Enrolments rolling in for 2014 scriptshop!

Enrol now! (Enrolment closing soon)

Third round applications are currently open for the 2014 scriptshop intake at Open Channel.

Now in its fourth year, scriptshop has developed 37 film and television projects, and a number of projects have already filmed, or are in development with established Production Companies.

2013 graduate, Anne O’Hoy talks here about her experiences of the course.

“My relationship with Open Channel grew out of my experiences with their Raw Nerve program. My submission ‘In Fantasy’ was one of three selected to be produced as a short film with the help of Open Channel. I wrote and directed it.

I was encouraged by the support Open Channel gave me to sign up for scriptshop.

I went into the course with a specific idea for a TV show based on the ‘In Fantasy’ short film, but throughout the year this idea blossomed into something even more beautiful.

A really important benefit of being at Open Channel was that it enabled me to focus on a single piece of work, rather than other courses which have quite a broad focus.

Writing scripts and making films is fun but I had always struggled with pitching and the business side of things. I can truly say that the course not only gave me the skills to hone my idea but, critically, to identify which industry leaders to approach to turn it into a reality, and to present a kickass pitch!”

Scriptshop is Australia’s only year long script development course.

Open to writers, directors and producers with an idea for a feature film or TV series to be developed.

For more information, visit our Scriptshop page

Applications close soon, apply now to secure your place!

Open Channel Screens New Documentaries by Indigenous Filmmakers

Open Channel screens new documentaries

New Indigenous film-makers, trained with the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, gather to celebrate the completion of six new documentary films to screen nationally on National Indigenous Television (NITV).

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The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust partnered with Open Channel and National Indigenous Television in a unique training production program that ran from July to October 2013, developing a new core group of Indigenous film-makers from language groups across Victoria. The grant supported the program to bring renowned film-makers to Melbourne, including Allan Collins ACS (Cinematographer on the award winning Beneath Clouds, by Ivan Sen) to share knowledge, skills and wisdom with the burgeoning film-makers. The program brought to life a diversity of stories and explored themes including Aboriginal justice, reconnecting with songlines, and language revival. The films provide an important cultural voice to Victorian Aboriginal communities and help to facilitate broad cultural understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Participating students achieved a nationally-recognised Certificate III in Media qualification, and a number are beginning to work on their next screen projects after completing the program. Open Channel’s Training Manager, Daniel Schultheis said “This is really a very significant initiative. Many Aboriginal stories we see in Australia have come from other states such as the Northern Territory and Queensland, where there is a bigger pool of filmmakers. A lot of Victorian stories have not been told yet.”

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie commented, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of this important project which ensures that expanding opportunities in film and television to create Aboriginal screen stories are underpinned by strong production skills, talent development, and professional networks.”

Participant Kerri-Lee Harding, director of A Rare Gem: Coloured Stone said, “I am really so very proud of my fellow students support in production, plus the results of their amazing films.  Still pinching myself we managed to film Bunna with ben from Regurgitator, in full swing recording the 10th coloured stone album. None of this would have happened without Open Channel’s strong unwavering support and encouragement and positivity has kept me strong and incredibly focused. I think together we made a deadly variety of excellent Victorian short docos and be fab to soon see them all screen on NITV and gonna be deadly to see more of representation of our Melbourne / Victorian community members.”

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Super Terrorise Me Anti-Bullying Project

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Open Channel & Moonee Valley Council present: Super Terrorise Me presents Bully Planet

Bully Planet Team

Bully Planet Team

The Australian Government’s Youth Development and Support Program, which is managed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, provided funding in 2012 in support of a production initiative between Open Channel and Moonee Valley Council to deliver a community based ANTI BULLYING project for Young People aged between 12 and 25. The project called Super Terrorise Me: The Web Series provided young people in Moonee Valley City Council with the opportunity to develop and produce an original anti-bullying web series with mentoring from established award-winning screen industry professional, Nick Moore. The production process helped the young group to develop skills in writing, directing, producing, cinematography, lighting, sound, set design, performance, music, editing and web compression.”

 

Open Channel delivers 3 day film training program at Al-Taqwa College

Open Channel teams up with Al-Taqwa College

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The Open Channel mobile training unit visited Al-Taqwa College last year to run a 3 day intensive, involving 12 students who were selected for the course through winning a school-run short film competition. Teacher Michael Harding describes the experience:

“We worked closely with the trainers to design a three day film training program for our students. As the first point of contact, the Open Channel trainers introduced our staff to the possible formats of the course, and communicated the opportunities that would be provided to our students.

Open Channel coordinated the involvement of additional film professionals, who worked as a team to deliver practical filmmaking activities. The tight three-day schedule was necessitated by the ‘crowded’ secondary school curriculum, and they worked very hard to ensure that all projects were completed to a high level, despite the time limitations placed by the school on the project. Information and skills were effectively conveyed to students, and cross-age groups formed so as to maximise learning opportunities.

Open Channel willingly contributed time to an additional day of planning and training, allowing students to begin the course with the requisite knowledge and clear expectations.

It was very impressive to observe the ways in which Open Channel worked to develop the students’ initial videos – made without teacher support – into new and improved works of narrative cinema. By making the effort to understand the students’ films, the tutors were in a position to recommend improvements and suggest new ways of delivering the competition theme of The Importance of Prayer.

Al-Taqwa is a coeducational, Islamic school, and as a non-Muslim, Open Channel’s interpretation of this theme has been commended by the College community. Open Channel’s tutor confidence, sensitivity, and clear communication are testament to their skills as trainers and filmmakers. Students were highly engaged throughout the training program, and will keenly use their learnt skills to develop visual media into the future.”

Michael Harding
Art Domain Leader

Al-Taqwa

Lavers Hill Filmmaking Workshop

Lavers Hill Filmmaking Workshop

Lavers Hill Youth gets into Filmmaking with Open Channel!

Over three days in September, 2013, we saw an enthusiastic group of youth from Lavers Hill and surrounds, participate in a 3 day film workshop with the Melbourne film training group Open Channel.

Lavers Hill Workshop

Mooroopna Filmmaking Workshop

Mooroopna Filmmaking Workshop

Mooroopna Youth gets into Filmmaking with Open Channel!

Over four days in August, 2013, we saw an enthusiastic group of Mooroopna Secondary College Year 10/11 students from VCAL participate in a 4 day film workshop with the Melbourne film training group Open Channel.

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Mooroopna workshop

4 laptops now in action!

 

Students harness film to explore mental health

Students harness film to explore mental health

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The 24 January Premiere at Cinema Nova was a special night for Open Channel’s student filmmakers with the debut screening of their two short films examining media and mental illness issues, Medication Time (horror/comedy short film, image to right) and Media and Mental Illness (short documentary).

The films were the accumulation of three months hard work and creativity for the students who all experience mental illness. The unique training program was funded by Doutta Galla Community Health, the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and supported by television training organisation Open Channel, and Penguin Artists.

The project involved students, volunteer crew, actors, industry professionals, and trainers.

Doutta Galla CEO Dianne Couch expressed her enthusiasm for the project: “Congratulations to the students on their films and completion of Certificate III in Media (Filmmaking); a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment. This is a fantastic outcome that will open up further opportunities for them. We also look forward to working with our partners to offer other community projects in the future.”

“The CPE project screening was a great result and I was really impressed by the quality of work, and the achievement of the students. The drama film was certainly a strong and highly accomplished short film. Open Channel is proud to have been part of this partnership and this valuable program”. Jennie Hughes, Former Executive Director of Open Channel, Executive Producer of films such as Dirty Deeds, Crackerjack, Bad Eggs, Gettin Square and International Sales Agent Macleods Daughters.

Anti-Bullying Production Initiative – Bully Planet

Bully Planet

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Open Channel & Moonee Valley Council present: Super Terrorise Me presents Bully Planet

The Australian Government’s Youth Development and Support Program, which is managed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, provided funding in 2012 in support of a production initiative between Open Channel and Moonee Valley Council to deliver a community based ANTI BULLYING project for Young People aged between 12 and 25.

The project called Super Terrorise Me: The Web Series provided young people in Moonee Valley City Council with the opportunity to develop and produce an original anti-bullying web series with mentoring from established award-winning screen industry professional, Nick Moore.

The production process helped the young group to develop skills in writing, directing, producing, cinematography, lighting, sound, set design, performance, music, editing and web compression.

Super Terrorise Me – Bully Planet

Bully Planet
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Bully Planet
Episode 2
Bully Planet
Episode 3

 

Shepparton Upskilling Workshop

Shepparton Upskilling Workshop

Open Channel recently loaded up the mobile training unit with lights, cameras, reflector boards, sandbags, and all other crucial filmmaking kit, and headed out to Shepparton for a day-long Upskilling Workshop. Housed in the creative comfort of a studio space at the Shepparton Art Gallery, the workshop drew together a diverse group of locals, from teenagers through to professionals all of whom were there with the specific goal of polishing up their filmmaking skills.

Advice was given to the participants regarding specific projects and sharing personal experiences to explore ways to ‘find your story’, improve camera and lighting skills, master ‘the art of the interview’ and structure post-production work-flow, amongst other topics.

A great day was had by all, with energetic and creative conversations shared throughout the day. By 5pm the workshop drew to an end, the gear was back in the OC mobile training unit and the tutors set off back to Melbourne, as the sun set on the town of Shepparton. Another day, another filmmaking workshop in the can!

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