AFTRS Open courses: Oct / Nov

2014-09-28_2339Industry professionals including Director Peter Andrikidis (Janet King, Underbelly, The Straits), presenter Tracey Spicer (SKY News, TEN News) and Director / Producer Jimmy Foggo (River Cottage Australia, Made in Chelsea) are amongst those leading AFTRS Open short courses in Sydney.

If you’re looking to expand your skill base the Australian Film Television and Radio school offers 71 specialist TV courses covering everything from initial idea right through to post-production.

Next week:

Directing Actors with Peter Andrikidis (pictured) is a chance to learn from one of the most awarded and busiest TV directors in Australia. Peter Andrikidis, is just finishing post production on Alex and Eve a comedy feature film due for release in 2015, and his vast credits include Fat Tony and Co, Janet King and Serangoon Road. Peter’s four-day AFTRS Open masterclass offers directors the opportunity to extend their skills, especially in the area of working with actors and performance for camera. Working in a small class environment, Peter has a reputation as being a great “actor’s director”, getting excellent performances from actors and bringing exciting visual flair to each production he undertakes. (Tue 7 – Fri 10 October)


TV Shooter Producer Workshop is a weekend intensive is taken by Jimmy Foggo who is currently working on the shoot of River Cottage 2. Many Reality/Observational documentary series now employ ‘Shooter/Producers’ so this skill set is in high demand. This AFTRS Open course is designed to get production folk up to speed on camera and sound quickly, and teaches them how to apply their new skills in environments where they have little or no control on what they have to shoot. (18 – 20 October)

Writing for Children’s TV has an impressive line-up of lecturers with Melanie Alexander, currently working for SLR Productions on Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs, and Guess How Much I Love You Series 2 plus guest lecturers Chris Rose, Commissioning Editor at ABC TV Children’s, plus Dance Academy Producer Samantha Strauss. Who better to give you information and skills relevant to this specialist area of the TV industry? (18 – 26 October)

Writing for Factual TV is taught by Paul Hawker, currently working for Heiress Films as Post Producer on Making Families Happy, the follow-on series from Making Australia Happy and Making Couples Happy. This course is all about developing and honing the skills of post-production writing for factual TV. It’s designed for aspiring “post producers” who wish to develop high level story structure and writing skills, and “predators” (producer/editors) – a role in the world of factual TV, requiring not only technical editing skills but also writing.


Drama Production Management with Lorelle Adamson, currently production manager on feature film The Daughter, is a five day course offering a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the Production Manager in TV drama and feature film production. It teaches vital skills and knowledge for anyone wanting to be a producer as well.

TV Presenting: Advanced Skills is with Tracey Spicer, one of the most experienced TV presenters in the country and who is currently appearing on Sky News. This course is designed for reporters, journalists, you-tubers and actors who already have some on-camera/presenting experience and want to hone their skills. Tracey provides practical experience, individual coaching and a broad range of practical tips and tools to help further your presenting career.

Details of all TV courses can be found on the AFTRS Open website

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