Foxtel & Matchbox Pictures Confirm She Shoots Attachments

Jul 4 2016

She Shoots, a new program to address the gender disparity in commercial unscripted television camera and sound departments, kicked off with a two-week camera and sound workshop at AFTRS.

Eight participants - six camera and two sound recordists - were selected for this initiative from 57 applicants:  Tamara Penniket, Charu Menon, Lara Del Arte, Alison Plasto, Gemma Thornton, Kaye Harrison, Aimee Mullins and Claudia Pickering.

Foxtel has confirmed it will fund two six-week attachments on its programs, with other industry partners including Matchbox Pictures also to host attachments.  Foxtel will contribute up to $20,000 for two attachments and VA Digital Hire will sponsor equipment hire.

A partnership between Screen NSW, AFTRS, Women NSW, Foxtel, VA Digital Hire and the Executive Women’s Television Group, She Shoots gives training and professional development opportunity for female industry practitioners in the area of camera and sound for reality TV.

The students are benefiting from access to AFTRS state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, plus cameras donated FOC by VA Digital Hire. Over the two weeks, the participants are learning from industry experts including senior producer Alenka Henry (My Kitchen Rules, Gogglebox andRecipe 2 Riches 2), sound recordist Jeremy Ireland (Audio Director/Supervisor on Survivor CBS), director of photography Tim Hawkins (seven seasons of My Kitchen Rules, The Bachelor S4, Sixty Minutes, Sunday Night and House Rules S2), and director Kate Douglas-Walker (Celebrity Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing UK). 

The course facilitator, Janos Jersch, has been a lighting cameraman and a shooter producer in the documentary and commercial production sector for 15 years and has extensive knowledge in all film and digital formats.  He is a regular tutor at AFTRS and runs the School’s popular TV Shooter Producer course.

The course participants are visiting the sets of Australia’s Next Top Model and The Voice and will spend time in post-production on Channel Seven’s new production Zumbo’s Just Desserts.

As part of the course, Women NSW will offer support to graduates, through its partnership with the support network SALT – Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen. The project aligns closely to the work of Women NSW, especially to the agency’s women in trades strategy.

Josie Mason-Campbell, Foxtel’s Head of Production and Development, said: “Foxtel is thrilled to part of a gender equality initiative in the television production sector. We work with a range of industry bodies to support programs which sustain actors, directors, writers, producers and the next generation of students. Finding the best talent to work on our Australian productions is a priority for us, and nurturing that up and coming talent to learn more and be creatively inspired through this AFTRS program is very exciting for the future of our industry.”  


Image: Photo from AFTRS She Shoots
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