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February 2013

Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship 2013

In memory of Australians in Film ambassador Heath Ledger, the scholarship fund has been established to capture Heath's generous spirit and serve our mission to help and celebrate Australian filmmakers.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship will provide talented Australian actors in the early stage of their careers the chance to travel to the US to further their training and international acting opportunities.

Last year the announcement of the winner and runners up was made at the inaugural Australians in Film Awards & Benefit Dinner, held on June 27 2012, in Los Angeles.

Applications are open from February 12 - April 7, 2013.

  • Finalists are announced on or before April 30, 2013.
  • The winner and runners up will be announced at the 2nd Annual Australians in Film Awards & Benefit Dinner on June 12, 2013.

The Heath Ledger Scholarship has continued to grow in stature thanks to the impressive work of our past recipients, Oliver Ackland, Bella Heathcote, Ryan Corr and Anna McGahan.
The 2013 judging panel will include prominent representatives from the entertainment industry including high profile actors, casting agents and industry executives. Past judges have included actors Jude Law, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Issacs and Frances O’Connor, film directors Gregor Jordan and Catherine Hardwicke, Warner Bros Pictures President of Production Greg Silverman, Casting Director Donna Issacson, casting agents Ann Faye, John Papsidera, and April Webster and talent managers Will Ward and Steve Alexander.

For more information please visit the Australians in film Website.

Production News

Production begins in South Australia on The Infinite Man

Principal photography has commenced this week in South Australia on The Infinite Man, a time travel comedy romance about Dean, an unorthodox scientist whose attempts to change the past and fix his relationship with girlfriend Lana reveal him to be his own worst enemy. 

The Infinite Man is the anticipated feature film debut of writer/director Hugh Sullivan whose short films have screened in official selection at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Flickerfest and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Infinite Man stars acclaimed actors Josh McConville (Underbelly, Wild Boys, Redfern Now), recently crowned Best Actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his role in Griffin Theatre’s The Boys, and Hannah Marshall who received a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent (2011) for her role as Loretta Schembri in Packed to the Rafters, one of the highest rating shows on Australian television. AACTA award winner Alex Dimitriades (The Slap, Head On, Underbelly) also stars as Lana’s ex-boyfriend, the disgraced 1980s Olympian Terry.

The Infinite Man is a Hedone Production in association with Bonsai Films with investment from the South Australia Film Corporation (SAFC) through their FilmLab funding initiative, and development assistance from Screen Australia.


Deluxe's Efilm - Totally Stoked for Storm Surfers 3D

Deluxe Australia’s 3D creative and technical excellence has been acknowledged after Storm Surfers 3D was awarded Most Outstanding Achievement in a 3D Documentary 2012 earlier this month. The production received the highest accolade on the international stage at the International 3D Society’s 4th Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles.

The Australian surf documentary also accepted the Best Feature Length Documentary at the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) awards the week prior. The documentary follows two best friends on their adventure to discover and ride Australia’s largest and most terrifying waves.

Deluxe EFilm’s post production team utilised revolutionary technology to produce Storm Surfers 3D. The team worked with Producers, Marcus Gillezeau and Ellenor Cox of Firelight Productions and their experienced camera crew to transform 1500 hours of stereo footage into a multi-platform feature film, four-part television series, 2D and 3D webisode series and game over an eight month period.

Storm Surfers 3D was EFilm Sydney’s first stereoscopic production which was shot entirely in 3D and captured on six different camera types; a fresh challenge for the experienced Sydney-based post team.

EFilm equipped themselves to tackle the project by designing a tailored workflow that utilised SGO’s state-of-the-art grading system, Mistika. The use of Mistika complemented the high-end facilities already housed at Deluxe’s studios in Sydney and Melbourne.  The combined Digital Intermediate and stereo 3D system is the cutting-edge industry standard for stereoscopic alignment and a must on any stereo 3D production.

SGO welcomed feedback throughout production and troubleshooting happened in real time to improve the software, allowing the video footage to be perfected. The innovative technical success of the post production team combined with Deluxe’s world-class facilities and suites to colour grade, edit and quality control the content resulted in a breathtaking experience for the films’ audience - it is a testament to the skill and precision of Deluxe’s talent pool.

“Working with the Deluxe EFilm team was without doubt one of the best collaborations I’ve enjoyed as a producer. The project was technically extremely demanding and complex and we needed to resolve a lot of issues that are inherent with pushing the limits in 3D”, said Producer Marcus Gillezeau.

The knowledge and development gained about the intricacies of 3D film production has put the Deluxe Australia in good stead for future 3D projects and reflects the teams’ ability to be agile with clients’ requirements and complete projects to the highest standards.


Screen NSW's Emerging Filmmakers Fund backs three short films

Aboriginal HeArt is from writer/producer Tim Duncan and director Dena Curtis. Dena's previous short films Hush and Jacob have both been successful on the festival circuit around the world. This marks the first time Dena has directed a script she hasn't written herself. Aboriginal HeArt will shoot in March.

Baby Baby is from writer/director Billie Pleffer and producer Sheila Jayadev. Billie's previous short film, Bino, was made while she was a student at VCA Film School and it has screened at festivals and won awards around the world. Bino was recently nominated in the 2013 AACTA Awards. Baby Baby will also begin shooting in March.

Light is from writer Andrew Ryan, director Matt Murphy and producer Carla de Menezes Ribeiro - it is a first film for all three. Matt has a background as a celebrated director of commercials. Andrew will also play the lead role in the film, which starts shooting this month.


Upgrades to Docklands Studio Melbourne complete

After extensive renovations, the new completed upgrade to Stage Five and the Workshop at Docklands Studio Melbourne is ready to be officially opened.

The upgrades also include the creation of more office and storage space, a new large room to hold audiences and a motorised lighting grid which has been added to the stage itself.

These developments will see Stage Five able to host primary occupant, broadcast television Channel 9, as well as being able to take other bookings for other clients at the same time.

The other aspect of the improvements made to the Studios are the renovations in the warehouse building, which will allow it to be used by multiple clients at the same time, and landscaping the entrance so that trucks can easily access and exit the site.


Son of a Gun starts principal photography

Crime thriller, Son of a Gun from first-time feature director and Western Australian expat, Julius Avery begins principal photography this week in Perth. The film, which stars Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander is a tautly paced heist thriller which tells the story of a young man's apprenticeship to public enemy number one.

Son of a Gun is produced by Timothy White, co-produced by Janelle Landers and executive produced by Aaron L Gilbert, John Collee, Aidan O'Bryan, Michael Spiccia and Bryce Menzies

The feature film received funding support through ScreenWest's Drama Production Investment Fund and is also supported by Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Deluxe Australia subsidiaries EFilm and StageOne Sound will handle post-production. 

Filming takes place in Perth and Kalgoorlie, followed by Melbourne, from late-February.


EFILM completes work on The Wolverine

Deluxe's EFILM recently completed work on Hugh Jackman’s The Wolverine undertaking data management and dailies production. A significant part of this project involved using Fujifilm LTO tape for archive, storage and secure data management. EFILM Internationally has developed utilities to manage the archive database and facilitate efficient post-production management of metadata and selective restoration for projects industry-wide.

The Wolverine project ran for just over 18 weeks and when complete meant that EFILM Sydney had taken care of the entire movie’s onset data management, dailies production, archiving, mastering and full dailies deliverables to editorial and production departments including streaming, tape and data.


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