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Tools and insights for starting in the industry

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    Getting started: Film, TV, online and interactive

    • July 2015
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    Information for newcomers and industry professionals looking to develop their skills or make content in Australia and includes: I want to be a filmmaker/content creator; I have an idea; I need a team; I’m ready to make a project in Australia; History of film in Australia Complete list of resources.

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    Story documents: drama

    • January 2015
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    A guide to writing synopses, treatments, scriptments and outlines for drama.

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    What is a Synopsis? Outline? Treatment?

    • September 2013
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    A guide to writing synopses,treatments, scriptments and outlines for documentary

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    I've got a Great Idea for a Film

    • 2015
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    A guide to translate your idea into a screenplay is often the lengthiest part of the filmmaking process.

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    Development plans and producer statement

    • July 2015
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    A guide to preparing script development notes on a project from the writer, director and script editor as well as the producer. Essential for applicants for Screen Australia Story Development funding, but also a useful read for anyone wishing to communicate progress on their project at development stage.

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    Encore Directory

    A comprehensive directory of producers, directors, personnel, companies, facilities and organisations in the film, television and digital media industries.

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    Terms of Trade

    • July 2015
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    Screen Australia's Terms of Trade provide guidance on how the agency will transact its business. They supplement the guidelines applying to particular programs and are reflected in Screen Australia’s contracts.

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    The Production Book

    A contact and information provider for personnel, facilities and services in the Australian film, TV, advertising and digital media industries. Now available on iPad.

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    Short courses at AFTRS

    AFTRS OPEN, the short course program of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, offers a broad range of short courses for people just starting out in the industry as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to enhance their skills. Courses take place at AFTRS in Sydney and across the country.

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    Curious works

    CuriousWorks is a unique arts company celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity. Using film, theatre, digital spaces and education, we help communities tell their own stories.

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    Film Victoria

    Film Victoria provides strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television and digital media sectors of Victoria.  We invest in projects and people, and promote Victoria as a world-class production destination nationally and internationally.

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    Screen NSW

    Screen NSW is established to assist, promote and strengthen the screen industry in NSW so as to promote Australia's cultural identity, encourage employment in all aspects of screen production, encourage investment in the industry, enhance the industry's export potential, encourage innovation and enhance quality in the industry.

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    Screen Queensland

    Screen Queensland facilitates and celebrates quality film and television production in Queensland. We develop and support the local screen industry, attract production to Queensland, and celebrate an active screen culture across the State.

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    South Australia Film Corporation

    SAFC are to foster the creation and delivery of critically acclaimed and commercially successful ideas, moving images and sound for any viewing medium; to support the SA screen industry in a dynamic and responsive manner and to optimise opportunities for production & post-production in this state.

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    ScreenWest

    ScreenWest is Western Australia's screen funding and development agency, committed to working in partnership with the screen industry to develop, support and promote film, television and digital media production in Western Australia.

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    Screen Tasmania

    Screen Tasmania supports and develops the state's film, television and multimedia industries by increasing the amount of independent screen production occurring in Tasmania.

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    Screen ACT

    ScreenACT, the ACT Office of Film, Television and Digital Media, is responsible for implementing industry development initiatives, providing location production support and working with other states on potential partnering projects.

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    Screen Territory

    Screen Territory is the Northern Territory Government's screen industry agency responsible for supporting and developing the film, television and digital media industries within the Territory.

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    Open Channel

    Open Channel is Victoria’s independent screen industry skills centre. A not for profit, membership-based organisation, Open Channel connects emerging and early career filmmakers to professional practice through professional development, events and networking. We identify emerging talent, developing people and projects from across Victoria, including those from diverse Aboriginal language groups.

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    The Media Resource Centre

    South Australia's Centre for Emerging Filmmakers and Screen Culture.

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    WA Screen Academy

    WA Screen Academy, part of Edith Cowan University offering courses in Film and Video.

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    FTI

    A member of Screen Network, FTI provides an alternative pathway to the film, television interactive and games industries through education, exhibition, equipment and production resources and is supported by its membership, corporate partners, ScreenWest and Screen Australia. 

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    Wide Angle Tasmania

    Wide Angle Tasmania is the state’s screen development organisation.  It is a not-for-profit organisation that nurtures local talent by providing WAT members with advice and production initiatives.  We also provide access to film production equipment for members and non-members.

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    Screen ArtsHub

    Screen ArtsHub is Australia’s leading portal for professionals working within the arts

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    Australian TV jobs

    A job site where employers and candidates can find each other for media and productions roles.

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    The Loop

    Australia's largest professional creative community, listing jobs and gigs in the media and the arts.

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    At a Glance: A Comprehensive A-Z guide to the Producer Offset

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    Combines a glossary of terms with clear guidance on what is, and is not, qualifying Australian production expenditure (QAPE).

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    Notes On Notes: Supporting Materials for Development Applications

    • 2014
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    Thorough, specific supporting notes are essential for the assessment of an application for development funding.

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    A-Z Budget - Feature Films

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    This budget is for all feature films (including documentary features). This budget template is intended for all projects, regardless of whether you are applying for the Producer Offset or not.

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    Finance Template - Documentary

    • 2012
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    A template for Documentary budgeting.

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    Finance Template - Documentary Producer Equity Program

    • 2012
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    A documentary finance plan for PEP applications only.

  • Producer Offset: 101

    • 2012

    A short animation setting out how the Producer Offset works and how it affects the ongoing stake producers have in their projects.

  • Mastering Comedy: Francis Veber in conversation with Steve Kaplan

    • Oct 2011

    Watch master of comedy, Francis Veber, In Conversation with Steve Kaplan, expert on comedy and Hollywood script consultant and teacher. Oscar-nominated writer and director Francis Veber was a guest of Screen Australia in association with Film Art Media and MIFF 37 South at MIFF.

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