1743579_880196328676446_7202230686670704146_nABOUT THE COURSE

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 series, and 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.


This is a selective course. Applicants will need to submit a Cover Letter outlining their short and long-term career goals and a rationale for participating in the masterclass, as well as a detailed CV with filmography. Applicants will also need to submit a link/s to a showreel or 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 Close: 5pm, Thursday 23rd June 2016

Click here for more information and to apply.


Day 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


$1,430 Open Channel Members / $1,710 Non-Members (inc GST)