Harbouring plans to dominate Tropfest? Reckon you’re the next Peter Weir? Scheming to break the internet? It might be time to rethink your Christmas break.
AFTRS Open — the short course division of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School — is gearing up for its biggest summer school ever. Between November and February, short courses will be offered in every conceivable aspect of filmmaking. They’re all taught by leading industry professionals and conducted in AFTRS’ high-tech facilities. Each course combines theory with loads of hands-on training.
You’re free to choose a course structure that suits you. If you have time on your hands, check out the three-week film or six-week doco schools, both starting in November. There's also the six-week film school in January, and the three-week radio school in February. These are the heavyweights of the program, delivering thorough training in everything from scriptwriting and directing to cinematography and post-production.
Alternatively, if your hectic summer schedule doesn’t leave you much time, opt for a five- or ten-day intensive, focusing on a specific area. There’s a massive range of topics available — from short film screen writing to writing for TV, TV and radio presenting, and prop making and scenic art.
You can view the full Summer School program at the AFTRS Open website.