Will Google control Aussie TV ads too? That’s not as mad as it sounds

What follows is a fascinating video that probably won’t happen in Australia. Except it might.   Read more »

Tips for filmmakers working with India

Minister for Arts Virginia Judge on the Sydney set of Orange, with film stars Genelia D'Souza and Ram Charan and Anupam SharmaVisiting India as a tourist can be an assault to the senses and a complete culture shock and therefore, working with Indian partners and navigating the country’s complex industry can be quite daunting.

Encore spoke with Indian experts and industry insiders who told us what you need to do in order for to succeed in this emerging market full of potential for Australian creatives. Read more »

Forum delivered X factor

The forum itself is not a bad idea: I’m constantly surprised by how little first time feature directors and (I kid you not) producers know about the film business beyond financing.

Matt Riviera’s fantastic blog post on the Screen Australia market intelligence forum.

Battlers only on film

Australian expats love it when the annual Aussie Film Festival at the Barbican rolls around. It’s a chance to escape home for an hour or two, eat Cherry Ripes and Burger Rings [...] I just wish more films would reflect the reality of Australia as it is today, instead of some clichéd, soft-focus dream of tough times on the farm.

East London Local on the Aussie movie experience in London.

Their kitchen rules

Network Ten has sold advertising and sponsorships worth $25 million in revenue for the second series of MasterChef.

Reports The Australian. Not bad at all for an old recipe.

Creating pointlessness

Some people say they don’t get Warwick Thornton’s film, Samson and Delilah. And some people who say they do get it, don’t.

Germaine Greer on Samson & Delilah, at The Guardian.

Master of suspense

A notorious fraudster [...] crafted a false identity for himself as grandson of director Alfred Hitchcock [...] claimed to be a film producer and head of a film financing house about to launch a major production company in Australia

The Age on a man’s elaborate plot to seduce women.

Murdoch’s paid online access strategy for The Times might just work for The Australian

So we now know a little about Rupert Murdoch’s plans for online paid content.

And the model – for the UK at least – is a triple-tiered one. You can subscribe to The Times by the day, by the week, or get online access along with a subscription to the print edition.   Read more »

Week in review: Beer bans and hoaxes; Facebook pulls in serious adspend; TV’s terminal list; Hack attacks

So who had a good week, and who had a bad week?

Like Santa Claus, we’re totting up who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.   Read more »

Brands get serious about Facebook (and spend to prove it)

What with Jetstar shifting its spend, it’s been a big week for social media growing up in Australia.

So check out this research into facebook done by Julian Cole of The Conscience Organisation.   Read more »

No love from indie

“A nicely shot film about a young impoverished Aboriginal couple that adds nothing new to the canon of movies about Aboriginal life.”

Unfortunately indieWIRE didn’t ‘get’ Samson & Delilah.

Great ads; now to sort out the search engine

NineMSN’s search engine Bing (come on, you must have heard of it…) is to reposition itself as The Decision Engine.   Read more »

How the internet will turn the world upside down

Talk about demonstrating the scary power of the internet. In this near-future science fiction story, blogger Tom Scott shares a scenario that could very easily become a reality.   Read more »

Hit and miss

It was great fun doing it, but as a filmmaker who was trying to get his career started, it was a colossal mistake. I painted myself into a corner as a ‘Mr Lowbrow yobbo’. It was a disaster which put me out of work for years.

Bruce Beresford reminiscing about The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

Cockroach: CGI on a bug-sized budget

CockroachKafka’s The Metamorphosis, re-imagined as a romantic fantasy and produced for $20,000? An unlikely but very real scenario for director Luke Eve, who had to find a way to deliver it.

Raen Fraser’s script Cockroach, about a man who dies on his wedding day and is reincarnated as the above-mentioned insect, desperate to get the attention of his widow, is one of the three winners at the second John Jameson Productions competition. Read more »

From Malaysia with love

This month’s Australian Film Festival was a reminder that excellent movies have surfaced from the land down under.

Malaysia’s The Star really likes Aussie films.

What’s good for Jetstar isn’t necessarily the answer for other brands

While yesterday’s announcement from Jetstar is interesting, I’m not sure just yet how much of a canary in the coalmine it’s going to be for other brands shifting their spend to social media.

If ever there was a brand and marketing strategy designed for social media, it was Jetstar.   Read more »

Happy meal

If the food is good, you have a happy shoot, no matter how harrowing the subject or the conditions.

Production manager Michelle Russell on the importance of good catering.

 
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