To open the current newsletter some advice from actor Tom Hardy…
Tom Hardy’s comment is fitting, as this term we’ve been concentrating on what happens around the words as much as the words themselves. Words are merely spoken thoughts – it’s what happens on our faces and in our eyes when we formulate the words we speak that is interesting and informative.
Term 2 completes on Saturday June 25, and Term 3 commences from Tuesday July 12.
Fee Deposits: It would be greatly appreciated if all ongoing students pay a $50 deposit off their Term 3 fees. This leaves only the balance of fees to pay when classes return in two weeks and most importantly helps the school to remain fully functional over the semester break.
Film Acting Master Class Screenings
After the long wait while the school transitioned from tape based editing to the computer based Premiere Pro CC system, the junior and the teen-adult master classes were finally completed and screened for cast, crew, family and friends on Friday May 20.
After a good reception to both films, some of the junior students’ parents mentioned how surprised they were at the quality of the films and the acting; especially with the inexperienced junior students, where the kids had only one day of pre-production and three days of filming to tell the entire story.
The teen-adult master class Happy Halloween ran for only one evening of pre-production and two full Sunday’s of recording both at the studio and on location at Bungan Castle. The cast were all experienced so the shorter production schedule wasn’t an issue when it came to creating dynamic performances.
DVD slick for Happy Halloween…
Prufrock & Co
All of the students working on Greg Perano’s film please be advised that Greg is raising funds to complete the next phase of production. As soon as the film is ready to roll again, Greg will contact everyone with the next recording dates. The location at Irrawong Reserve, North Narrabeen, remains the same.
Children’s School Holiday Workshop
The next junior workshop runs from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15, July (9:30 am to 5:00 pm) although children can be dropped as early as 8:30 am and picked up by 6:00 pm, by arrangement.
Booking are open and places are still available – and the workshop fee of $375 includes an edited copy of the film on DVD.
The Smartfone 3 film festival is open for entries until August 1
Last year’s inaugural Smartfone Flick Fest was a great success – and festival directors Ali Crew and Angela Blake have an even bigger event lined up for the festival’s second year.
SF3 entries can only be recorded on Smartphones or tablets. The results are impressive as you can see in the SF3 trailer below…
You all have Smartphones or tablets. So why not do something creative over the semester break and make a short film? Someone has to win this year’s SF3. It may as well be you!
Films on DVD
Spotlight (USA: 2015) Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery. Directed by Tom McCarthy.
Spotlight follows the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States, and it’s investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sexual abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. The series of stories the Spotlight team published – while under attack from the status quo – won the Boston Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Spotlight is a powerful , eye-opening film for 15 years to adult; and even though the events depicted took place in 2000 and 2001, the subject matter is highly relevant today as the problem is still endemic worldwide – as demonstrated by the findings of the current Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse.
’71 (UK: 2014) Starring Jack O’Connell, Richard Dormer, Paul Anderson. Directed by Yann Demange.
’71 tells the story of a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast at the height of the Troubles in 1971. Powerful and graphic, ’71 exposes the utter confusion and division of lines in the beleaguered city. If you’re 15 years to adult and you enjoy gripping drama, then ’71 won’t disappoint.