AFTRS: Summer School

If you need to brush up on Camera, Sound, Lighting, Presenting, Editing or Writing, here's an idea for your summer break.

2014-10-30_0107AFTRS Open is running a series of five-day introductory workshops in Sydney throughout January as part of its Summer School for TV, film and radio.

This could be a smart way to utilise your summer if you’re looking to work in the TV industry, or already have a foot in the door but need new skills.

TV Summer School tutors are professionals currently working in the industry. Jimmy Foggo, who’s most recent credit is River Cottage, will be teaching TV Camera, Sound & Lighting Skills for upcoming Shooter/Producers.

“I remember starting out in TV and having so many questions,” says Jimmy. ”I didn’t know where to start or even who to ask. I hope that using my personal experience I can share my knowledge plus influence and shape more talented and conscientious producers of television in Australia. I also love how teaching has improved my own knowledge and ability, forcing me to question why I do things the way I do and how I can do them better.”

Jutta Goetze who has worked as a writer in the industry over 20 years and is currently script editing The Kettering Incident (Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films, to be shown on Foxtel in 2015) will be teaching Writing for TV Intensive.

“Because I’ve worked in television for more years than I will admit to (think ‘Skyways’ and ‘Cop Shop’), I teach from both a creative and a formatted perspective. And from experience,” says Jutta. “I think that students will walk away from the Writing for TV Intensive course with a better understanding of the television industry, in the way scripts are written, and I hope they will have learned a certain amount of tools to continue working on their own ideas. I do not have any magic formulas. I place a huge emphasis on hard work and preparation. It’s a great course to introduce a student to the craft, and to give them an idea of whether they want to study further. I think it will also give them a greater insight into their own scripts and perhaps the roles they may want to pursue – whether it’s as writer, script editor or story producer.”

Details of all the TV courses in AFTRS Open Summer School below.

TV Camera, Sound & Lighting Skills

Anyone entering the TV industry now needs to be able to do it all. This one-week intensive covers essential TV production skills, including the basics of lighting, camera and sound recording, pre-production for Field Shooters/Producers and interviewing basics. Course tutor Jimmy Foggo has a long list of credits and is currently working on River Cottage (Foxtel). This is based on our extremely popular TV Shooter/Producer course with added bells and whistles!
“This course was absolutely excellent in terms of equipment, expertise and content.” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 5 – Fri 9 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $995 ($895 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Intro to TV & Radio Presenting

Develop your own unique on-air persona and learn skills to develop your career in the media. This course combines AFTRS Open’s regular ‘Introduction to TV Presenting’ and ‘Announcing and Presentation’ courses plus a day of our ‘Voice Over’ course into one intensive week.
“I learned so much and pushed myself on challenging my comfort zones. This course has reignited my drive and desire to take my passions to the next level!” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 12 – Fri 16 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $1,200 ($1,080 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

TV Editing: Avid Media Composer

Get up to speed fast with the TV-industry standard editing software, Avid Media Composer.This accredited, five-day intensive teaches you everything from editing basics to fine-tuning, adding audio and transitions, outputting your finished project, and handling multi-camera editing.
“Fantastic overview of the system – great mix of theory and practical.” – Summer School Student 2014
Date: Mon 12 – Fri 16 January // Time: 9am – 5pm // Cost: $1,400 ($1,260 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Writing for TV Intensive 

Take your TV show idea to the next level!Learn the fundamentals of a creating viable and original TV drama or comedy series concept in this five-day intensive course withJutta Goetze (The Kettering Incident).
“A well-structured course with a knowledgeable teacher happy to share her experiences.”
Date: Mon 19 – Fri 23 January // Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm // Cost $850 ($765 Early Bird / Industry Discount)

Book Early to guarantee a spot and to receive a 10% Early Bird Discount for bookings made at last 28 days in advance. Multi-course discounts are also available if you sign up for two or more Summer School courses before 5 December 2014 and receive an extra 5% discount. Call 1300 065 281 to receive this discount.

To view all short courses visit the AFTRS Open website

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