Press – Screenhub review of my AIDC DocWeek session on The Art of Perseverance in documentary film making

It’s my final year of my Masters in Screen Arts and Business from AFTRS (the Australian Film Television and Radio School), which of course means thesis. I am investigating The Art of Perseverance in Australian feature film making.

I formally launched the thesis as a panel session at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide. AIDC CEO Joost den Hartog is a fellow student and kindly gave me a slot, and organised for three phenomenally talented and persevering filmmakers (Gracie Otto, Marshall Curry and Jakeb Anvhu) to be interviewed by me.

Very grateful for this review of my session at AIDC DocWeek from Anne Richey, and thanks to Editor David Tiley for making it free to everyone, not just subscribers of ScreenHub

Having said that, if you are in the film industry and not using ScreenHub, you shouldn’t be in the industry. Subscribe here!

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AIDC 2014: The art of perseverance in documentary filmmaking 
By Anne Richey
Screen Hub Monday 10 March, 2014

Three makers, three different worlds. All driven by deep perseverance, and the clever use of available resources. Moderator and multimedia maker Nick Bolton has been patiently researching perseverance for his AFTRS Masters thesis in Screen Arts and Business.

Read the full article here

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Back to school

Last year I was asked to guest lecture at the Masters in Screen Arts & Business course at AFTRS. You can read my blog entry here and see my slide presentation.

It struck me that this was a highly specialised course, with a small number of participants, like-minded people, in a very structured environment. I knew a couple of students on the course, both senior executives in established media companies, and both men I respected. So I sounded them out and they both gushed about the course. Something stirred inside.

It just so happened that it was AFTRS Open Day the next week, so I popped down and met with Head Lecturer David Court. I was anxious about committing because a/ I over commit to everything, and b/ was starting up Feverpitch which takes a lot of time, and c/ funds would be low in year one!

I shared my concerns with David, who understood them and provided some more insight into the course, and it soon became apparent that the pros’ outdid the cons. At the very least, I get some great education and professional development. I’m looking forward to collaborating with other sudents on the course – the next generation of the Australian screen industry whether they are Directors, Creatives, Technicians etc. I hope having the AFTRS MBA on my CV will help with attracting funding in the future. But most of all I’m actually looking forward to learning again. Its a subject matter I’m passionate about, whereas Uni was realy an excuse to get drunk for 3 years.

Only time will tell!

The course boasts:
Be part of the next generation of leaders in the media and screen content industries.

This course will take you through the various disciplines required to become a leader in the media and screen content industries. You will study some of the great texts of politics, economics, and philosophy, learn how to make a persuasive case in business, finance and the public arena, and gain deep insights into leadership and senior management. Working in teams you will formulate an industry brief on public policy and act as a consultant on a ‘live’ case study for a media company. You will also work on a project of your own, supervised by the School’s expert staff. Most importantly, you will be surrounded by a group of highly-motivated, talented peers who will work with you throughout the course, becoming part of your lifelong professional network.

UK v Aus Feature Film Industry Comparison

Feverpitch enjoyed a visit to AFTRS for the weekly Friday on My Mind talk, this week with Neil Peplow – see info below
In Australia, it is oft commented that we don’t have the audience size, the budget, the scale, compared to England.
Neil presented the graph above comparing the industry in 2010. You could hear the audience gasp at how in many criteria, Australia is far better placed to foster feature film development.

A Call to Producers: Adapt or Die
Shooting Fish and Waking Ned producer Neil Peplow will provide an international perspective on the current play of feature film financing and will explore the myriad of challenges facing local producers and filmmakers.

A former chairman of the New Producers Alliance in the UK, Peplow has acted as producer, co-producer, Head of Production and Executive Producer on 16 features and most recently the Showtime TV series LA LA Land. Prior to relocating to Australia, to take up the position as Director of Screen Content Division at AFTRS, Peplow was responsible for the UK Film Council‘s new three-year strategy for film: ‘A Bigger Future 2‘.

Neil firmly believes it is more crucial than ever for filmmakers to adapt to a shifting financial landscape, new models for distribution and changing approaches to content creation. He will share with us his experience of working as a producer and executive producer in the UK during a significant time of change.

This session is a must for executive producers and producers.