Open Channel Success Stories – Tamasin Simpkin


Tamasin has worked in the film and television industry for the last 7 years, predominantly in Production but also in Casting and Locations. Projects she has worked on cover a wide range of genres and formats, from dark features like Van Diemen’s Land and The Loved Ones to light hearted TV like House Husbands and It’s a Date.

She has also Produced several independent projects which have screened at festivals worldwide, such as E Arioi Vahine (Winner Best Editing Flickerfest and Best Student Film International Film Festival Ireland), With My Little Eye (Nominated ATOM Award Best Short Film and Craft Award St Kilda Film Festival), Snapshot (Nominated Best Short Film at Montreal Film Festival) and Bread and Butter (which opened the Williamsburg International Film Festival in New York).

In 2013 she undertook the Open Channel short course Screen Producing: The Dark Art where she was taught by the entertaining and informative Stephen Luby. 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 ‘real world’. It gave her the overview she needed about the realities of Producing and equipped her with knowledge and methodologies which have since proved invaluable.

After years of working with Princess Pictures she was asked 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 for emerging producers, where she was lucky enough to be mentored by Amanda Higgs. 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. With almost 60 thousand subscribers signing up to the Lead Balloon TV channel since the series was released, the global fan base includes viewers from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Tamasin will be visiting Open Channel for a Framed Seminar on Friday 1st May 2015.


Open Channel announces Emerging Indigenous Producer Training Scholarship

Open Channel announces

Screen resource organisation Open Channel, based at Docklands Studios Melbourne, is offering one emerging Indigenous screen Producer a training scholarship place in its upcoming Screen Producing short course from March 2015, led by seasoned industry Producer Stephen Luby (The Secret River (2015), Full Frontal, Bed of Roses).

This unique hands-on short course introduces participants to the practicalities and the craft of producing film and television in Australia. Each week’s learning will be wrapped around a theme, and participants are encouraged to workshop their own projects. Upon completion, participants will have a clear, practical initiation into all aspects of this mysterious and challenging profession.

The selected filmmaker will also be invited to become a part of the Melbourne-based Melbourne Community Filmmaker Collective for new Aboriginal filmmakers, to join in the development and production of local Indigenous screen works. The collective, based at Footscray Community Arts includes established filmmakers such as Robbie Bundle and Peter Worland (NITV’s Our Stories Our Way Every Day), Rebecca McLean (Yarnin’) and John Harvey (The Turning). 

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to support the development of the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers here in Victoria, and the development of an industry begins with an investment in the Producers of tomorrow.”

To apply:

Interested emerging Producers should apply by email cover letter about why you would like the scholarship place, and your CV to by 12pm lunch time, Friday 27th March 2015.

Applicants must be available to attend the Screen Producing short course which runs Tuesday evenings 31st March 2015 – 19th April 2015 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm (8 sessions) at Docklands Studios, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands.

For more information on the course, click here

Open Channel is supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia

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