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Production & Operations

Behind the scenes of 'Sweet Tooth' | Dir. Shannon Ashlyn | Photo: David Collins

The Production & Operations team comprises Production, Facilities, Technology and Finance teams. The team works collaboratively to ensure that the School’s infrastructure is fit for purpose to support delivery of the highly practical, future-focussed and industry aligned student learning experience the school is known for.

With a largely internal focus, this division brings together the technology, production and facilities team to enable a whole-of-school infrastructure that facilitates the practical delivery of AFTRS curriculum against industry best practice, whilst also having an eye on the future and innovation. The division supports strategic planning at AFTRS by developing long-range financial plans and providing visibility and controls around facilities and equipment utilisation, capital and asset management, and investment planning. Externally, the team works with industry and tertiary partners to seek expertise and benchmark on the industry alignment of its facilities and production methods and to ensure safe and equitable access to AFTRS facilities.

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    Shomal Parekh

    Shomal is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of finance e...

    Shomal Parekh

    Shomal is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of finance experience primarily across the media, advertising and education industries. He has both Australian and international experience, having worked…

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    Chief Operations Officer

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    Production & Operations

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    Ed Hughes

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    Ed Hughes

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    Head of Technology Operations

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    Production & Operations

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    Jan Goldfeder

    Jan has over twenty years of experience in production management, large sc...

    Jan Goldfeder

    Jan has over twenty years of experience in production management, large scale events, theatre and film. His career is varied. During the nineties, he was a professional musician with a…

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    Head of Production Operations

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    Production & Operations

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    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary f...

    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary film and television productions. She produced the feature film Undertow (2018) which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Hot…

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    Head of Producing and Production

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Shisheer Kishore

    Shisheer Kishore is a technology leader experienced in IT Service manageme...

    Shisheer Kishore

    Shisheer Kishore is a technology leader experienced in IT Service management who is recognized for the ability to work with a diverse stakeholder groups to enable collaboration. Majority of his…

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    A/g Head of Business Applications and Infrastructure

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    Production & Operations

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    Peter Bianchino

    Peter is a facilities and project manager who has over 20 years’ experie...

    Peter Bianchino

    Peter is a facilities and project manager who has over 20 years’ experience in high tech and industrial manufacturing. He has worked for large international organisations such as Technicolor Australia…

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    Head of Facilities

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    Production & Operations

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    Alex Hardaker

    Growing up in film and TV, Alex did his first commercial at age 6 and has ...

    Alex Hardaker

    Growing up in film and TV, Alex did his first commercial at age 6 and has continued to work on both sides of the camera since then. He has been…

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    Technical Support Supervisor

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    Production & Operations

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    Annie Wright

    Annie Wright has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and has worked in Film, T...

    Annie Wright

    Annie Wright has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and has worked in Film, TV and Theatre for nearly 30 years. She is a Designer, Scenic artist/Set finisher, Prop Maker, Special…

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    Props Maker/Property Master

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    Tutors, Production & Operations

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    Chelsea Pearce

    Chelsea Pearce has worked in Post Production for the past 8 years in the U...

    Chelsea Pearce

    Chelsea Pearce has worked in Post Production for the past 8 years in the UK and Australia. Originally from London, she has gained video editing skills and industry experience from…

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    Video Post Officer

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    Production & Operations

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    Con Despinidic

    Con Despinidic has been with AFTRS since 2007. Since starting out as House...

    Con Despinidic

    Con Despinidic has been with AFTRS since 2007. Since starting out as House Electrician he has since progressed to his current role of Maintenance Manager. He enjoys the variety in…

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    Building Maintenance Manager

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    Production & Operations

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    Geetha Natarajan

    Geetha has 13+ years of IT experience, of which 8+ years of Project Manage...

    Geetha Natarajan

    Geetha has 13+ years of IT experience, of which 8+ years of Project Management Experience exercised in multinational technology and professional services environments. A PRINCE2 Certified and PMP trained professional.…

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    CRM Program Manager

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    Production & Operations

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    Peter Humble

    Peter has a background as a performing artist as well as a history in cros...

    Peter Humble

    Peter has a background as a performing artist as well as a history in cross disciplinary practice working between film, video, sound & music. He is the founder of Workshop…

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    Video Post Officer

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    Production & Operations

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    River Heart

    River is a creative with a love for design, film and storytelling. River r...

    River Heart

    River is a creative with a love for design, film and storytelling. River recently joined the Production Support Team as Production Support Coordinator on a part time basis after helping…

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    Production Resources Coordinator

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    Production & Operations

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    Kym Louise Barton

    Kym-Louise was appointed Sales and Distribution Manager at AFTRS in 2014. ...

    Kym Louise Barton

    Kym-Louise was appointed Sales and Distribution Manager at AFTRS in 2014. She works closely with students and alumni to distribute, licence and promote their work at film festivals and with…

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    Sales & Distribution Manager

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    Production & Operations

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    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more r...

    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more recently the Producing department. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the Editing department as First…

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    Lecturer - Editing and Post-Production Coordinator

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – D...

    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – Directing & Screenwriting, 2009) and an experienced producer and development executive. Robbie spent several years working in Los Angeles…

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    Lecturer – Production

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Simon Gray

    Simon Gray works in the Technical Equipment Store: the ‘equipment librar...

    Simon Gray

    Simon Gray works in the Technical Equipment Store: the ‘equipment library’ of AFTRS. As a Technical Store Officer, he is responsible for a wide variety of camera, lighting and sound…

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    Technical Store Officer

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    Production & Operations

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    Wayne Smith

    Wayne has been working in the film and television industry for over 35 yea...

    Wayne Smith

    Wayne has been working in the film and television industry for over 35 years. As part of his role as Production Support Supervisor he is responsible for the effective utilisation…

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    Production Support Supervisor

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    Production & Operations