Recently a little bit of Hollywood descended
on the small town of Bingara. The newly renovated Roxy theatre
was the venue for this year's combined Silent Cells, Reel life
and Northwest film festivals. Representing the best of our
statewide, nationwide and regional film talent. The newly formed
Armidale film school was the outstanding performer in a highly
competitive field featuring some 45 entries from all over
N.S.W. The narrative film category was won by Nicola Alter for
her short drama “ Drive” second place was won by Meredith Adams
and Lez Morris for the very melodramatic spoof “ Days of Living
“ a comical send up of the American day time television soaps.
The documentary section was won by the stunning rock documentary
“5/4 – slight return” Directed by Jason Dunbar and featuring the
collective talents of the A.F.T.V.S certificate 2 class. This
film sets a benchmark for Certificate 2 class the 5 camera live
concert coverage is amazing considering all the students
involved are part time and in their first year of film study.
Coming second in the tightly run documentary section was Keaton
Stewarts classy doco “Rock & Enrol”. This seven-minute film is a
sharp contemporary vehicle for Keaton's enormous talent in the
field of special effects. Showcasing his kaleidoscopic vision
and tight editing ability.
Other major wins for the Armidale team were a Second place for
Nicola Alter’s visionary “Creation and Destruction” an animated
film, which easily wins hearts with it’s stunning technique and
( Guess who’s got the hots for what’s in the wok )
The success of this years Armidale film school entrants is
indicative of the quality of our regional young film makers and
the great job being done by Armidale TAFE in setting up and
running the film school. Credit and thanks go to Faculty Manager
Bob Pendreigh, Head Teacher Sue Knox and the Teaching staff for
encouraging our developing filmmakers.
You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is
As your deed is, so is your destiny
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV .4.5
Peter Pan to Open Refurbished
The student production of Peter Pan has been chosen to open
the newly refurbished Belgrave cinema. The new plush seats
being installed will; I’m sure be much appreciated with a
running time of three hours. Shelley Witting and Dan Wales
are editing the film of the play. The mammoth task involves
cutting more than twelve hours of tape down to three hours.
Four cameras were used to record the play in its entirety.
The production was a polished effort involving some of
Armidale’s most noteworthy closet thespians. All gave
outstanding performances. Special note should be made of the
sublime subtlety of the performances of Richard Torbay as
Peter Pan and Phillip Hanna as Hook.
Prime time on Austar
Local country music artist Brock Colley chose the students
from certificate 4 led by Director Keaton Stewart and
Producer Jessilee Rice to make the film clip for his latest
single “ Gotta take a minute”.
The clip was shot on location at NERAM and in the studios of
the film school, using industry standard effects and
compositing tools in post production.
After editing the clip, it was sent to Sydney special
effects house Frame Set & Match for final grade and the
addition of film grain using Silicon Graphics “Flame” super
computer. The results are stunning. Country Music
Channel, executive producer Tim Darling was so impressed
with the clip he described it as “the best clip he has
ever received for an independent artist”.
The clip has been placed on high rotation/prime time for the
next eight months.
Equipment has been ordered for the new television studio at
the AFTVS campus @ Newling. It is hoped that the studio will
be completed in time for the 2005 Special effects Summer
Teacher Stephen Dobson has described the new facility as the
first step in the establishment of a Community Television
station. “ It will give students a unique facility in the
region. Allowing for up to eight camera live productions
using the latest Panasonic digital vision-mixing desk.
The purchase reinforces TAFE’s commitment to developing the
highest possible standard of delivery for students. Thanks
go to Faculty Director Bob Pendreigh for his tireless work
on behalf of the school.
Student nets work at top
Sydney Special Effects and
Post Production Powerhouse Frame Set & Match have invited
star director and student Keaton Stewart. To do one weeks
work experience, at their Sydney headquarters. Lucky Keaton
will get to experience the very best commercial effects
systems available from companies such as Silicon Graphics /
Discreet, Quantel, Da Vinci etc. as well as working with
some of the best efx and compositing artists in Australia.
Keaton has applied himself tirelessly to the course and
certainly deserves this recognition. He is no slouch when it
comes to efx as he proved in the recent production of Peter
If you don’t know where you are going
All roads lead there!
Students currently working on a commercial for Caz Minios
Pasta in Armidale are gaining more than film making skills.
They are working directly under the guidance of freelance
business consultant Sue Gregory. The students have employed
Sue to help them in setting up their production company. Sue
(who attended the TAFE screen summer school in January
2004) is currently training students in the skills
required to succeed in a competitive business environment.
Sue brings considerable entrepreneurial experience as well
as sound production skills. Students work with Sue as part
of a polished production team.
Caz Minio’s goes to air
By P. Maximus
Rome, Venice and Pisa all come spectacularly to life in the
new ad for Caz Minio’s directed by Claire Hardman. The ad,
shot wholly in Armidale, depicts, ‘Caz’, travelling through
Italy in search of the best Italian food. Only to return to
find the best Italian food here at Caz Minio’s
Gifted director Hardman has excelled at capturing the soul
of Italy, spectacular shots
And attention to art direction reward audiences with
that warm fuzzy feeling leading them on the trail to a feast
at Caz Minio’s restaurant. Nothing was spared in production.
Hardman said “it’s astounding how in recreating Italy we
were able get a better looking Italy in the process”.
Not only has TAFE’s Film and Television school given birth
to a talented elite as well as opportunities for countless
others, it has also spawned its own production company. Due
to overwhelming demand for the students by commercial
entities, the production company,
Being positive in life is not always a good thing.
Especially when it comes to blood tests
‘Big Rock Productions’ has been started to meet the demands in
the NSW North West region.
The ads were Big Rocks first commercial production. Big Rock
Productions is already in gear
for a big 2005 with a number of projects due to start early
Keaton Stewart a member of the class and also co-producer of
Caz Minio’s ads has been offered a place at a post
production house in Sydney which he will embark on in a few
The ads are in Post-production stage and anticipated to be
completed in two weeks. After colour grading and approval
from the classification board expect to be awed by the
sumptuous Caz Minio’s.
( Claire has shown real style in these adverts an amazing
career awaits her…Congratulations
By – Kilgore Trout
Perhaps describing the community production of Peter Pan as an
Epic might be an understatement.
In total 19 minutes of high quality special effects and
background footage was supplied by Certificate 4 students, as
well as that the production was shot using four cameras and
elements of staging, lighting and audio-visual were carried out
Over two months in the making the production involved every
student. Often shooting on weekends, working long hours to meet
the deadlines. All students worked magnificently and should be
proud of the amazing result.
Graphic Design Course
Starts @ TAFE
An Innovative new graphic design course will be starting at
Armidale TAFE, January 2004. The course has been proposed by
everybody’s fave teacher Trish Donald. With support of head
teacher Sue Knox.
The new course is breaking new ground for the delivery of
graphic art @ Armidale campus. It combines both traditional
artistic craft skills such as drawing with computer-aided design
using the latest techniques. This combined with the enthusiasm
and dedication Trish brings the course, as teacher should make
this course a winner. If interested I would encourage an early
enrolment as places will be tight. It is hoped that students
doing Graphic Design might work closely with the screen course
students in the design of on air graphics for television and
Best of luck Trish with the new course from all here at
A life lived in fear is a life half lived…Baz
All students displayed great maturity and skill negotiating with
local dignitaries and
Cast members. The editing and compositing of the complex effects
was a team effort, requiring a great amount of co-ordination and
co-operation between all involved. The production was
successfully delivered to all round praise from the shows
producer and director and hundreds of positive
comments from audience members.
Yes it’s on again
January 10 – 22
Armidale Film & Television School
Old Teachers College
Enquiries – Stephen Dobson
041 999 2827
Enrol now @ Armidale
Tafe Phone 6773 7700
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Scorpio- Given your propensity to sweat don’t you think
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Computers & Software on order
Mac & Me have been very busy lately preparing our new
computers Three shiny Mac G5 Dual processor Towers with Massive
23 inch screens. These will be loaded with Industry standard
Final Cut Pro software. In addition we are acquiring three more
G5 iMacs. This brings our computer editing lab up to a very
respectable 10 edit stations.
Screen Enrolments at High Levels
A quick poll of intended enrolee’s has revealed that anticipated
numbers in all courses are at record levels. It is anticipated
that we will be able to run at least two certificate 4 classes
in addition to our new diploma class. Places are still available
but filling fast. Certificate 2 part time courses are filling at
a more moderate rate, but are still inline with anticipated
This years film & Television Summer School will be one cool
experience. As we try to recreate that funky seventies T.V.
schlock show “Land of the Giants” students will place
themselves in amazing situations fighting with giant
tortoises and performing unbelievable acts of daring do such as
walking a tightrope across the lake of death (a kitchen sink).
And being threatened by a fifteen story high dog. The story
follows our heroes who find themselves miniaturized by accident
whilst taking part in a covert operation. Their adventure
involves them surviving ever more fantastic scenarios.
Should be fun.
At a recent meeting with New England Art Museum
director Dr Janice Lally and AFTVS
Head Teacher Sue Knox and teacher Stephen Dobson it was agreed
that a greater co-operation exist between the two entities,
proposals suggested include the possible delivery of courses by
TAFE and the digital recording of the collection by students of
the AFTVS. It was also proposed that students take on the role
of making television programs to accompany visiting collections.
It is still early days in what could be a mutually beneficial
relationship. So watch this space!
Special Thanks this month go to Campus manager Dave Ahern.
has always been a great supporter of the school and puts up with
all the antics of our students as they shoot their projects.
We appreciate your help & co-operation
proceed with UNE
Talks are proceeding between UNE’s Professor Michael
Macklin and TAFE’s Bob Pendreigh regarding the articulation of
the AFTVS diploma in screen with the Degree in Communications (
Film) The Curriculum pathway has been established through the
hard work of Dr Margaret Gummow and TAFE’s Stephen
Dobson. An official announcement is anticipated soon.
documentary Nth West Film Fest
Interview with Award Winning Director
“originally produced as archival footage for the rapidly
developing musicians of “Slight Return”. The creation of this
clip was intended to give the film class experience with
impromptu filming, but during the editing process of the
5-camera documentary, I decided under the recommendation of
Steve that I would create a film complete with interviews of
band 5/4 – Slight Return,” is a short documentary detailing the
creative and conceptual process involved in the production of
the song “5/4”. A song preformed by the local rock band “Slight
Return” which manifests some of the greatest musical talents in
The clip was members and friends so that it might have a little
meaning to an audience. It was then rushed to completion for the
North West Film Festival where it was honoured on the big screen
as the best documentary and rewarded with the prize of an I-Pod.
Armidale Student Jessilee Rice managed to make it onto the
On Friday October 22 the Bingara Roxy Theatre held their fist
Annual North West, Silent Cells, Reelife Film Festival. This was
brought about by three Film Festivals joining to showcase the
talent from local and regional filmmakers. The festival is in
conjunction with the Gwydir Learning Region. “The Learning
Region is an organization brought about to help increase the
educational, social and economical opportunities for isolated
Course were asked by the ABC to film and speak on behalf of the
learning region. Those students were Tom Hancock and Jessilee
Jessilee was one of the initiators in getting the film course
running in Warialda and the region. The first film the course
made was entered in the Silent Cells Youth Film Festival in 2002
and won the ‘Peoples Choice’ Award. Tom Hancock is a budding
young filmmaker, who has made a reputation by making short films
for people around the local area. Tom entered his own short film
‘Silhouettes’ in the festival, which took out first prize in the
‘Purely Creative’ category.
Both Tom and Jessilee teamed together to film the festival for a
segment for ABCs Stateline. This included doing interviews with
teachers, Jessilee and others involved, cutaways, the
presentations and vox pops. As this was a job that was to go to
air across the state, it was expected to be of a high standard.
Friday November 5 an 8 minute segment went to air state wide
showcasing the talent of two students who have begun their
journey to becoming tomorrow’s filmmakers.
(Congratulations Jessilee to achieve the honour of being
given your own segment on Stateline is an astounding achievement
for a certificate 4 student all of us at TAFE are proud of your
You Go Girl! - Stephen Dobson : Editor)
By Sue Knox
The 2004 Screen courses have been an
outstanding success with the students undertaking their studies
using an industry focused perspective. The many
productions the students have been involved in this year attests
the quality, range and expertise involved.
The enthusiasm and dedication of the teaching
staff, in particular Steve Dobson has enabled these students to
have real life experiences. Stephen Dobson, ACS, is
the teacher, pioneer and ambassador for film studies in
Armidale. An industry renowned cinematographer Stephen is
well known for his work on films such as Moulin Rouge, Razorback
and he won an AFI Award for Ground Zero. Stephen has semi
retired from the hectic film industry and aspires to sharing his
vast knowledge creating a nationally renowned film school in
Steve’s industry association has enabled us
to secure industry renowned guest facilitators including Peter
Lawless, who took a two day break from Eucalyptus (a film
starring Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) to present a workshop
on selecting locations to the students. Vernon Moore a
cameraman with over 30 years experience, including 20 years
working as a cameraman for sixty minutes, workshoped with the
Certificate 2 students. Keaton Stewart and Dan Wales have
both undertaken studies in the Certificate IV in Workplace
Training and are sharing the many skills they have developed
with the Certificate II class.
A big thank you to Steve for his tenacity,
vision and enthusiasm in establishing the Armidale Film &
Television School and making the dream a reality. Thank
you to the students too, who have shown dedication, maturity and
enthusiasm and who have made the first year of the Armidale Film
and Television School a reality and a pleasure.
DON'T MISS OUT
ARMIDALE FILM & TELEVISION
SCREEN COURSES FOR 2005
ENROLMENTS CLOSE SOON
selective high demand courses
Call Armidale TAFE
Ph 6773 7700