Still from 'Deadbeat Dads' featuring three dads of varying ages Still from 'Deadbeat Dads' retrieved from the DeadBeat Dads Facebook Page

Feb 21 2012

On offer for the recent AFTRS grads who teamed up to create a pitch for the one80 project in the form of a pilot called Deadbeat Dads is a significant cash prize along with the opportunity to have their idea turned into an hour-long drama produced and aired on MTV Australia, Optus ZOO and mobile portals.

The enterprising crew comprised of:

  • Kent Pearson (Screenwriting) 
  • Shelley McLaren (Screenwriting
  • Ben Mathews (Directing)
  • Josh Flavell (Cinematography)
  • Kavi Jarrott (Production Design)
  • Anil Griffin (Editing)
  • Damian Del Borrello (Sound)
  • Chad Gock (Screen Music)
  • Damian Smith (Cinematography)
  • Emma Paine (Cinematography)
  • Nicky Bartos (Foundation)

Ross Grayson Bell - Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS said this of the team and the pitch, "Deadbeat Dads is a story about what happens when a single mother passes away, and her children's three absent fathers move in together to raise the children as a family. Whether they win or not, this is a show that should be on TV!"

The winner will be announced on March 18. Can't wait ...


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