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Atom Screen Futures Summit came to a close on 12 July 2011.

Film Networking Industry (Australia) – FNI(A) Founding President NORA PRESTON attended the first 2 days of the ATOM Screen Futures Summit, in Melbourne.

The disappointing part was that everything was on at the same time at 3 different venues, so you could not take advantage of being able to go to everything.

The workshops I attended were all outstanding.

First we registered ourselves, that commenced at 8am on Saturday morning 9/7/11, when we were handed packs/back packs advertising ATOM Screen Futures Summit, that were filled with magazines, programs, etc.

We were then ushered into a conference room and listened to Professor David Buckingham who flew in from the UK, Institute of Education, University of London, speak about Teaching the creative class, New Media, education and the creative industries in changing times, that was followed by a morning tea break when we were served up warm sweet and savoury scones/muffins.

RMIT University panel then spoke about their curriculum crossroads, teaching post industrial media, and then took a lunch break.

I briefly dropped in on Mobile and Web apps, run by Brian Chau, and then joined the cinematography workshop.

Photo of Cinematographer Peter De Vries – award winner ‘4 (Four)’ Documentary, with other selected credits, On Tour with the Queen, Inside Nature’s Giants, Australian Families of Crime, The Elders, Crime Investigation Australia, Blank Canvas, Rat, Darwin’s Lost Paradise, Atlas – Australia Revealed, Natural Wonders – The Great Barrier Reef, Big Bugs, Phillip Glass – a Portrait in Twelve Parts, Ghosts of the Abyss 3D, 3D Halloween, The Great Wall of Iron.

Peter spoke about camera controls, which included Canon 502 and Sony PMW F3; lens choices, – wide aperture lenses, zooms, telephoto; and shooting video – the constraints of the camera design.

Photos taken by NORA PRESTON.

Photo of Colin Schumacher who worked in Australian television that included Sons and Daughters,
A Country Practice, and Film Australia’s screen treatment of Norm and Ahmed, and writing for Disney Playhouse.

Colin has directed over 80 theatre productions from Shakespeare to rock and classic opera for the Griffin, Ensemble, Riverina, U25, Theatre South, Young Vic (London), Salle Malesherbes (Paris), La Boite, The Queensland Theatre Company, Jute, and Nouveau Teatro Compagnie, Somprasong Foundation and Patravadi Theatre Company (Thailand), etc.

Colin is Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University, where he was Senior Lecturer in Writing and Directing for TV, who currently writes courseware for TV productions. Colin has taught Writing and Directing for television production houses. His textbook Making Meaning OnScreen – A Student Handbook was published in 2007, with the second edition planned for 2011.

Colin’s workshop was about (in brief) creating the seamless screen story – advanced techniques in screen production and screen literacy.

Brett Lamb ran the next workshop ‘Big Damn Heroes’. Brett is a teacher at East Doncaster Secondary College, who co-authored Heinemann Media, and maintains the media education website www.lessonbucket.com. Brett spoke about exploring heroes and villains across a range of texts including Welcome to the Jungle, Hot Fuzz, Doctor Who, Con Air, The Rock, and The Dark Knight. He examined how camera techniques, acting, mise-en-scene and visual composition, editing, lighting, and sound contribute to the representation of these characters in filmic narratives.

Those of us that attended the above workshops, missed out on afternoon tea, for those of us that walked back to the Harvesting Digital workshop.

Engaging Digital Learners/Harvesting Digital technologies to engage digital learners, by Deborah Cohen, was the next workshop I attended. Deborah manages the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s education unit which involves the development of teaching and learning resources for online and DVD-ROM delivery, the ACTF’s online Learning Centre, etc. Deborah’s workshop highlighted the development and application of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s digital education resources that encouraged discussion on how educators can adopt interactive strategies to heighten learning outcomes.

The day ended with Mediations Book Launch that commenced at 6.15pm. The book Mediations: Working Papers on Media and Practice, gathers together a variety of papers which represent the sweep of interests and practices of the Media Program team at RMIT University. The staff are diverse researchers and media makers, engaged with a wide variety of media and mediums, and interested in making connections between media practices. Drinks and very filling hot and cold snacks were served. We didn’t need any dinner afterwards.

Sunday 10/7/11 – The following 2 workshops were Festivals and Distribution/Case-studies in transmedia content creation and distribution into the educational sector, run by Catherine Gough-Brady from Snodger Media and Richard Leigh from Campfire. Catherine and Richard each provided their case study on how they have been pushing the boundaries of the creation and distribution of material designed for use in the educational sector.

This was followed by Hana Lo Bianco’s workshop, The role of film in language education, which investigated her research into the role of film in foreign language education.

Pictured below, Dr Colin Perry, the course leader of the Bachelor of Screen Production at Holmesglen Institute in Victoria, who has also worked as a director, editor and producer for television commercials and cable television programs.

Colin’s workshop Facebook Documentary/New Media formats of documentary and their implications for practice, showed examples drawn from existing new media and social media video content to illustrate the potential for conceiving of documentary as a more flexible theoretical construct. Possible directions for future documentaries using online technologies were considered.

Dr Colin Perry.

After lunch the workshop Participatory Journalism/The promise and practice of participatory journalism, was run by Alfred Hermida, who flew in from Canada. Alfred is currently assistant professor of integrated journalism at the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, who was part of the team that launched the award winning BBCNews.com website in 1997. Alfred spoke about how journalism around the world has become a more open process, how newsroom culture has changed, and how journalists’ perceptions have changed along with it.

This workshop went for a couple of hours until it was time for afternoon tea, when a delicious spread of savoury and sweet food was served up for us.

After afternoon tea, the workshop Public Broadcast Digital/When public broadcasters go digital – Canada and Australia compared, that was run by CBC’s Rachel Nixon from Canada, and Jonathan Green, editor of the ABC site The Drum.

Since my time was running out, I left this workshop and attended Bo Bo Doll – Influence/The Bo Bo Doll is dead, long live the bo bo doll; a media educator’s observation of the media influence debate, presented by Melinda Roberts, who has been teaching for 15 years in the Media in Victoria, and is currently Faculty Head of The Arts at Xavier College.

A couple of us were ignorant as to what a bo bo doll is, and were intrigued to find out what this workshop was about.

Yes, as embarrassing as it was to ask this question, I was informed at this workshop, that a bo bo doll is an inflatable doll, that was used in research with children, to see whether or not the children became violent, after watching a violent film.

The debate continues on whether or not films influence people. I voiced my opinion and agreed that films do influence children and adults, and that we need to be more careful on what we allow to be screened.

Filmmakers need to take this fact into consideration, before embarking on making violent films using offensive language, and including drugs, smoking, alcohol, attempting to glorify these products, violence, and language.

I ran out of time and had to leave before the others got their questions in, running back to the hotel, already late, with the car waiting to take me to the airport, to fly back to Canberra.

ScreenACT Networking Seminar 14/7/11

Film Networking Industry (Australia)-FNI(A) Founding President NORA PRESTON attended ScreenACT Networking Seminar on 14/7/11, presented by Schmooze.

This workshop was showing the attendees how to network, using various groups, online such as facebook, etc.

Screen Australia Presentation

Friday 22/7/11, 2-3.30pm, in the ScreenACT Training Room, 215 Northbourne Ave, Braddon.

Screen Australia will be holding a FREE presentation about their grant and investment programs that will cover Producer Offset, Documentary, Development and Production Funding available through ScreenAustralia.

Bookings essential through info@screenact.com.au

Movie for Thursday 21 June – ROUTE IRISH, Arc, 7pm

Thursday July 21, we go to see ROUTE IRISH at Arc Cinema (National Film and Sound Archive) at 7pm. Information about the movie can be found at http://www.nfsa.com.au/arc

After the movie, we will meet in the main foyer (note that most of us usually stay for the credits of the movie, so please be patient). We will then go for coffee and chat if people so wish.

If you are a new member (or haven’t been for a while and forget what we look like), please reply email, movie_group@yahoo.com.au and we will arrange to meet up either before the movie or immediately after.

Hope to see you at the movies!

Travis Cragg


Have You Got Talent Day notification – please distribute to your networks! 23/7/11

Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art is looking for talent. We are holding an exciting event titled Have You Got Talent? Day, offering Canberra actors the chance to be noticed by industry people (including agents, actors and directors). Participants will have three minutes to present their act through a day-time workshop – and if selected, they’ll be invited back that evening to perform in front of our professional panel. Who knows where that could lead?

This is a great opportunity for Canberra’s actors to put their work on the map and connect both with local artists as well as those in the wider community. Please advise your colleagues about this exciting opportunity. Info sheet is attached.


As well as prizes donated by our community, Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art is offering a full-time Scholarship to its Certificate III in Performance (Acting) course, which starts in August. This scholarship is worth $5,500 and will go to the person who shows they have promise as a performer.

TO PARTICIPATE: visit www.haveyougottalent.com.au and register now!

Date: Saturday 23 July

Venue: Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre

Workshop and Heats (approximately 1 hour): will take place during intervals through the day. Check the Have You Got Talent website for more details.

Industry Performance: 5pm

Careers Discussion with panel: 7pm

For enquiries please call CADA on 1300 908 905 or check out the Website www.haveyougottalent.com.au for more details

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The 2011 Bayside Film Festival brings a touch of lightness to your world! The curated program features a light hearted collection of Australian and World premieres, hand-picked for their originality and quirkiness.

With a focus on young and emerging filmmakers the Festival features documentaries, digital stories and Jump Cut. The Youth Documentary Project involves the creation of short documentaries made both locally and internationally. This includes a partnership with Skateistan, a co-ed skating school based in Kabul, and filmmakers in Japan who have made films exclusively for the Bayside Film Festival.

Proudly supported by Open Channel



Entries Close: September 9

More Info

The Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF) aims to raise awareness and appreciation of poetry in
popular culture while showcasing the talents of up-and-coming Australian independent
filmmakers. Filmmakers are asked to interpret the winning poem, Belinda Hilton’s “Four Letters, Three Words” into a four to seven minute short film. The best films will be shown at the Screening and Awards Night on Sunday October 9 at Palace Cinema Como.


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Be part of the first major Sexual Health Short Film competition in Australia! The ALSO Foundation’s Take Care {out} There Program invites emerging filmmakers to submit Films and Digital Videos between 30 seconds and 10 minutes in length, around topics of GLBTIQ Sex and Sexual Health. Films must be about or must include Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer (GLBTIQ) themes, additional consideration will given for films that address sexual health and relationship issues around sexual health.

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Established in 2005, Plug In TV began as a group of video documentary journalists wanting to provide an alternative to the mainstream media. Plug-In TV are looking to fill four volunteer roles. The Production Manager (1 day per week) will oversee the production of content and our programming schedule. The Technical Director (0.5 days per week) will oversee technical checking of content. The Office Manager (1 to 1.5 days per week) will handle all administration / office duties. The Network Developer (0.5 days per week) will handle all network development and promotion.

For more information email info@plugintv.net.


Applications Close July 18

FATS Digital is looking for a capable person to fill this position. The ideal candidate needs to have an intermediate knowledge of Photoshop and Adobe Suite as well as a knowledge of optical media and its various forms – CD, DVD. BD-ROM and various video formats.

Key responsibilities include:

  • printing CDs, DVDs and CD & DVD inserts
  • basic artwork setup for CD & DVD insert printing
  • CD, DVD and USB mastering and duplication
  • assisting other production staff with various multimedia related projects

Good written and verbal English are a pre-requisite. This is a permanent position located at their Melbourne office.

Forward your resume to jobs@fats.com.au



Applications Close July 28

With a robust post production strategy in place and running a lean crew model, we are currently looking for a 1st AD and Production Manager to join our project en route for principal photography in early September. The current vacancies present an opportunity not only to be involved with a well planned and intended independent film project, but also puts you in a favourable position for an existing slate of projects with LipkinFilms.

For further information, please contact Mark Lipkin at mark@wailawayfilm.com or ml@lipkinfilms.com.au


Hot Docs is currently accepting applications for the positions of Director of Programming and Cinema Programmer/Booker.


The Director of Programming will be responsible for developing the programming vision for the Festival, continuing Hot Docs’ reputation for presenting a high-calibre documentary slate each year. The Director of Programming will also be expected to contribute to the long-term visioning and strategic planning for the organization, helping to research and shape new initiatives, and direct existing projects, both online and live-event based.


The Cinema Programmer/Booker will be responsible for developing the programming vision for the Bloor Cinema, an 800-seat century-old theatre in downtown Toronto that will re-open in fall 2011 with a documentary programming focus. The Cinema Programmer/Booker will research and source documentaries and other programming, oversee the programming process and film submission and solicitation, schedule screenings and write curatorial and film notes.


For full job descriptions and to apply, please visit www.hotdocs.ca.



Don’t miss your last chance to subscribe to the Doc Soup Toronto 2011-12 season. Flexible and 6:30 pm subscriptions are already sold out, and 9:15 pm subscriptions are going fast! For more information and to purchase subscriptions, visit www.hotdocs.ca/docsoup.



Two options for writers, writer/dirctors, actors, producers and others – a one-day seminar or a three-day workshop – change the way you write, make and watch films. ENTER THE DRAMA! Presented by the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in cooperation with Stoneking Seminars.







FNI(A)/Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2011.


If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on MOBILE +61 407 601 662, or email fni_a@yahoo.com.au


NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
Founding President


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