Max Gilles joins REELmad line-up

If you’re even remotely entertaining the idea of entering the REELmad 24 hour film-making festival this year, then make sure you come along to the REELmad workshop on Saturday 5 July.


That’s the message from REELmad festival founder and director Belinda Griffin, who explains the workshop will take place at The J at Noosa Junction from 10am – 3pm. The workshop cost is $10, but it is FREE to participants who sign up to take part in the REELmad festival, which takes place the next weekend (weekend of 12 & 13 July).

Belinda says the workshop will include lectures and panel discussions on various aspects of film-making, with the sessions led by an impressive group of industry professionals.

“The collective brainstrust in our group of workshop lecturers is a mighty impressive,” says Belinda, “Between them, they have experience in everything from production, direction and acting to lighting, animation, and script analysis.”

The lecturers who will be sharing their experience and top tips include:

Max Gillies
Australia’s foremost impersonator and satirist, has been putting egg on politicians’ faces to the delight of audiences for years. With a stellar career on stage, screen and television, it is indisputably the TV series’ The Gillies Report, Gillies Republic and Gillies and Company that have rendered Max Gillies unforgettable. Max joins this years REELmad festival panel discussion; don’t miss him!

Gavin Stevenson 
A senior lecturer in film, visual arts and design technology at Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Gavin is our animation expert, with experience in a wide range of animation styles and techniques. He was also a winner at the Riverfestival Liquid Lens competition last year.

Andrew Bryant 
A former REELmad winner for his film Once upon a time in Yandina, Andrew joins the panel to share his first-hand experience as a REELmad film-maker.

Alex Moss 
Owner/operator of Visual Magic Productions boutique television and corporate documentary production house, Alex has over a decade of professional industry experience and has worked on almost every aspect of the production cycle. 

Matt Ingliss
His career in the Film Industry started in 1986 as a young apprentice lighting technician. In this role he worked with great Cinematographers such as Dion Bebe (Chicago), Peter Menzies Jr (Spider Man 2) and Dean Semler (Dances with Wolves). In 1993 he was employed on ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ as Best Boy (2 IC lighting). Matt co-founded a film equipment hire business in 1996 called the Film TV Cable Guys (FTCG). Clients included the films, Babe and the Matrix Trilogies.

Kayte New 
Director of NDS Performing Arts and NDS Actors, Kayte has extensive industry experience as a professional actor and director. Kayte will be running a mini acting workshop on how to get the most out of your actors (in a limited time frame).

Alex Mankiewicz (workshop mediator and REELmad judge) 
Raised in a film family (her father Joseph Mankiewicz is a four time Oscar winner, her brother is the writer of Superman and James Bond films, and her uncle wrote Citizen Kane). Alex has a great depth of experience in all things film, having worked as a script analyst, concept artist, actor, location and props manager and a storyboard artist in LA, New York and Paris

“Aspiring film-makers should take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from those with real experience,” Belinda says. “It’s a chance to get some practical advice on how to turn your ideas into effective short films.”

The official launch and sign-up for REELmad 2008 will be on Friday 11 July, with REELmad return entries due in 24 hours later – on Saturday 12 July. The 24 hour theme also applies to judging, with the panel of judges (industry professionals) given only 24 hours to view, shortlist and present the winning entries at a gala event at The J at Noosa Junction on the night of Sunday 13 July.

And in news just to hand … all REELmad finalists will go in the draw to win a round-the-world trip for two!

[release from REELmad]

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