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.


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 a screening of your film.


"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"


Pearl Tan is the director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films and producing videos for businesses and arts organisations. She was named one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in 2016 and delivered a TEDx talk on reimagining diversity in 2017. She is the creator behind the award winning YouTube series ‘Minority Box’, directed numerous short films which have screened internationally and is directing the feature film ‘The Casting Game’ in 2017. She held the position of Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee for two years, sits on the National Performers Committee for Actors Equity and is the Diversity Patron for Women in Film and Television (WIFT). She graduated from the NIDA Acting course in 2005. Originally from Western Australia, she also holds a Communications degree majoring in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University. In 2009 she received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to attend the New York Film Academy. In 2016 she completed a Master of Commerce on a Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship at the University of Sydney. She teaches filmmaking and screen acting at NIDA, AFTRS and Actors Centre Australia. She has worked behind the scenes for Channel 7, Channel 9, Network 10, Perth’s 96fm and Faith Martin Casting.



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

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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and 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.