Filmmaking Intensive

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In this five day filmmaking intensive, you'll get busy in the AFTRS state-of-the-art studio and take a short film script from page to screen.

What You Will Learn
Experienced industry filmmakers will guide students with lectures and fast paced practical exercises to conquer the major areas of directing, cinematography, and post production using Adobe Premiere Pro and the AFTRS professional sound Mix Theatre.

You’ll learn how to analyse, break down, and rehearse a short script, to plan a shoot and work within a budget, work with real actors, dress a set, record sound, and get the inside scoop on the inner workings of crew roles and a film set.

You’ll get hands-on experience operating HD cameras, attending production meetings, and working with professional picture & sound editors all while collaborating to create, light, shoot and - most important - finish a short film.

At week’s end, students are encouraged to invite family & friends to our AFTRS Open Summer School 'Graduation' Screening.

Student Feedback
"The course was great. The facilities and lecturers were fantastic. The facilities were the top of the line"

"After completing the course, I gained a deeper insight on the whole process of filmmaking"

"Fantastic experience! All teachers were extremely helpful and lovely"

About the Lecturer: Lucy Gaffy

Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has been working in the industry for over seven years across a broad range of productions including short films, documentaries, long-form projects and television commercials. She was 2009 recipient of the European Union Travel Scholarship to travel to the DocPoint Festival in Helsinki to show her Documentary "Century Witness" and in 2010 was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild award and received an AFI nomination for her film The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock which subsequently screened at over 60 International Festivals. Lucy was a recipient of the 2012 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund with which she made her award-winning short The Gift. Lucy received her second Directors Guild nomination for her short film The Fence which subsequently premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. Most recently Lucy was awarded Hot Shots funding through Screen Australia for her proof of concept short Dream Baby which she completed in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded the ADG Attachment on the CJZ Production of the Channel Nine Mini Series BOND.



10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.