Open Channel Success Stories

Professional Attachments

2016 1st Assistant Camera Attachment recipient, Kate La Grace on set of The Wrong Girl, May 2016.

In 2016 Open Channel is managing the Professional Attachment Program on behalf of Film Victoria, working with production companies to find appropriate attachees. Some of our successes so far have been:

Kate La Greca was attached to the camera department on The Wrong Girl, A television drama produced by Playmaker Media. Kate has been offered work on this production until the end of their shoot.

“Open Channel’s attachment program provided me with an opportunity to be trained and mentored by highly experienced film and TV professionals. The experience has not only been educational, but it has also opened doorways to future employment and invaluable network connections.”
Kate La Greca

Sebastian Broadbent was attached to the editing department of Year 12 Diaries, a television documentary series produced by Princess Pictures. Sebastian was offered ongoing work on this project.

“Working with a talented and committed team has been a terrific introduction to the industry”
Sebastian Broadbent

BRINGING OUR STORIES HOME

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Open Channel collaborated with both experienced and emerging filmmakers to produce Bringing Our Stories Home, six insightful and moving films that explore the untold stories of the First World War, focusing specifically on the impact felt at home in Australia, and the lasting effects of the war that shaped a nation.

The series is on ABC’s iView and is available to purchase from ATOM.

RAW NERVE

DonutBTS-58Raw Nerve was an initiative funded by Screen Australia aimed at enabling emerging filmmakers to make a short film.

For the last three years these films have been screened on ABC television and iView.

Of the films completed in 2015 Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary and Big City are both screening in the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival. Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary was awarded a Gold Remi award at World Fest in Houston.

Smut Hounds (2014) was screened at six film festivals, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. Writer/ Director Sari Braithwaite was awarded an AFTRS Creative Fellowship.

A Clean Break (2014) was screened at the St Kilda Film Festival and the Amarcort Film Festival in Italy.

Small (2013) has screened in US festivals in Palm Springs, Cleveland and the Rocky Mountains.

PAST STUDENTS  & Filmmakers

Ian Tran
“Within a short space of 6 months, after completing a short documentary filmmaking course with Open Channel, I have been able to realise my passion as a filmmaker. The education, support and mentorship from OC has lead to the production of my first professionally produced short documentary, print media coverage as well as the possibility of a mainstream television screening. As exciting as this is, it is the amount of knowledge I have learnt from OC that has been the most rewarding aspect of my journey. I would not have dared to imagine such a possibility less than a year ago. The people associated in the organisation, as well as the professionals in the industry I have met through OC will allow me to continue my passion of creating films and sharing the stories that encapsulate the human condition.”
Ian Tran, 2015 Raw Nerve Participant

Matt “Jebus” Jones
“In October/November of 2015 I was granted an Assistant Director attachment position with the feature film Berlin Syndrome through Open Channel. Having completed a Bachelor of Film Production at SAE Institute Melbourne campus in August my previous experience in the industry had been limited to student productions and an internship on indie feature film Pawno, for which my hard work earned me a 3rd Assistant Director credit. My experience on Berlin Syndrome allowed me to solidify career objectives whilst learning the ins and outs of what it means to be working for the assistant director department on a multi-million dollar feature production. I truly appreciate the opportunity given to me by Open Channel to work on such a wonderful production, the connections and experience I have gained are utterly priceless”
– Matt “Jebus” Jones, 2015 Attachment Program Recipient

Georgina Hall
“The Raw Nerve Production Initiative gave us the resources, support and guidance we needed to make a film we’re really proud of. This included not only funding, but also the use of equipment, being mentored by industry leaders, and the chance to work with industry-standard companies from pre- through to post-production. It also gave the writer and director that all-important credit on a nationally screened film. As a first time producer new to the industry, I felt hugely supported. From the get go I was given templates and guidance by Cristina and Ally from Open Channel, and felt comfortable checking in with them throughout the whole process of production. I can’t recommend it highly enough as a platform for emerging screenwriters, directors and producers.”
– Georgina Hall, 2015 Raw Nerve Participant

Tessa Mansfield-Hung
“In 2015 I was asked to join one of the Raw Nerve winning teams as a Producer for their documentary about Nick Tsiligiris and Olympic Doughnuts. I was given the opportunity to produce a short film with a professional delivery expectation which I hadn’t been exposed to before. This introduced me to working with industry professional post-production facilities and the standards and procedures behind that process. Being able to work at a level above what I’d ever been able to reach before gave me invaluable knowledge of what’s possible and what I need to work towards in the future. What I value most about my experience was the opportunity to somewhat “grow up” as a working Producer. Working towards real deadlines, deliverables and expectations pushed a focus and discipline that has now cemented itself in the way I work which has been immensely beneficial to other projects, and ultimately, my career.”
– Tessa Mansfield-Hung, 2015 Raw Nerve Participant

Tamasin Simpkin

In 2013 Tamasin undertook the Open Channel short course Screen Producing: The Dark Art. After years of making her own short form content and working in a crewing capacity on bigger productions, this course gave her the opportunity to learn about what it would mean to be a Producer in the her own right.

She was asked by Princess Pictures to Produce Bleak: The Web Series, which has since gone on to screen at festivals such as the New York TV Festival, Miami Webfest, Vancouver Webfest, and the First Glance Film Festival, and has taken out the Outstanding Ensemble Award at LA Webfest and Best Screenwriting, Best Actor and the iView Award at Melbourne Webfest.

In 2014 she was selected to take part in the SPAA Ones to Watch Program. The same year she also received Multi Platform Funding from Screen Australia to make the independent web series The Katering Show, on which she worked again with the creators behind Bleak, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennon.

The series was released on YouTube earlier this year and received over 2 million views in its first week online the second series was produced for the ABC iView platform.

Tamasin visited Open Channel for a Framed Seminar on Friday 1st May 2015.

Corrie Chen

Corrie Chen graduated from the VCA School of Film and Television in 2010 before making her short comedy Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too with the help of Screen Australia funds through Open Channel’s Raw Nerve program in 2011. The film was nominated for Best Short Fiction ATOM award and premiered on SBS in 2013 in addition to being shown at numerous festivals.

Corrie has since been commissioned by the ABC to direct her first documentary Suicide and Me which won “2014 Best direction in a documentary stand-alone” ADG Award. She also made a short comedy called Bloomers receiving Screen Australia’s Short Film Completion Fund. The film screened at Flickerfest and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and had its international premiere at the LA Shorts Fest.

Corrie completed a funded attachment with Matchbox Pictures (ABC’s Nowhere Boys) organised through Open Channel and was invited to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Talents where she was mentored by several internationally acclaimed filmmakers.

Corrie was selected for Screen Australa’s Talent Escalator Program in 2015 with a directors attachment on Channel 7’s Peter Allen: No the Boy Next Door. This was followed by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program in which she directed Reg Makes Contact, a short sci-fi drama which has screened at MIFF and has won numerous awards.