Offspring Television Directing Masterclass

LevelIntermediate / Advanced
Dates & TimesDay 1: Tuesday, 12th July (9.30am – 4.30pm)
Days 2 & 3: Saturday – Sunday, 16th-17th July (8.00am – 5.15pm)
Day 4: Tuesday, 26 July (9.30am – 4.30pm) + networking session
Contact Hours30
Fee$1,430 Open Channel Members / $1,710 Non-Members (inc GST)
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LocationOpen Channel, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008 (Days 1 & 4);
Offspring hospital set, Collingwood (Days 2 & 3)
How to apply?Applications for this workshop have now closed.
Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.



Real Actors, Real Sets, Real Scripts.

Open Channel presents an invaluable opportunity for emerging to mid level Directors to gain experience and insight into the demands of making episodic TV Drama in the upcoming Offspring Television Directing Masterclass with Director, Nicholas Bufalo.

Selected participants in this advanced 4-day workshop will have the opportunity to direct professional actors using scenes from scripts from the Offspring seriesand filming of the scenes will occur on the Offspring hospital set, complete with set dressing and lighting.

The course replicates the demands of shooting multi-camera TV scenes by using real actors, real sets and real scenes from one of Australia’s favourite television dramas. Importantly, the context also requires participants to work within realistic deadlines, and to be able to match the tone and feel of an established program.


This is an advanced workshop open to emerging and mid level Directors with prior credits (e.g. short film, factual television, or webseries), and with demonstrated potential to work in a simulated industry-like environment, within the context of a network series. The course assumes knowledge of basic directing and continuity principles. Participants should also have their own basic editing skills, or be working with someone outside the course who has those skills.


Click here to download a pdf course outline.


This is a selective course. Applicants will need to, using the online application form:

  1. Upload a Cover Letter outlining short and long-term career goals and a rationale for participating in the masterclass
  2. Upload a detailed CV with filmography
  3. Submit a URL link to an online showreel or sample of relevant recent work

Places are limited and will be offered based on demonstrated skills and experience and a rationale for professional development at the discretion of Open Channel.

Workshop fees will be payable on offer of a place in the course.

Applications for this course have now closed. Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.

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Interstate course applicants: Please await course confirmation prior to booking flights and accommodation.


Nicholas Bufalo began his acting career in 1984 and was part of the Australian Theatre, Television and Film industry for 11 years before diversifying into directing television. Over the last 18 years, he has directed more than 220 hours of television in a variety of genres from Serial Drama to Sketch Comedy, Children’s TV, Sitcom and one-hour dramas. Nicholas’ experience in front of and behind the camera gives him an insight into the actor/director relationship and his extensive work directing commercial television offers a broad overview of the Industry.

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Quote from Nicholas –

“This Masterclass is about demystifying the process – about walking through the many detailed steps of making long-form television drama. At the end of it, you’ll know what’s involved.”

“It’s an opportunity to not only have your own questions answered but also to hear the questions of your peers and be involved in a relevant and insightful discussion.”


Daniel Schultheis
t. 03 8327 2009