Join our latest collaboration

Dubbo Filmmakers are launching a new collaborative project, To the End of the Earth, and we are inviting anyone who would be interested in collaborating.

To the End of the Earth is planned as a 6-part (initially) web series and is our most ambitious project to date. We are inviting people of all ages (16 and over) and experience levels who have an interest in filmmaking. Below is our invitational trailer.

You could be interested in:

  • writing
  • acting
  • directing
  • sound/camera
  • editing
  • not sure but I want to have a go/find out more

Our first collaboration workshop was held on Sunday March 24, 2019 with a great group of new and experienced filmmakers. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

First collaborative workshop for To the End of the Earth, March 24, 2019

We are still looking for people wanting to be part of the project, including actors of all ages.

If you would like to be part of the project, complete the form below so we can keep you posted. You will be required to sign a release form as part of your participation (if you are under 18, it will need to be signed by a parent/guardian/carer).

You are not obligated to participate in the project going forward if you choose not to be.

Click here to email us if you would like additional information.

Young filmmakers – enter Bilched Film Festival!

Young filmmakers from Dubbo and surrounds are invited to enter the Bilched Film Festival for a chance to share in $800 in prizes. The Bilched Film Festival is part of the regional screenings of the Aussie teen comedy, Bilched. To enter you need to:

  • be 15 to 25 years
  • submit your film by 04-03-2019

For details and to enter, visit:

http://www.bilched.com/festival.php

Bilched the feature film is a wild ride through the last days of year 12 with anti-hero Hal alongside his slacker/jock mates. Amongst the hilarious universal teenage stupidity and chaos of the penultimate end of school house party it becomes glaringly obvious Hal needs to stop cruising through life to face his fears and follow his heart.

Bilched screens in Dubbo 11/3/2019 at 1st Dubbo Scout Hall, 28 Welchman St, Dubbo. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from:

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/bilched/229346

This short video is a behind the scenes peak at the young filmmaker behind the film:

Dubbo Filmmakers roaring into 2019

After a busy and successful 2018, members of Dubbo Filmmakers have already made a mark in 2019.

Are you interested in filmmaking? Join our Facebook group to stay up-to-date with what’s going on. No experience necessary:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/336929136407969/ 

Oorjjam receives special jury award at international festival

Jose Sunny’s short film, Oorjjam, which premiered at the 2018 All Sorts program, was selected for the Don Bosco International Short Film Festival in Kollam, India. The Malayalam language film received the Special Jury Award, which was accepted by Mr Wilson Myloth, on behalf of Jose, from the Mayor of Kollam. Oorjjam was screened as part of the film festival in January, 2019. Congratulations to Jose and all the cast and crew.

Oorjjam is an interpretation of an Einstein theory that states energy can not be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to another. The film is a journey through energy, using the characters to describe the journey.

Follow more of Jose’s projects here:

https://monsantojoe.wixsite.com/weekend-fun-prod

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Connection selected for Short and Sweet Festival in Utah

Another member of Dubbo Filmmakers, Erifili Davis, had her short film Connection selected for the Short and Sweet film festival in Utah, USA. This is the second year in a row that one of Erifili’s films has been selected by the film festival, with her short film Space, directed by Margaret Anderson and co-produced with Kellie Jennar, selected and screened at the 2018 film festival.

Connection is a romantic comedy about a socially awkward young man who decides to confess his feelings to the free spirited object of his affections after just a few dates with things not going quite as planned. It was screened at the Short and Sweet Film Festival in January, 2019.

Follow more of Erifili’s projects here:

https://www.facebook.com/QuickSmartPublishing

Writers selected for performance writing  residency

Multi-talented members of Dubbo Filmmakers, Kellie Jennar and Lee Robinson, are two of eight participants selected for the 2019 Live Words Residency Program.

Live Words is a performance writing collective which aims to improve the performance writing skills of writers, and the development of performance-ready scripts in regional NSW. Participants will be mentored over 12 months by dramaturges Johanna Williams and Kay Nankervis, to write a performance ready full-length play.

Fiona Green and Maryanne Jaques will coordinate the program.

Live Words has been made possible by grants through Writing NSW and Create NSW.

Congratulations to Kellie and Lee.

Follow more of Kellie’s projects here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelliejennar/

 

Script to Screen – subsidised filmmaking workshops

Thanks to a grant from Create NSW, and sponsorship from the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Filmmakers is able to offer a series of subsidised film production workshops in Dubbo. These workshops will be facilitated by industry professionals and will give participants the opportunity to build hands-on experience. You can choose to participate in as many of the workshops as you want.

The workshops are ideal for beginner to intermediate skill levels.

The workshops are listed below with links to further details. Similar workshops in Sydney would typically cost $500 to $800 PER DAY.

Click here to send an email if you would like more information.

Screen Producing Workshop

December 8 @ 9:00 am – December 9 @ 5:00 pm

Screen Producing Workshop

Directing Workshop

December 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Directing Workshop

Filming Workshop

January 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am – January 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Filming Workshop

Film Editing Workshop

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – January 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Film Editing Workshop

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

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.

Stars for a day

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.

 

Final Kandy rehearsal before the shoot

The cast and crew of Kandy had two hours to do one final rehearsal before shooting the short feature film – next weekend.

It was a jam-packed two hours of meeting the hairdresser, having the first round of publicity photos taken, making wardrobe decisions, a round-table read-through (sans scripts) and finally a rehearsal shoot, complete with lighting.

Despite learning that there’s a lot of sitting around on set during these productions, the energy levels were high in anticipation of the polish required for the final performance in front of the cameras in a week’s time.

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First rehearsal for cast & crew of Kandy

It was the first rehearsal for the cast and crew of Kandy today – a full-on two hours on location to introduce ourselves to each other, run through the production schedule, read through, block in scenes, work out camera logistics, make some big decisions about styling and wardrobe and to generally get a feel for what will be an intensive few weeks in production.

The cast is:
Kandy – Billie Palin
Violet – Erifili Davis
Valerie – Brenda Allen
T-Bone – Justin Riley

One more rehearsal is planned before the shoot starts on 30 August. It’s an important time for the production, with every single member of cast and crew now impacting on everyone else involved. It’s down to business, and the reality that the film business isn’t really all that glamorous!

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