tooling up for film career

filmmaking summer school 2011

NOW IN ITS 17TH YEAR, THE FILMMAKING SUMMER SCHOOL IS PART OF THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM OF SCREEN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, OFFERING INTENSIVE TEACHING IN ALL ASPECTS OF PRACTICAL FILM PRODUCTION. IT’S THE IDEAL TIME OF YEAR TO ACQUIRE SKILLS BUT ALSO GET A PERSPECTIVE ON AN INDUSTRY THAT LOOKS LIKE IT’S FINALLY GETTING ON ITS FEET AFTER SOME HARD YEARS. YOU CAN EVEN LEARN HOW TO ROLL WITH THE BLOWS DELIVERED BY CRITICS.

The teachers are leading Australian film industry practitioners. For the 2011 school they include screenwriter Mac Gudgeon (Good Guys, Bad Guys, Last Ride), composer Cezary Skubiszewski (Two Hands, Bootmen, Bran Nue Dae, Blessed), sound designer Craig Carter (Romeo & Juliet, Babe, Rabbit Proof Fence, Kenny, Home Song Stories), director Nadia Tass and cinematographer David Parker (Malcolm, The Big Steal, Amy, Matching Jack), producer Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Hunt Angels), production designer Jo Ford (My Brother Jack, Road From Coorain, Kidnapped, Last Ride) and a host of others.

Areas taught cover screenwriting, cinematography, producing and production management, directing actors, production and sound design, editing, digital effects, film music, screen language, film business and legalities, marketing and distribution and documentary filmmaking.

There will be lectures on genre films and Wendy Haslem will interview critic and film festival director Paul Harris in a session titled “The Critics and your Film.”

Courses included “From Script to Screen”, “Cinematography Intensive” taught by Ellery Ryan (Angel Baby, Dead Letter Office, Van Diemen’s Land, I Love You Too) and “Digital Cinematography” with the latest in HD technology to hand. And you can live-in at the university if you wish. RT

Filmmaking Summer School 2011, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Jan 5-25, summerfilmschool@me.com; http://www.summerfilmschool.com

RealTime issue #99 Oct-Nov 2010 pg. 27

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12 October 2010