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Screen Trades

September 30, 2022 12:00 am — Tickets FREE
Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE)


Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE), TAFE NSW and leading industry partners presents

Screen Trades is a job training and placement initiative that is addressing the significant shortages in below-the-line jobs in the local TV and film industry, especially for underrepresented communities.

The initiative is piloting three skillsets, providing pathways to early career screen practitioners from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities, supported by ScreenNSW and Screenrights Cultural Fund.

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Assistant Camera

The Assistant Camera (AC) program is the second set of workshops as a part of the Screen Trades initiative. The AC program is working with industry partner Panavision (the world leader in camera equipment) and is comprised of 3 events:

1. Panavision workshop at their HQ in Lane Cove on 14 November, for up to 15 participants, with Panavision film industry influencer Nicolas Godoy. The workshop gives First Nations and CaLD communities the opportunity to hone their skills and network with industry professionals, which is vital for entry into the industry.

2. A follow-up session with a guest speaker, an experienced First AC who works on Feature Films and TVCs.

3. On-set attachments for select participants, with award-winning TVC companies: FinchGoodoil and Collider.

Assistant Cameras (ACs) are in high demand at the moment, one of the key skills shortages in below-the-line jobs in Australia’s TV and Film industry.

If you are interested in taking part in the Assistant Camera workshops, click the sign up button!

First Nations Emerging VFX Artists

Working with education and training partner TAFE NSW, this pilot will provide an 8-week skills development course utilising key units in TAFE’s Certificate III from the Screen & Media curricula, providing participants who complete training with an employment entry level qualification.

The course will broker professional pathways through our relationships with NITV, Screen Australia’s First Nations Department, and industry partners EQ Media Group and Lingo Pictures, The Post Lounge and Cutting Edge.

Production Accounting

From 30 September – 1 October, 18 passionate students from TAFE Accounting diplomas and participants from ACE’s previous ‘Bookkeeping for Filmmakers’ workshop, attended the 2-day ‘Production Accounting Essentials’ workshop with Jill Hewitt, Senior Production Accountant and Director of Training, Australia, Moneypenny Production Accounting Services.

The workshop provided an extensive overview of the role of the Production Accountant during Pre-Production, the Shoot and Post, covering everything from Budgets to Cost Reports, and Cashflow to Payroll.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful participants for making the workshops so successful and congratulate them on all their hard work.

We’d also like to thank Moneypenny, Screen NSW and Screenrights Cultural Fund for their support in making the workshop a reality.

Note-Taking in the TV Writers’ Room

April 22, 2023

ACE and TAFE NSW have partnered with the Australian Writers’ Guild to present their successful Note-Taking Workshop for early career practitioners from underrepresented communities.

The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association representing writers for stage, screen, radio and online and has protected and promoted their creative and professional interests for 60 years.

The role of the Note-Taker in the screen industry is a specialist skillset currently in high demand and valued as an entry point to the industry for early career writers.

The writers’ room is where writers pitch ideas, brainstorm, break down the scenes, create characters and write first drafts. The role of the note-taker in the writers’ room is a crucial one – detailed and accurate notes can either make or break a room.

Creating a perfect set of notes isn’t easy, and nailing it requires a different skill set to screenwriting. In this workshop, participants will learn the art of skillful note-taking: how to take notes, how to present them, and how to make the most of the opportunity.

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