Open Channel offers a project support and script assessment Consultancy service for tailored one-on-one advice.

We have professional screenwriting, online strategy, production management/budgeting and documentary consultants available, and will soon be launching additional advisors/consultants in fields such as editing, production planning, format television, and directing.

How much does it cost?

Pricing for 2016 is currently being reviewed.

How much experience do I need to apply for mentoring?

This service is selective and by application, and designed to match the right advisor/consultant for you and your project. In some cases the advisor/consultant may be unavailable or may feel that you or your project is not the right fit for this service, in which case we may recommend you undertake a course such as our Screenwriting Introduction workshop first. Please note that the service provides verbal feedback only on your project, not written feedback. If you are looking for written script notes, we can recommend services such as the AWG Professional Script Assessment Service and private services such as Scriptworks.


TIM_pic_by_DAVID_YOUNGTim Ferguson – available via SKYPE (Sydney based)

Area of expertise: Screen Comedy Writing

Australia’s internationally acclaimed ‘Comedy Doctor’. For over twenty years, Tim has toured the world performing stand-up and musical comedy, as well as writing sitcom and comedy films (Doug Anthony Allstars, Daas Kapital, DAAS LOVE [UK], Viva! [UK], 01 For London [UK], Friday Night Live [UK], Juste Pour Rire Specials [HBO], The Edinburgh Years, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Unreal TV, Shock Jock [Aus, UK]). Tim is a consultant in narrative comedy and script development for Australia’s top production companies and networks. He’s one of the nation’s busiest corporate event and conference performers. See also: Cheeky Monkey course.


2013-ChrisThompson---Head-Shot_smChris Thomson

Area of expertise: Screenwriting

Chris is a multi-award winning writer, artistic director and teacher. He has worked for more than twenty-five years in a wide range of contexts across film, television and theatre. As a screenwriter, he has written three produced feature film screenplays including The Tumbler, which was nominated for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

He was Co-Creator and Head Writer for two seasons of the sit-com Shock Jock and was a co-creator and contributing writer for the live television comic current affairs show, With Tim Ferguson. He has worked with Melbourne Planetarium to write the digital dome show The Problem With Pluto and with Arts Centre Melbourne to develop and write POSTi an online interactive play for young people. Recently, his short screenplay Cow was selected for the inaugural VCA/Whistling Woods Mumbai Travelling Studio and was produced in India. As a playwright he has written more than twenty original adapted plays.

He has been nominated for five Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Awards winning three times for his plays Shady Characters, The Bridge and The Sadness of Mister Saisson. Chris has worked with hundreds of young and emerging writers in his various roles as Artistic Director for St Martins Youth Arts Centre, HotHouse Theatre, Union House Theatre, Biting Dog Theatre Festival, MUDfest at Melbourne Uni, Monash Schools Theatre Festival and Jigsaw Theatre as well as his work as a judge for the AWGIE’s, the AFI’s, the Wal Cherry Playwriting Award, the Premier’s Literary Awards and many more.

His teaching includes sessional work with ACU, Deakin Uni, Open Channel and many other institutions. Chris is a graduate of Deakin University Rusden with a BEd in Drama & Media Studies and the VCA School of Film & Television with a Masters in Screenwriting. He is a member of the Arts & Heritage Panel of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is President of the Victorian Green Room Awards.

Board_Simon_BrittonSimon Britton

Area of expertise: Online Strategy

Simon is publisher of Australia’s leading online screen content website and e-bulletin ScreenPro. Before starting his previous website, MediaWave in 2008, he worked for the Australian Film, TV and Radio School’s Centre for Screen Business, focusing on emerging business models for online screen content. He has consulted to, or written papers for the South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and The Australian Film TV and Radio School. He’s delivered workshops for SPAA, The Media Resource Centre, Open Channel, RMIT, Monash University, UCLA and AFTRS. In association with Fandependent, is currently running workshops on crowd funding and online distribution. He recently concluded a three-year term on the Board of the Australian Screen Institute (AFI). Simon consults on film projects and is currently working with a range of content creators to develop strategies for online delivery of their work. In a previous life, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for the ABC, writer for The Age and a music coordinator for feature film.

Dennis_SmithDennis K Smith

Area of expertise: Documentary

DENNIS K. SMITH is an award winning filmmaker with a background in history, health, social justice and science documentaries for television. He has worked with large and small crews around Australia, in the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, Ethiopia, China, Korea and Japan. His 2002 documentary “Rainbow Bird and Monster Man’ was nominated for four AFI Awards, a Logie Award and won two Awgie Awards including the prestigious Gold Awgie. His film “Troubled Minds – the lithium revolution” received a 2004 Awgie Award, was the winner of the Main Prize at the Vega International Science Film Festival, in the UK and was a finalist at the prestigious Beijing International Science Film Festival. His latest film “Kapyong” a Korean War documentary for Foxtel’s History Channel was launched by the Australian Prime Minister in Parliament House, Canberra, in April of 2011.

How to apply for professional consultancy/script assessment

Send the Training Team a message using the form below, with a brief synopsis of your project, what you would like to achieve with your advisor/consultant of choice, and when you would like the session(s) to take place. If you are accepted and can be offered support, we will send you a quote and begin arranging the session(s).


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