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Mac / iStop Motion for Mac... starting at US$50
« on: October 18, 2007, 08:51:21 AM »
iStopmotion for Mac with timelapse support.

Mac / Ever wanted a Theremin- and you have a wii and a mac?
« on: October 09, 2007, 10:02:41 AM »

External / Comedy Channel is offering up to $25,000
« on: September 06, 2007, 10:22:14 AM »
Digs for Australian Comedy Gold at SPAA Conference

As part of this year's SPAA Conference, the Comedy Channel is offering up to $25,000 towards the development of a new TV comedy concept. The winner will be announced at the Conference being held at the Sheraton Mirage Resort on the Gold Coast from 13 to 16 November.

The Comedy Channel is inviting Australian writers, performers and producers to submit programme ideas for a 13 part half-hour comedy series. The Comedy Channel's Manager and Programme Manager will look at all submissions and select a total of six finalists to participate in this exciting new initiative.

All finalists will be required to register for the Conference in November where they will have the opportunity to pitch their comedy concept directly to a panel of judges, including Foxtel's Head of Television, Brian Walsh and Head of Entertainment, Graham Burrells.

Producers are invited to submit a proposal of no more than three pages in length. Application forms can be downloaded from or

Entries close 5pm on 15 October 2007. Short-listed producers will be notified on 1 November.

The winner will be announced at the Comedy Channel Pitch Session at 11am on Friday, 16 November.

For full terms and conditions go to or "Comedy Gold" at

Please address proposals to:

Comedy Gold
The Comedy Channel
47 City Road Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

SPAA Conference
13-16 November 2007
Gold Coast, Queensland
P: 61 2 9360 8988
F: 61 2 9360 8977

CSU General / Jimi Jib in TV land 3-4th September
« on: August 30, 2007, 11:11:55 AM »
TV land will have a large jimi jib (crane) coming to tvland for student demos this Monday mid morning and Tuesday mid morning – all Multimedia and Animation students are quite welcome to participate.

Seeking / Digital Fringe – Call for entries
« on: August 29, 2007, 08:44:44 AM »

Seeking Digital Art submissions - Deadline closes Friday 21st September:

Do you have some digital art that you want seen?
Digital Fringe is seeking submissions of digital visual material to broadcast over the Internet as a part of the The Age 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival: September 26 to October 14.

We are calling for digital art works to display on all screens. These may be stills, animations, video art, short film, abstract pieces, audio, …whatever!

This material will make up part of the general stream which will play on all screens throughout the festival and can be accessed online.  Artists will retain the copyright of all works under the Creative Commons licensing scheme.

Digital Fringe is an open access web based digital arts festival that runs in conjunction with The Age 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival.  Connecting to Melbourne and further afield through numerous screens, from the monster screen at Federation Square to a host of other screens around town, Digital Fringe will pop up in the most unlikely places.

For more info log onto

Seeking / $2000 Youth Digital Panoramic Art Prize
« on: August 29, 2007, 08:44:07 AM »
$2000 Youth Digital Panoramic Art Prize

Horse Bazaar, Digital Fringe and Wild Animus present an exciting new youth digital arts prize.  Make a video clip 20 metres wide!

$2000 will be awarded for the best panoramic digital art piece made to accompany a Wild Animus track.  The prize will go to the screen-based content that best uses Horse Bazaar’s unique panoramic projection system.  $500 runner up prize.

The panoramic projection system created at Horse Bazaar is inspired by the huge panoramic painted canvases of the 19th century. The system uses modern technology to create large-scale panoramas in digital form. Six projectors are tiled together to create a seamless 20 metre digital canvas that envelops the bar. Casting aside the traditional 4:3 screen format, visual artists are asked to produce digital content at an 8:1 ratio.

Download Wild Animus tunes and artwork, and make your piece by compiling your stills, animation or video in Watchout for the Horse Bazaar projection system.  Come in and test the show in the space if you are able.

For detailed information on content preparation and submission see

To download Wild Animus tracks and art to incorporate into your piece, and to register your submission got to

Entrants must be students or 30yrs or under to enter.

Entries must be accompanied by any of the available Wild Animus music and incorporate one element of Wild Animus artwork.

On site show test date - Monday 14th September (by appointment) from 5pm

Submission deadline - Friday 21st September 5pm

Gala Prize Presentation and party - Thursday 27th September 6pm as part of the Digital Fringe program

External / Avid Australia Fast Flicks - A Very Fast Film Competition
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:26:05 AM »
Avid Australia Fast Flicks - A Very Fast Film Competition
Calling Writers, Producers, Directors/DOPs and Editors
Be Empowered

SPAA Fringe in partnership with Avid Australia is pleased to announce a brand new scheme, which will allow five teams the opportunity to produce, edit and live stream a short film at SPAA Fringe in October in Sydney.

Avid Australia Fast Flicks is a competition that will showcase how technology and ideas can be created in real time, on professional equipment and distributed immediately. The competition offers anyone who is passionate about filmmaking the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, develop working relationships with like-minded people and showcase their work to thousands of people.

The competition is open to all aspiring filmmakers who are registered delegates of SPAA Fringe. Five scripts will be selected to participate and either individuals or full compliment teams can apply by submitting their scripts for consideration.

Garrick Simeon, Marketing Manager at Avid Australia, says "Avid Australia is really pleased to be holding workshops at SPAA Fringe. We want to pull back the covers to show why Avid is the industry-standard on Mac and PC. At the same time, we want to help filmmakers get their work in front of an audience and have fun in the process."

Geoff Brown, Executive Director at SPAA, said "SPAA Fringe is the place where out-there film projects and their filmmakers can come in from the cold and learn about the mainstream industry. Fast Flicks provides the benefit of accessing unparalleled professional development through our partnership with Avid Australia which will take their projects to the next level."

A synopsis of each of the selected scripts will be launched onto the SPAA Fringe website where delegates will register their interest online to make up part of the team. The person who submits the script will "hire" their team from the registered interest. Teams will be made up of Writer, Producer, Director/DOP and Editor.

On the first day of SPAA Fringe each production team will be given a camera. Each team will have a dedicated SPAA Member "EP" who will be on-hand to give practical advice. An Avid Australia representative will be available to assist with the editing process.

Each team will have the two days of the conference to complete their film, to be screened at the closing session in front of 500 delegates and live streamed. The films will also be emailed to a database in excess of 20,000 contacts. Prizes totaling in excess of $10,000 and including Avid Media Composer Software for MAC or PC valued at $7430 and a return airfare to QLD plus SPAA conference registration valued at $1800 will be presented to the winning team immediately after the screenings of the film. The winning film will be awarded to the team that most successfully utilises the technology and expertise at hand, while also telling a great story!

Deadline for applicants is 5th October

Woman Director OR Woman Producer AND Scriptwriter or Editor or Cinematographer, ANY genre up to 55 mins.
Details and entry form
Presented by WIFT NSW

Closing date 16th August 2007

SPAA FRINGE, now in Sydney thanks to the support of the NSW FTO, Avid Australia and local partners, is a forum for emerging Producers to gain knowledge, be inspired and evoke innovation within the film industry.

Early Bird - before Sept 28
SPAA member - $100
Full Rego - $180
Day Rego -$ 100
Student - $100

General Prices - after Sept 28
SPAA Member - $120
Full Rego - $200
Day Rego -$ 120
STUDENT - $120

SPAA Fringe is brought to you by the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) an industry body that represents Australian independent film and television producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production.

Seeking / REEL DEAL- Brian Brown Short Film Festival
« on: June 25, 2007, 12:28:03 PM »

Due to strong demand, registrations has been extended until 5pm Friday 6 July.


The Reel Deal Short Film Festival is a grassroots event, designed to identify, nurture and assist prospective film makers of the future.
It is also one of this countries richest film festivals and provides the first and only Australian film scholarship, named after festival patron Bryan Brown.


The Reel Deal is pleased to announce 3 brand new awards categories for 2007 including

« on: June 21, 2007, 03:35:20 PM »
As part of this year's SPAA Conference, kid's pay television channel Nickelodeon Australia is offering up to $20,000 towards the production of an animation pilot. The winner of the funding will be announced at the Conference being held at the Sheraton Mirage Resort on the Gold Coast.
Says SPAA's Gaylee Butler, "This is the first of several new television pitching initiatives to be launched at the Conference this year that offer contacts and funding from key channels. These are exciting opportunities and we call on the independent production community to step up to the challenge."
Nickelodeon is looking for ideas that will appeal to both boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 13 years old. "Our programming is funny, bold, playful and non-violent," say Head of Programming, Deirdre Brennan. "We look for Heart + Fart + Smart, that is, an emotional connection with the target audience; an irreverent sense of humour; and a creatively original look and feel that is fresh and surprising."
All registered delegates at the Conference are eligible to apply. Guidelines and an application form are available from
The SPAA Conference attracts up to 650 industry representatives and key decision makers including producers, directors, distributors, financiers, exhibitors, television network heads, commissioning editors, lawyers and accountants. Of these there is a sizable international contingent from leading media organisations around the world.
SPAA is the industry association for the independent film and television industry, providing leadership and direction on all debates concerning the economics, creative and technological future of the screen production industries in Australia. It strives to create the business conditions for the industry to compete strongly in both local and overseas markets.

SPAA Conference, 13 - 16 November 2007
Sheraton Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

Seeking / RED CROSS - Blood Donations
« on: June 21, 2007, 10:50:14 AM »
Since it is coming close to holidays, the Red Cross need blood donations. The first year animation students have been donating in the past few weeks.. as you left some memorable moments with the nurses! This is a great cause- and it doesn't cost you a cent! And besides you get a milkshake, cheese and crackers and chocolate for your efforts. They also tell you your Iron levels. If you are close to a Red Cross Blood Center think about giving some BLOOD.  :)

PC / Safari for Windows
« on: June 19, 2007, 11:05:53 AM »
Want Safari as your Windows browser?

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