April 2017 – Filmmaking workshops

Dubbo Filmmakers has secured funding to be able to offer 2 professionally run workshops in Dubbo. Because of the funding, these workshops are a fraction of the cost of comparable workshops in Sydney – and they’re right at our door step!

All skill levels welcome. Places are limited and bookings can be made online using the links below.

Two Day Screenwriting Workshop

Conducted by AFTRS lecturer, Holly Lyons.
April 8 & 9 – 9.30am-5.30pm.
$147.29. Lunch included.Filming on location

You will learn the basic tools and fundamentals of screenwriting from an industry professional who currently lectures at a leading Sydney Film School. Beginners welcome, but this will be an intensive course.

To find out more and book online:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/screenwriting-workshop-tickets-32398899982

Two complimentary tickets to the screenwriting workshop are available courtesy of the AWG. To apply, click here email Holly with a short paragraph about what you hope to get out of the course by COB 31 March, 2017.

Three Day Film Production Workshop

Conducted by AFTRS lecturer, Gareth Tillson.
April 20-22 – 9.00am-5.00pm.
$209.99. Lunch included.

You will learn the three stages of film production: pre-production; production/filming; post-production/editing.

To find out more and book online:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/film-production-workshop-tickets-32427491500?aff=erelpanelorg

 

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2016 One Eye Film Festival – call for entries

The 2016 Dubbo One Eye Film Festival is open for entries until midnight October 21, 2016.

In partnership with the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Filmmakers will host the 4th annual One Eye Film Festival at the brand new Black Box Theatre on One-Eye-Film-Festival-logo-2016November 11 and 12. Dubbo Filmmakers member and festival coordinator, Kellie Jennar says the One Eye Film Festival is open to all filmmakers who can demonstrate a link to Dubbo and surrounding regions.

“That link might be thematic, geographic or a delightful accident of birth,” Ms Jennar said.

“There is no entry fee, prizes or theme. The festival is all about promoting and showcasing local filmmaking.

“All genres and styles of films are encouraged, however there is a time limit of 7 minutes.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase your films to enthusiastic local people.

“It’s a completely difference experience to upload a film into the silence of cyberspace, compared with the immediacy and warmth of watching your film with an audience.

“Filmmaking can be quite a solitary activity so it enables filmmakers to get out of the editing studio, see the diversity and creativity of films being made and network with other local filmmakers,” she said.

The One Eye Film Festival has grown in popularity both with filmmakers and audience in the past three years. Last year 30 short films were shown to an audience of more than 350 people at three sittings. They ranged from comedies, dramas, documentaries, animations and art films.

For all entry requirements and conditions, please view the attached entry form. You will need to submit both the form and the film by the closing date.

Entry form:

OEFF EntryForm2016 Final

Key dates:

Entries close: midnight October 21, 2016

Program selection: November 1, 2016

Festival screenings: November 11 and 12, 2016

Call out for filmmakers to enter 2015 One Eye Film Festival

Entries are now being sought from amateur and professional filmmakers with a connection to Dubbo, for this year’s One Eye Film Festival, to be held at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (our generous host and sponsor) on Friday, 13 November. Details of how to enter and the technical requirements may be download from the OEFF page.

We’ve also unveiled this year’s updated, hairy logo, courtesy of our talented designer guy, Paul Andrews.

OEFF 2015 logo by Paul Andrews

Friday, 13 November 2015 at the Western Plains Cultural Centre

2015 underway

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 5.30pm, Western Star Hotel Dubbo

A short notice meeting was held at the end of January, with a full agenda including:

  • Linking in with the SmokeScreen series (an initiative of the Western Plains Cultural Centre & the Fire Station Arts Centre) – members encouraged to support these events.
  • Themes for challenges this year – more themes, longer time periods to produce them – any ideas?
  • Saturday matinée film sessions for members are being trialled and more information will become public after the first screening.
  • Collaborations – after the success of Kandy in 2014, ideas are now surfacing about projects for 2015. Project pitches will happen at the 24 February meeting – scripts & concepts welcome. Decisions will be made at the meeting.
  • We’re still seeking to put together a register of actors, equipment, locations, crews (skills) and writers. Peter Aland is going to coordinate this – so stay tuned!
  • Kandy still has life in her and script writer, Kellie Jennar, is exploring opportunities for her to be seen further afield.
  • Anyone interested in seeing some of the work of Dubbo Filmmakers members and those who showed work at the 2014 One Eye Film Festival, can check out those who have provided a release to show their films and videos on the OEFF Facebook Page.

All welcome to attend the monthly meetings of Dubbo Filmmakers. We don’t have ‘formal’ membership. We’re simply a collection of amateur and professional video and filmmakers who come together for the love of moving pictures. For more information about Dubbo Filmmakers email Peter.

Dubbo Weekender: Kandy crush

BY KIM V. GOLDSMITH
Published in Dubbo Weekender, 13.09.14

Long lead times are often the hallmark of big screen productions– from inception to screening can often take years. But a group of local filmmakers has been burning the midnight oil to produce a seven-minute feature film in just five months, in time for its premiere in Dubbo in November. The producer shares a glimpse into the creative journey to Kandy: the film.

Read the full story here

Stars for a day

Dubbo Filmmakers Kandy the film

It’s been months of planning, refining and rehearsing (pre-production), and a full day of shooting (production). But now what? The lights have been turned off, the cameras packed up, the rubbish put out and everyone has gone home, resuming their former pre-film lives. Or, have they?

The day of the shoot started before dawn, with minds alert and ticking over all the things that could, should, would happen that day. The first of us arrived on location at 7.30am in time to set up and get the make-up underway. By 9.30am, the 1st AD (assistant director) was calling everyone on to the set and it was sometime after 10am before the cameras were rolling.

The process throughout the rest of the day, was one of positioning cameras and the boom, positioning actors on the set, blocking in movements and positions, adjusting, shooting, reshooting, breaking to dump data from the cameras, whilst dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, refuelling bodies, reviewing scripts and rehearsing lines before the whole process started over again.

Prior the last scene coming to life for the cameras, the clapper presented the last slate of the shoot announcing “We really did it!”. The scene was shot and the producer called “It’s a wrap” at about 5.45pm. No more lines, no more scenes, no more makeup or hairspray required. Time to clean up, pack up and turn out the lights.

Celebrations were had the following night with the wrap party – sharing stories from the set, video spoofs, a glimpse of some of the real action and stills from the day, over champagne and Thai food. There was a feeling of euphoria evident in the unanimous “Yes” to the director’s question about whether we’d do it again.

It has now been several days since the wrap party and we aren’t talking about the lead up to the shoot any more and the stylistic development of our stars – the characters of Kandy: the film. That’s done. Now it’s about the editing process, the soundtrack that needs to be written and the marketing…the trailer, the billing poster, the merchandise, the editorials, online content generation and publicity opportunities. Our cast have probably resumed their previous lives, but for many of the crew, we’re now in full post-production swing with only 10.5 weeks until our debut at the One Eye Film Festival on 14 November.

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Butterflies, production schedules and bandaids

Kandy the film Dubbo FilmmakersWe’re now only about a day out from shooting Kandy and there’s a flurry of activity going on across Dubbo – equipment is being checked, and re-checked, lists are being drawn up and edited, catering is being ordered, tubs are being packed, last-minute wardrobe items are being chased down, the producer is madly sending instructions to the cast and crew…and hopefully someone is remembering to pack the first aid box.

Let’s just hope the first aid box is a precaution – but it’s about planning for the unpredictable. While we’ve had two rehearsals, many meetings, along with pages of email correspondence, scripts have been gone through, reviewed and edited again, you just never know what might happen on the day.

So, while we’re trying to deal with the butterflies by keeping busy with preparations for Saturday, the excitement of that first call of Lights. Camera. Action!, will no doubt let loose another cloud of the flying creatures on the day. Stage nerves are good though – they remind you you’re alive.