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Article: Going from Monsters to Godzilla: Director Gareth Edwards gives advice to filmmakers.

Article in No Film
Author: Jo Marine
Published: 30th April
Gareth Edwards, who you might know from his very DIY film Monsters, is back with another monster film, Godzilla. While he’s got quite a bit more money to spend on this project than the last ($160 million versus Monsters which was made for under $1 million), the basic aspects of filmmaking are no different, and regardless of budget, it still takes the same discipline. Gareth, who has been in VFX most of his career, has been working towards his goal of becoming a director from a very early age, and shares some fantastic advice to all filmmakers:

Read the full article here:

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Research: Artfacts

Some golden research into Australia’s arts industry.

It’s time to get the facts.
Art Facts is the new home for statistics about Australian arts. Here you will find a range of facts about Australia’s vibrant arts sectors and the latest trends in art creation, industry, global trade, participation and support.
Explore visual arts and craft statistics: from how many people attend galleries and do visual arts and craft to how much visual artists earn and the international connections of Australian arts practice.
Find out more about music: from what musicians earn to concert ticket sales and how many rock songs were released last year.
Research by The Australia Council


Check out the website here

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Research: Arts Council – Bums on seats

Some more good research from The Arts Council looking at participation in the Arts. It doesn’t include film as thats the realm of Screen Australia but I am assuming that the statistics would have similar results if applied to the film sector as well, and thought the research would be of value to readers of this website.

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Arts in Daily Life: Australian participation in the arts is an independent study commissioned by the Australia Council, which provides insight into how Australians participate in the arts today.

It provides a comparison of shifting attitudes and behaviours by benchmarking the findings in 2013 against those from the original study in 2009.

The outcomes of this study paint a positive picture. Overall engagement with the arts is up and public attitudes to the arts are highly positive. Some of the key results tell us that:

Australians think the arts enrich our lives
Australians value Indigenous arts and there are great opportunities to grow audiences
The arts are important in the lives of Australian children
More Australians are participating in the arts
The Council has a deep commitment to ensuring there is a sound base of evidence to lead and support a national conversation about arts and culture in Australia. We hope this report provides valuable insights and enables you play an active part in this conversation.

You can download the 90 page report here

Book: Shining a Light – 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute

Since its establishment in 1958, the AFI has played a central role in nurturing and supporting both screen culture and production, from the Australian film industry’s small beginnings to its development into an internationally recognised billion dollar industry. Shining a Light maps out the history of the AFI and the wider industry over the past fifty years and explores the relationship of screen culture to a successful production industry.

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The book offers a timely and significant contribution to scholarship on Australian cinema, and is published at a critical time in Australian film history. The authors have interviewed key players on the local scene, undertaken twenty-seven interviews, and sifted through volumes of documentary evidence to chronicle the history of the AFI, its successes and role in Australian screen culture past, present and future.

Check out the website here

Buy the book here
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Media Relase – Fell released online

We have just had the privilege of filming Director Kasimir Burgess and Producer John Maynard and hear them discuss their new feature film Fell.

They have made the bold decision to release the film online. Here is the Media Release. Get your credit cards out and support this intriguing film!
Video interview forthcoming.

THE 61ST SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL & ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE
VOD (VIDEO-ON-DEMAND) STREAMING OF WORLD PREMIERE FILM: FELL

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The 61st Sydney Film Festival and Adelaide Film Festival announce a video-on-demand stream of the Australian feature film Fell direct from its World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival on Tuesday 10 June.

Sydney Film Festival and Adelaide Film Festival will break with tradition and stream online the World Premiere Australian film Fell over the same weekend that it premieres in Official Competition at the State Theatre in Sydney.

“Sydney Film Festival is pleased to offer audiences across Australia the chance to have their own virtual festival premiere screening,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Fell will be available online from the Sydney Film Festival website on the day of the premiere, giving audiences beyond Sydney’s State Theatre access to the World Premiere of this stunning debut feature.”

Fell will screen in high definition to any Internet-enabled device: Smart TV, digital TV, touchscreen tablet, PC, laptop, game console or smartphone. It will be available on streaming for 50 hours from 8pm Friday 13 June EST until 10pm Sunday 15 June AEST. The film will be available to everyone in New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory South Australia and Northern Territory.

“This is a really exciting way to explore the virtual film festival experience with a great new Australian film. We would love to hear about the midnight screening party in Alice Springs through to the matinee session in a living room in Goolwa. Adelaide Film Festival home delivery,” said Adelaide Film Festival Director Amanda Duthie.

“The World Premiere of Fell via the Internet is a game-changer in a multi-screen world. It’s democratic, it’s inclusive and it’s about time,” said the film’s producer, John Maynard.

Fell – more information and trailer: http://fellfilm.com

Sydney Film Festival runs for 12 days from Wednesday 4 June and screens over 190 films across nine venues including the magnificent State Theatre. Over 100 filmmaker guests attend the Festival to take part in talks, panels and Q&As. For the most up-to-date information on screenings and guests visit sff.org.au

Article: Just Something – 22 characteristics of creative people.

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“Top characteristics of…” is a well worn publishers clickbait trick, and so when I came across the Just Something article “22things creative people do differently” it didn’t fill me with too much anticipation.

This one is quite nicely done, with good supporting images, if somewhat predictable, but what was more interesting is reading the lengthy comments section, for some robust debate on the definition of creativity, and there is some discussion as to why creativity too often refers to ‘art’ and not ‘science’.

Enjoy the article here, published in Just Something on April 30th.

Article: IndieWire – “Hot Docs: 9 Tips On How To Make Your First Documentary” by Marshall Curry

Delighted to see this article by one of my Originators, Marshall Curry, expanding on some of the topics we discussed at our Panel Session at DocWeek back in February.

Below is the first paragraph, and then Marshall proceeds to give 9 excellent tips that will help all of us, whether you are a doco or feature filmmaker, in developing your project.
Read the full article here, published in IndieWire on April 30th 2014 in an article by Paula Bernstein.

You’ve got a great story idea for a documentary, but aren’t sure how to pursue it. Today at Hot Docs in Toronto, Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry, who is at Hot Docs with his latest project “Point and Shoot,” moderated a panel discussion featuring first-time filmmakers with films screening at Hot Docs: Amar Wala (“The Secret Trial 5,”) William Westaway (“Writer With No Hands”) and Clare Young (“From the Bottom of the Lake”). 

While the focus of the panel was on creative and funding challenges, Curry steered the discussion to provide helpful hints for aspiring documentary directors in the audience wondering how they can get their project off the ground.

Enjoy.