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Following in the footsteps of Tropfest’s famous filmmaking symposium, Trop Jr Roughcut is a filmmaking forum for budding young talent to learn from the industry’s best.

Aimed at students aged 9 – 15, the day-long series of conversations will explore creativity and collaboration and give kids an enviable insight into the filmmaking industry thanks to talks from some young experts.

The day will be made up of a series of sessions with each focusing on different aspects of filmmaking.

Starting logically at Inspiration, the first sessions will be given by Matthew Chuang and Toby Morris, two full-time content creators for the film industry. They both entered filmmaking at a young age and aim to inspire others to follow a similar journey.

Once the excitement of inspiration over, it’s time to consider Filmmaking on a Budget, DIY Filmmaking, Tips & Tricks with Jason van Genderen. Recently taking out the Nokia Award at Sundance, London, Jason will demonstrate creative ways to make films without fancy equipment and share his top ten do’s and don’ts for filming on a budget.

Of course one way of getting around budget constraints is to focus on Animation, as Eddie White will explain in his session. His award-winning film The Cat Piano (narrated by Nick Cave) won awards at The Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Australian Film Institute Awards as well as awards overseas. In this session he’ll talk about becoming an animator, winning awards and how to get started with animation.

Guy Gross, one of Australia’s leading film and television composers and BAFTA-nominated composer of the score for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will talk about that ever-important element of filmmaking, Music, and will discuss his career, his beginnings and how music can influence on-screen storytelling. Guy was also awarded ‘Best Music’ at Tropfest 1999 for his work on the film ‘Uno Amore’, which also took out First Prize at the Festival.

Likely one of the more popular sessions, session five will be an Actors Panel with a selection of some of Australia’s brightest names in acting, in a general Q&A format. Young actors will speak about how they started, how they collaborate together, highs and lows, dreams and aspirations.

Trop Jr Roughcut is set to be an exciting day of information, education – and entertainment! – for Australia’s next generation of creative minds. With all these sessions and more, it’s set to be a great experience for anyone with a passion for making film.

Trop Jr Roughcut is proudly supported by Major Partner, The Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
The event also has the support of Lend Lease Theatre Darling Quarter as its venue partner.

Dates and Venues
8 August, 2013
Lend Lease Theatre,
Darling Quarter

1 August, 2013
The Wheeler Centre,

Ticket Price: $20 (plus $1.49 booking fee)
Trop Jr Roughcut offers one free teacher’s ticket for every ten paying students.

Please visit the Sydney and Melbourne event pages to book.


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