Thursday, November 11, 2010


Created specifically for screen content creators in film/TV production and digital agencies alike, the Multi-Platform Workshop will give producers the creative and business tools to tell a story and deliver it across multiple platforms. Held over three days (November 24-26) the workshop focuses on what creators can achieve now with available and evolving technologies and business models.


Jarod Green, Producer, Beached Az
Jarod helped pioneer a new social-broadcast distribution model with ABC TV for the series Beached Az – a case study in successful online content creation – developing strategies for distribution across social networks, broadcast channels, mobile applications, online and retail. He is also a contributor and consultant to the NSW government on digital media, and is the social media ambassador for the Sydney Swans.

Paul Callaghan, Freelance writer and independent game developer
Over the past 10 years, Paul has worked as a programmer, designer, writer, and teacher in the games industry in Australia and overseas. His credits include Men In Black 2 and Heroes of the Pacific. His cross-disciplinary experience has led him to an interest in linguistics, games as learning tools, meshing narrative with gameplay, character and story development, literacy and numeracy, and the philosophical underpinnings of how games work and what they can teach us about ourselves.
More speakers to be announced!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

SYN Media Learning Week

Our friends at SYN Media  kicked off their Media Learning Week on Monday. 

Media Learning Week is program of professional development events for media teachers, and teachers using media.

Tuesday's forum at the State Library introduced us to three leaders in the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) media field, the most quotable of whom was Josie Atkinson from Kangan Institute

Josie is doing fine work with "scallywags" out in Broadmeadows, using radio as a tool for education, personal development, and cultural renewal. 

Adam Whitbread from SKYS and Jon Staley from Youthworx presented their models for media training and showed some of the fruits of their programs - including work from one student, Chris Musgrave, whose work just tickles our fancy. You can see Chris's excellent mini doco 'My Glasses' here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Tumbler

Open Channel Producer Marc Gracie's latest film 'The Tumbler' screened last night at Cinema Nova ahead of its theatrical release run which starts on September 2. A taut thriller with a distinct political edge, The Tumbler marks a change of pace for Marc, whose previous three films (The Craic, Take Away, You and Your Stupid Mate) are, in his own words, Dumb Ass comedies ;-)

 The film was nothing short of fantastic and not only delivered great to watch characters but also a film which looked great and was shot beautifully. And it's not just us saying so. According to FilmInk Magazine, "It delivers an intriguing and swiftly paced narrative." Certain scenes were carried out so well that it has you sitting on the edge of your seat.

As an added bonus there was a Q&A with Marc Gracie and former Roadshow and Disney GM Alan Finney at the end of the screening, where they discussed the films short shooting schedule and how they managed to shoot the entire thing in 15 days on location in Broken Hill. The conversation also looked at the origins of the project, and in particular, the processes he and Screenwriter Chris Thompson employed in putting together the film.

We are all terribly proud of Marc and The Tumbler and encourage all our readers to look out for screening times at Cinema Nova and around the country.