Applications now open for Raw Nerve 2015


Applications have opened today for the much anticipated 2015 Raw Nerve production initiative!

This year’s theme is “One Night”

The application deadline is Friday 20th March 2015 at 5pm.

To find out what kind of projects we are looking for and who is eligible to apply and to download an application form, see our Raw Nerve page

You will need to be a current member of Open Channel to apply for Raw Nerve funding. Not a member? Click here to join!

Learn to Write, Edit and Produce at Open Channel in March 2015!

Courses coming up at Open Channel in March 2015:

Screenwriting Introduction Starts on 25th March

Wednesday evenings for 7 weeks

Suitable for beginners

$400 members / $480 non members

Editing Introduction (Premiere Pro) 28th March

One day course (Saturday)

Learn all of the basics of this popular software

$330 members / $400 non – members

Screen Producing – The Dark Art Starts on 31 March

Opportunity to workshop your own project

Learn to produce film and tv from one of the best in the industry

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm



Introduction to Editing (Adobe Premiere Pro)

November 14, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Open Channel, Docklands Studios

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Dates:  Two day course – Saturday November 14th and Sunday 15th November 2015 10am – 6pm

Fee: $620 (Members) / $740 (non-Members) (GST Inc)

Please visit our membership page to purchase membership (if required) prior to booking.

NOTE: You need to be logged into this website as a member in order to pay at member rate.


Generation Next Online Video Conference and OVAs 2014

The Open Channel Generation Next Online Video Conference and OVAs have just taken place, held at Docklands Studios.



Held at Docklands Studios on October 14-15, Generation Next: Online Video Conference explored the changing nature of visual storytelling and connecting and distributing to audiences in a digital, connected, interactive, immersive and multi-screen environment.

With an outstanding lineup of sessions and speakers including Elizabeth Ferdon (YouTube Los Angeles Business Development Executive), Christiaan van Vuuren (Bondi Hipsters, Soul Mates), Paul Walton (Head of Production, Princess Pictures) and more, the 2-day conference looked at where the audience might be leading us and how storytellers can find, engage and build viable careers in this new online landscape.

A podcast of all sessions will be available on the Open Channel podcasts page soon, stay tuned for updates.

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The inaugural Australian Online Video Awards (OVAs) were a great success, with celebrations kicking on as winners were announced at an award ceremony at Docklands Studios on Tuesday 14th October.

The top prize for “Best Overall” went to Danny and Michael Philippou for their video Harry Potter vs Star Wars. One of the brothers will be flown to YouTube’s Creator Space in Los Angeles to learn from the world leaders in online video production and marketing, supported by YouTube.

For a full list of category finalists and winners, visit

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Generation Next Online Video Conference – 14th and 15th October 2014

The much anticipated Online Video Conference and Online Video Awards night are less than one month away!

Join us at Docklands Studios, Melbourne for what promises to be our best event yet!

There’s full information on our Conference Page and OVAs page.

See the latest Conference Schedule, Speakers, or purchase tickets to the Conference (includes Online Video Awards on evening of Day 1) or you can get a ticket for the OVAs only.


October 4, 2014 – October 5, 2014

Open Channel

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Do you want to add a powerful skill to your editing tool kit?

DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite is a free, powerful colour grading and media management tool, which has been an industry standard for feature film and television grading for many years.

You can use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite to add a professional polish to your editing work. In a competitive freelance world, knowing how to use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite can add great value to your client’s work, and make you stand out as a freelance editor!

This comprehensive workshop led by Peter Cave is an exercise-based course covering the foundations of colour grading using DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite, and exploring it’s powerful features.

After this course you will:

  • have a strong knowledge of how to use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite for colour grading
  • be able to handle and grade projects from a variety of NLE software, as part of their editing workflow
  • know the basics of colour grading theory and understand advanced grading concepts
  • apply these skills to real world post production
  • enhance post production capabilities

A small number of participants ensures you one-on-one tutoring while you learn DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite.

Who should do this course? 
Editors who want their work to stand out! Editors who are preparing the final versions of their projects for distribution.

Where can I go after this course? 

Upon completion of this course, editors will find their new colour grading skills in demand with post production houses, television networks and advertising agencies who are preparing work for distribution

How can I enrol?

Please enrol directly through this page. Please note that to receive Open Channel member price, you must be logged into this site as an Open Channel member. To purchase or renew your membership, please go to our membership page.

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Colour Grading in DaVinci Resolve Lite


Andrew Prowse to teach Introduction to Directing Course at Open Channel

Focusing on independent and low budget filmmaking, this intensive workshop will give you the how to’s of storytelling from a directors’ perspective, as well as educating you how to best work with your actors, crew and how to get the most out of your budget.

With over 100 hours in Australian TV in well loved series such as McLeods’ DaughtersUNDERBELLY and Heartbreak High, Andrew has served in the capacity of director, producer, associate producer, writer, editor, production coordinator and production consultant.

This course takes place over two weekends: 30th + 31st of August and 6th + 7th of September from 10am-5pm.

Andrew Prowse is an Australian director of the stage and screen. He has also served in the capacity of producer, associate producer, writer, editor, production coordinator and production consultant. His recurring television work includes episodes of Underbelly, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Farscape, McLeod’s Daughters and Rush



On Farscape, Andrew Prowse also worked as associate producer on twenty episodes, a co-producer on eighteen episodes and a full producer on thirteen episodes. Prowse also Produced the recent hit mini series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.

Visit our course page for more info or to book.


40th Birthday Member offer until end August!

It’s our 40th Birthday this year, and to celebrate, Open Channel would like to offer all our existing members, associates, friends and supporters a gift from us to say thanks for sharing the ride so far.

As we enter our 5th decade, our focus moves more and more towards the future of Australian content creation – and this year we are excited to present the inaugural Australian Online Video awards, celebrating and recognising the work of online content creators working in Australia.

Sign up for membership before August 30th and we will give you an all access pass to the Online Video Awards (14th October 2014) and the 2014 Online Conference (14th and 15th October 2014)

Already a member? Renew before August 30th to claim the offer and we will add an extra year on to your membership as well!

There has never been a better time to become an Open Channel member, for full details of member benefits and discounters, and to redeem our offer, visit our membership page today!


Toni Raynes to teach Assistant Directing Course

“Behind every great film is a great Assistant Director!”

Looking for a career as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th AD?


Toni Raynes is an 1st Assistant Director who has worked in film and television in Australia since the early 1990’s. She worked extensively as a 2nd Assistant Director on all forms of low to high budget television and film prior to beginning her career as a 1st Assistant Director. As a 1st AD her television work includes episodes of Secret Life of Us, Bed of Roses, Satisfaction, CrashBurn, Canal Road and Upper Middle Bogan, and features include Let’s Get Skase and You and Your Stupid Mate. As a 2nd AD she worked on Ghost Rider, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Three Dollars, and many television series.

You will learn how to:

  • Schedule a film and keep it on track using EP Scheduling
  • Maintain lines of communication
  • Prepare call sheets
  • Monitor the arrival of cast and crew
  • Monitor on-set safety
  • Rehearse additional cast and direct extras
  • Build a career as an AD
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