Thursday, September 18, 2008

FRAMED #08: Creating Children's Content

Join us for our monthly FRAMED seminar, as we discuss creating children's content, on screen online and on TV! Tailoring entertainment and advertising to children is an enormous and growing industry, and we'll explore some very creative initiatives currently out there, including opportunities for new writers and filmmakers.

Speakers include Bernadette O'Mahony (Australian Children's Television Foundation), Chris Corbett (Tiny Town), Robert Greenberg (Round the Twist, Dogstar and Stormworld), Colin Budds (Saddle Club, Ocean Girl, H2O) and Colin Mowbray (Eugenie Sandler PI).

When: Thursday 25 September 2008, 12.30 - 2pm
Where: Digital Harbour Theatrette, 1010 Latrobe St, Docklands

DVDs courtesy of Madman Entertainment to be won!



Bernadette O’Mahony, Head of Development and Production, Australian Children's Television Foundation
Bernadette O’Mahony oversees the ACTF’s production activities. Bernadette has worked in the film and television industry since the 1980s on productions such as The Henderson Kids, The Flying Doctors, Spotswood, Blackfellas and Crackers. Bernadette was the ACTF’s line producer on the third series of Round the Twist and the first series of Crash Zone, and co-produced the second series of Crash Zone and Legacy of the Silver Shadow.

Colin Mowbray, Writer/ Director
Colin Mowbray made his first film at the age of ten and received First Prize in a national short film competition (Peter Jackson came third). Since then he has worked successfully as a television director, written two feature films and made numerous award-winning short films. He is an accomplished writer/director, with a strong visual style and a flair for black comedy and subtle performances. Wrote and directed Spazz, a short film starring Samuel Johnson and Noah Taylor (distributed by Universal and screened on Moviola, Sci-Fi Channel) and directed episodes of Eugenie Sandler P.I. (AFI Award Winner Best Childrens’ Drama) for Burberry Productions/ Artist Services.

Chris Corbett, Writer
Chris Corbett has written episodes of Stingers, Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, McLeods Daughters, All Saints and City Homicide. He also worked as a script editor on Stingers and Blue Heelers and as Story Editor on Stingers. Prior to working in television he served as Dramaturg at the Melbourne Theatre Company, directed shows for the Five Dollar Theatre Company, the Melbourne Theatre Company and performed in major festivals across Australia, New Zealand and Europe with the group Strange Fruit. He teaches at RMIT’s Professional Screenwriting Course, and writes and produces the children's YouTube comedy show TinyTown.

Robert Greenberg, Writer
After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Literature, Robert wrote for Melbourne's leading daily newspaper, The Age while working on film crews stopping traffic during location shoots. Robert then wrote scripts for a number of Australian soaps including the Grundy serials Prisoner (aka Cell Block H) and Sons and Daughters as well as the Crawfords series The Flying Doctors. After script doctoring an innovative children's series called Lift Off, Robert discovered he loved writing for children. The then head of the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF), Patricia Edgar offered Robert an in-house position. He became responsible for overseeing the writing of all ACTF series including Skytrackers, Round the Twist, The Genie From DownUnder, Crash Zone, Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers and was supervising writer on the second series of Lift Off. During this time Robert was also on the steering committee for the embryonic Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Professional Screenwriting Course. Robert continued his freelance writing career developing and writing the Jonathan M Shiff series Horace and Tina, the Southern Star animated series, Kangaroo Creek Gang and Tracey McBean, the December Films/Beyond puppet series Li'l Horrors, the Cox Knight live action series Worst Best Friends and the Southern Star/FIVE (UK) live action series Snobs, script producing Media World's 26 part animated series Dogstar as well as Blue Rocket's 26 part animated series Pixel Pinkie. Robert has strong skills in workshopping teams to develop concepts and storylines that translate into award-winning shows. Robert has also been Script Manager with the Victorian Government's film funding body Film Victoria and has assessed for every state funding body. Robert maintains a strong relationship with the ACTF and is an assessor for their Independent Script Development Program. Robert is a script consultant to the Australian Government's children's broadcasting regulatory body, the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Colin Budds, Director
Colin Budds is an accomplished TV director, having worked on over 30 television productions including children's shows such as The Saddle Club, H2O, Wicked Science, Scoter: Secret Agent, Thunderstone (1999 Winner British Academy of Film & Television, Best Children’s) Ocean Girl (Series 3 & 4) (1998 Winner British Academy of Film & Television, Best Children’s), Jonathan M Shiff Productions; New Adventures of Flipper, Village Roadshow & Paxnet; The Man From Snowy River, Pro Films & Family Channel; Lift Off, Australian Children's Television Foundation; and Zoo Family (US Nickelodeon Award for Best Children’s Program; Runner up, US Emmy Awards for Best Children’s Program) Crawford Productions; to name a few.

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