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Aftrs rolls out new courses in production management, production accounting

11 hours ago

Bree Sigsworth Pryce, Course Leader, Diplomas.

Bree Sigsworth Pryce began working at Aftrs in 2013 after a stint at Tafe. The education specialist has helped build a framework for the school.s new Diploma courses, designed to be less entry-level and more focused on practical skills than those offered previously.

The new diplomas (one semester) and advanced diplomas (two) are a direct response to the findings of the industry skills survey commissioned by the school and released last year..

Survey participants asked for .shorter courses that were very skills targeted,. says Sigsworth Pryce..

The diploma in camera fundamentals is gone, replaced by a diploma in camera. .The new one has a very specific focus on developing skills in the shooter-producer role...

The old editing diploma, an entry-level introduction to Avid and editing theory, has been replaced with a one designed to give students the brass-tacks skills to become working assistant editors. »

- Harry Windsor

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The Ausfilm team on flying the flag in La and attracting global projects to Oz

12 hours ago

Michael Fassbender and Carmen Ejogo in 'Alien: Covenant', shot in Sydney.

In the 2015-16 year, foreign location spending in Australia was recorded at $273 million. Foreign Post, Digital and Visual effects (Pdv) spend in Australia reached a record-high of $105 million..

Australian director James Wan (Saw, Furious 7) will return home shortly to direct Aquaman. Rob Cowan, producer of San Andreas, which shot in Queensland in 2015, will return to the Gold Coast to produce..

In the last 12 months Australia has hosted Thor: Ragnarok, Alien: Covenant and Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, while Aussie vendors have completed post work on the likes of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Dr Strange, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2..

Ausfilm, Australia.s marketing and representative body abroad for the Australian production industry, continues to advocate for a permanent increase to the Location Offset. They.re not alone — Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian, »

- Harry Windsor

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Cameras roll in South Australia on Chinese TV drama ‘Speed’

28 March 2017 9:18 PM, PDT


Shooting is underway around Adelaide on Speed, the first Chinese TV drama series to be shot in Australia.

The show,.which follows an underground street racer who turns pro, is produced by Ciwen Media Co. The Beijing-based company has teamed with Adelaide's 57 Films to handle all local production, with 15 of the show's 32 episodes to be shot in Oz..

57 Films produced cooking show.Chef Exchange.for China Central TV News.last year, and has made.The Afl Show with Port Adelaide Football Club.for CCTV and a promotional film for the City of Qingdao..

Company founder Paul Ryan is the Australian producer in charge and Triptych Pictures. Julie Byrne is the line producer. Speed is directed by Gan Lu, with action sequences directed by Bruce Law (Supercop, Transformers: Age of Extinction,.Mission Impossible 3)..

.Speed will further strengthen relationships between China and South Australia, inject millions into the local economy, create »

- Jackie Keast

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Bo Report: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dominates a weekend of new releases

27 March 2017 4:47 PM, PDT

'Beauty and the Beast'..

New releases dominated the box office last weekend, but the standout was easily Disney.s Beauty and The Beast.

The live-action remake of the 1991 animation all but crushed its competition, taking $13.1 million. The Emma Watson-starrer earned a whopping $18,619 average from 706 screens. With previews, it has taken $14.9 million overall.

In second place was The Boss Baby, debuting on $2.7 million from 259 screens; a $10,592 average. With previews, the Fox/Dreamworks title — which sees Alec Baldwin voice a baby executive — has made $5.3 million.

Sony.s sci-fi horror Life debuted in third on $1.5 million, while Roadshow.s Power Rangers opened just behind on $1.3 million. However, Power Rangers had the better screen average — $5,811 to Life.s $5,078.

Last week.s number one, Kong: Skull Island, was pushed down to fifth position with takings of $1.1 million — a fall of 65 per cent. The Warner Bros. title has grossed $11.4 million over three weeks. »

- Jackie Keast

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'800 Words': a model for successful Trans-Tasman partnerships?

27 March 2017 3:31 PM, PDT

South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin.

800 Words, a Seven and South Pacific Pictures co-pro, stars Erik Thomson as a widower who relocates to Nz along with his kids, played by Melina Vidler (Mako: Island of Secrets) and Benson Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor).

The role saw Thomson win the Silver Logie for Most Popular Male in 2016, and Vidler win the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

Created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming and produced by Chris Bailey, the show.s executive producers are Seven.s Julie McGauran and John Holmes and South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin, whose credits include Shortland Street and The Brokenwood Mysteries.

For South Pacific Pictures, the success of the show, originally made possible by the New Zealand Film Commission.s Screen Production Grant, has been gratifying.

.We knew we had a great show,. says Martin. .Unfortunately these days that doesn.t always mean you get a big audience. »

- Harry Windsor

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State of the industry: If talks to local players about the challenges ahead

27 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Elizabeth Debicki in 'The Kettering Incident'.

While local films were quiet at the box office last year, Aussie TV drama boomed. If catches up with industry leaders to reflect on 2016 and canvass the challenges of the year ahead.

Off the back of a record year in 2015, Aussie films totalled only $24 million (1.9 per cent market share) in 2016 compared to the previous year.s $88 million (7.2 per cent share)..

However, the last couple of months of the year saw something of a surge. Lion is now the fifth highest grossing Australian film of all time at the local box office, and Australia films earned 13 Oscar nominations across.Hacksaw Ridge, Lion and Tanna.

This year holds further promise with Breath, Dance Academy, Sweet Country, Three Summers, and Hotel Mumbai expected for release..

According to Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason, the industry needs to look at local box office performance over a three year cycle. »

- Jackie Keast

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Distribution done right: If checks in with Indievillage's Sara Kidd

26 March 2017 7:47 PM, PDT

Sara Kidd..

If talks to Indievillage.s head of.acquisitions and digital media.Sara Kidd about smart outreach, the importance of building an audience early and investing in an effective distribution model.

How did Indievillage begin?

I was working with Second Nature Films. Kate Clere and Michael McIntyre, who have been around for 14 years making documentaries. I was fresh out of film school and I came on board in 2012 to help them distribute their documentary.Yogawoman, starting in the States and then around the world. We had a really strong understanding of how the audience worked and we knew all the key influencers in the Yoga world in the States. So we self-distributed and created this amazing model of how to build audiences, and then people just started talking to us about what we'd done. Our goal is really to help filmmakers through the maze of distribution and make sure »

- Harry Windsor

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Smart money: Smoothing out lumpy cash flow for those in the creative sector

26 March 2017 5:01 PM, PDT

Bradd Morelli.

As a partner at Jirsch Sutherland, a specialist insolvency, forensic accounting and turnaround business, Bradd Morelli has been the liquidator of a large number of SPVs where the Producer Offset has been successfully claimed.

Below, he outlines the key steps to ensure smart cash flow for those in the creative industries.

Lumpy cash flow is the cycle of life for many people in the creative industries. Large invoices paid at irregular intervals can often make you feel broke one day and rich the next. But a little planning can smooth out your cash flow to create certainty in your financial life.


In your bank is a lovely big deposit. What now? Buy a car? Pay off debts? Treat yourself to a holiday? .

You could do that or you could speak to your accountant or financial advisor. Their business is managing money and cash flow and their support »

- Bradd Morelli

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