -winner, APRA award, La Spagnola, Bootmen-winner AFI awards, Black & White, The Rage of Placid Lake, After the Deluge, The Book of Revelation, Death Defying Acts, Night, Blessed, Bran Nue Dae, Red Dog, The Sapphires, The Broken Shore, Women He's Undressed). Monday 19 Jan

Production Design: Morning, 1st session: The art of visual design, illusion & creating special worlds. Set design & construction, locations, props, enhancing dramatic mood, achieving a cohesive look for your production. Art department roles on & off set. Conducted by Carrie Kennedy (Production Designer The Castle, The Dish, Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Offspring, Never Tear Us Apart - The Untold Story of INXS, Oddball). Tuesday 20 Jan

Visual Effects and Digital Augmentation:
Morning, second session and Afternoon sessions:
How to use computer generated visual effects to enhance production design and the story; adding the improbable and the spectacular, evoking believable visual worlds.
How to approach VFX from preproduction to postproduction:what is required to 'sell' the shot. Principles of 2D and 3D animation. Compositing images together. Software and hardware tools. Recent technological advances and case studies. Scott Zero's Chroma is a Melbourne-based effects house that specialises in advanced augmentation, compositing and CG integration of live action footage, with over 15 years experience producing digital visual effects for the Australian film and television industry. Scott will discuss the changing role of VFX in everyday production, focusing on the use of digital augmentation to transform production design, storytelling and production value while reducing cost and complexity.
Whether you are looking at writing, producing, directing or production design, these powerful new tools will change the way your approach your next production. Conducted by Scott Zero (Visual Effects Designer, Supervisor, Rush, Cloudstreet, Offspring, Tangle, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, John Doe, Underbelly, Conspiracy365, Howzat, Mystery of a Hansom Cab. The Dr. Blake mysteries, Dangerous Remedy, Underbelly:Badness, The Great Mint Swindlet, Better Man).
Tuesday 20 Jan

Screenwriting 2. How Stories Work: Once you’ve got the principles of screenwriting under your belt, (and if you've done other parts of the course and understand how production and sound design, cinematography, visual effects, music and editing help tell your story), it’s time to dive in and start devising your own stories. But even experienced writers are constantly surprised by how difficult this task can be. Stories don’t fall fully formed from the heavens, they have to be built. This one day course will give you a practical series of tools and help you learn the nuts and bolts of how stories work. The skills you learn here will apply to writing short films, features, television and web series. Even if you don’t see yourself as a screenwriter, this course will give you an insight into the process that will enhance your viewing. It would also be an excellent introduction to the process for producers, directors, cinematographers and other crew members who want a greater understanding of story. Conducted by Chris Corbett (Scriptwriter Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Secret Life of Us, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Stingers, All Saints. Chris has written a number of short films including Fences and The Applicant - both of which were Tropfest finalists. He also wrote the web series Tinytown). Wednesday 21 Jan

Low Budget/No Budget: Filmmaking: You’ve written your great film script, you have an idea for a doco and want to get started on it, your friends need a music clip, you want to make an award-winning short for a film festival such as Tropfest, or someone needs a corporate video for their business website? This 2 day course is for low budget filmmakers, media teachers and students wanting to improve production values in their films and is aimed at “one man band” or small crews with little or no budget. You’ll learn how to move your camera using a wally dolly, steadicams such as the Merlin and the Boombandit (which will be available to buy at the course for $250). Learn how to light expertly using a basic LED kit, improve sound by using an external audio recorder like the Zoom H4n. Using iPhones, GoPro’s and DSLR’s this hands-on, practical course will also introduce you to inexpensive, professional Final Cut Pro X editing.There will be a Canon 5D Mark III available to shoot with at the course, but participants are encouraged to bring and use their own iPhones, Android (phone) cameras or DSLR’s (and tripod if you have one) to experiment with the equipment demonstrated at the course. You will also get the latest information on high quality, low budget cameras, LED lights and small Steadicams. By the end of the weekend participants should be able to go out and shoot their own stories and make much better films with higher production values. Conducted by Con Filippidis Cinematographer (25th Reich, Hostage to Fate, Desire) and Marcus McLeod (GRIP and Boombandit Inventor). Thursday Jan 22 & Friday Jan 23

Documentary Film making - Researching, Writing, Producing & Directing: Documentaries tell stories about the world around us but do they capture the truth or alter it according to who is telling the story? Learn how to research and develop ideas, storytelling techniques, how to structure your ideas and how to interview and work with non-actors. What impact does digital technology have on how documentaries are made and seen. Learn how to script, pitch and fund your documentary and get your work onto the screen and into festivals. Learn which networks buy what and find out the new trends in documentary filmmaking. We will also cover Producing and Production Management. Conducted by Sarah Barton, Writer/Director (Untold Desires, Secret Fear, Wing and A Prayer, More Than Horseplay) and Veronica Sive, Producer/Production Manager (The Tipping Points, Unleash the Best, Outback Opera, Make it Real). Tuesday 27 Jan & Wednesday 28 Jan.

Screen Studies Seminar: A special lunchtime presentation by Screen Studies. Date to be announced.

COURSE FEES:

12 days: $1800 Full / $1750 Concession (7 Jan to 21 Jan, 2015) includes All Script to Screen days,including Nadia Tass's Director's Masterclasess and Cinematography Intensive but not Documentary)

Most Daily Sessions: $135 Full / $125 Concession, except all Camera & Lighting Days (All $180) and Nadia Tass Masterclass Days $165 Full / $155 Concession

Low Budget/No Budget Filmmaking: 2 days $365 Full, $355 Concession

Documentary Filmmaking: 2 days $295 Full / $275 Concession

*You can choose the days you wish to enrol in (just add up the days separately). Back


 Documentary Film Making (2 Days) Jan 27 & 28, 2015


Documentary Film making - Researching, Writing, Producing & Directing: Documentaries tell stories about the world around us but do they capture the truth or alter it according to who is telling the story? Learn how to research and develop ideas, storytelling techniques, how to structure your ideas and how to interview and work with non-actors. What impact does digital technology have on how documentaries are made and seen. Learn how to script, pitch and fund your documentary and get your work onto the screen and into festivals. Learn which networks buy what and find out the new trends in documentary filmmaking. (Documentary editing is covered in Principles of Editing in Script to Screen course but will be revised). We will also cover Producing and Production Management on day 2 of the Documentary course. Conducted by Sarah Barton, Writer/Director (Untold Desires, Secret Fear, Wing and A Prayer, More Than Horseplay) and Veronica Sive, Producer/Production Manager (The Tipping Points, Unleash the Best, Outback Opera, Make it Real). Tuesday 27 Jan & Wednesday 28



COURSE FEES:
2 days $295 Full / $275 Concession
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 Acting & Directing - Jan 8 to 10, 2015


Directing Actors: The director/actor relationship, casting, rehearsing, acting styles, blocking and performance. Exploring specific tools and techniques used by actors and directors and designed to gain experiential insight into the actor's and director's craft. Participants will act & direct short scenes and have a great time discovering how to bring a script to life. Conducted by David Swann (Actor, Director Round the Twist, Crackers, Skithouse, The Sounds of Aus). Thursday 8 Jan

Directing the Film- Masterclass with Nadia Tass, Day 1: An intensive workshop and inroduction to filmmaking where Nadia Tass will explain the creative role of the director in all aspects of the production, including working with department heads, how the director has a vision, and maintains that vision, for the whole project. Conducted by Nadia Tass (Director Malcolm, The Big Steal, Stark, Mr Reliable, Amy, The Miracle Worker, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, Samantha:The American Girl, Matching Jack, Fatal Honeymoon). Friday 9 Jan

Directing the Film- Masterclass with Nadia Tass, Day 2: How a director interprets and breaks down a script, how characters are developed, and how and why creative directing choices are made. Nadia will also demonstate how she manages casting, rehearsal techniques, screen performances and how she works with actors from diverse backgrounds to elicit memorable performances. Conducted by Nadia Tass (Director Malcolm, The Big Steal, Stark, Mr Reliable, Amy, The Miracle Worker, Samantha:The American Girl, Matching Jack, Fatal Honeymoon).Saturday 10 Jan

COURSE FEES:
$165F per day$155C Nadia Tass Masterclass, $135F/$125C Directing Actors



 Make a Mini Doco - Not Available in 2015

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 Screenwriting 1 & 2 -Wednesday Jan 7 and Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

 

Principles of Script writing: Introduction to feature film writing: from developing ideas and storytelling concepts, premise, character, plot, conflict, theme, action and narrative, to pacing and the three act structure. Funding, contracts & the writer's relationship to the producer, director & script editor. Conducted by Mac Gudgeon (Award-winning Screenwriter/Script Editor Waterfront, Ground Zero, Halifax f.p., Good Guys, Bad Guys, Dogwoman:A Grrrl's Best Friend, The Delinqents, Last Ride, Kiling Time, Fatal Honeymoon, The Delinquents). Wednesday 7 Jan

Screenwriting 2. How Stories Work: Once you’ve got the principles of screenwriting under your belt, (and if you've done other parts of the course and understand how production and sound design, cinematography, visual effects, music and editing help tell your story), it’s time to dive in and start devising your own stories. But even experienced writers are constantly surprised by how difficult this task can be. Stories don’t fall fully formed from the heavens, they have to be built. This day will give you a practical series of tools and help you learn the nuts and bolts of how stories work. The skills you learn here will apply to writing short films, features, television and web series. Even if you don’t see yourself as a screenwriter, this course will give you an insight into the process that will enhance your viewing. It would also be an excellent introduction to the process for producers, directors, cinematographers and other crew members who want a greater understanding of story. Conducted by Chris Corbett (Scriptwriter Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Secret Life of Us, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Stingers, All Saints. Chris has written a number of short films including Fences and The Applicant - both of which were Tropfest finalists. He also wrote the web series Tinytown). Wednesday 21 Jan


COURSE FEES:
Per day : $135 Full / $125 Concession

You might also like to come to the Cinematography Day 1, The Art of Editing, Production and Sound Design and Music for Film for a greater, broader understanding how these elements contribute to the script. Back



 Cinematography Intensive: Monday 12 to Thursday 15 Jan, 2015

 

Cinematography Intensive -4 Fabulous Days - Monday 12 Jan to Thursday 15 Jan

Day 1.Cinematography Essentials: How to tell a story with the camera. What does a Director of Photography do? We look at cinematography essentials such as designing a "look" and ‘feel” for your story, composition, framing, continuity, crossing the line, choreography, scene coverage and explore creative choices of lighting, lenses and camera placement. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Monday 12 Jan

Day 2. Cameras and Lighting: Learn practical lighting set-ups on location using state-of-the-art Lemac High Definition digital cameras and learn how to achieve the best possible "look" for the least amount of money. This practical day includes crewing roles and responsibilities, covering and blocking scenes and working with actors and the electrics team. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks), David and Chris Parkinson (Gaffers The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley, Blue Murder, On the Beach, Infini, The Recorder) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Tuesday 13 Jan

Day 3. Perfecting the Shot: Camera operation and movement using tracks and dollies and working with a GRIP to get the best shot. We'll work through more complexities on set with a full camera, gripping and lighting crew, boom operator, clapper loader, director and actors. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks), David and Chris Parkinson (Gaffers The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley, Blue Murder, On the Beach, Infini, The Recorder), Dean Garro and Tony Hall (Grips The Extra, Ghost Rider) & Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Wednesday 14 Jan

Day 4. Visualising and Shooting the Script: We will examine specific scenes in scripts and films to work out what makes a good shot and why. We’ll learn more of how to interpret the script in visual terms and how cinematography conveys meaning and enhances story. Conducted by John Brawley (Award winning DOP Lake Mungo, The Turning, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Party Tricks) and Con Filippidis (Cinematographer The 25th Reich). Thursday 15 Jan



COURSE FEES:
$180 per day F and C

The Cinematography days use state-of-the-art professional equipment and are taught by a full camera, lighting and grip crew on location at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne.
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 Low Budget - High Production Value Filmmaking - Thurs 22 & Friday 23 Jan 2015


You’ve written your great film script, you have an idea for a doco and want to get started on it, your friends need a music clip, you want to make an award-winning short for a film festival such as Tropfest, or someone needs a corporate video for their business website? This 2 day course is for low budget filmmakers, media teachers and students wanting to improve production values in their films and is aimed at “one man band” or small crews with little or no budget. You’ll learn how to move your camera using a wally dolly, steadicams such as the Merlin and the Boombandit (which will be available to buy at the course for $250).

Learn how to light expertly using a basic LED kit, improve sound by using an external audio recorder like the Zoom H4n. Using iPhones, GoPro’s and DSLR’s this hands-on, practical course will also introduce you to inexpensive, professional Final Cut Pro X editing.

There will be a Canon 5D Mark III available to shoot with at the course, but participants are encouraged to bring and use their own iPhones, Android (phone) cameras or DSLR’s (and tripod if you have one) to experiment with the equipment demonstrated at the course.

You will also get the latest information on high quality, low budget cameras, LED lights and small Steadicams. By the end of the weekend participants should be able to go out and shoot their own stories and make much better films with higher production values. Conducted by Con Filippidis Cinematographer (25th Reich, Hostage to Fate, Desire) and Marcus McLeod (GRIP and Boombandit Inventor). Thursday Jan 22 & Friday Jan 23

Participants are advised to book early to secure a place in this popular, innovative course which booked out quickly last year.



*This course designed for low budget/no budget filmmakers wanting to make professional looking films on affordable equipment.

COURSE FEE:
$365 Full, $355 Concession.
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 Session Times


Script to Screen & 2 day Documentary: 9.30am to 5.30pm unless stated otherwise.

Screenwriting -Features & Shorts: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Cinematography Intensive: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Low Budget Filmmaking: 9.30am to 5.30pm.
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 Filmmaking Summer School Certificates

Certificates will be awarded to 10 or more days of Script to Screen course. Back



 Venues

The 2015 Filmmaking Summer School will be held at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria
Detailed venues at Trinity College will be supplied with enrolment.
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 Maps

Maps & details of the venue will be supplied with enrolment.

Click here to download detailed maps and location of Trinity College ( PDF )
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 Concessions

*Concessions are only available to Australian residents.
*Overseas participants, please add $35 (Aust) to total for international transfer of monies. All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars and include GST.
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The Filmmaking Summer School is held at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne,
and is part of the Public Engagement Program, Screen Studies, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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