AFTRS and NIDA to produce film
[press release from Lantern Group]
Australia’s leading creative education institutions AFTRS and NIDA collaborate to produce a feature film.
For the first time, Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast school, the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) have joined forces to create a feature film exclusively made by students.
One More Day, is a feature length film made up of four different stories, all set on the one day, in the same 24 hour period, connected by a single metaphor, when the city is ringed by the threat of fires. This metaphor links and contains the stories as a whole. The joint production will provide an opportunity for AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma students in Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, and Screen Music to collaborate with NIDA’s 3RD year Acting, Design and Production students on this production.
Filming will commence in mid June 2009 at AFTRS new state of the art facility located in the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park (next to Fox Studios).
The producers of One More Day are AFTRS, Sandra Levy and Director, Screen Content Graham Thorburn.
AFTRS CEO, Sandra Levy says she is “thrilled with the opportunity this project presents for all these talented students and for the valuable experience and skills this venture will add to their education.”
Lynne Williams, Director/CEO of NIDA says, “We are delighted to be celebrating NIDA’s 50th anniversary year with this exciting collaborative effort. Partnerships such as this will ensure that our students gain a breadth of experience and expertise necessary to prepare them for a constantly evolving arts and entertainment industry.”
Prominent writers Alice Bell, Shirley Barrett, Judy Morris and Christopher Lee have scripted the four stories – Violet, Steamboat, Legend and Nicky Two-Tone.
The project will involve over 70 students: 25 acting students, 4 directors, 7 cinematographers, 7 editors, 10 screen composers, 10 production design students, and 8 other directors creating other parts of the production. This ambitious and unique project is additional to and complements their existing coursework. The production will be produced in their midyear vacation. All students have volunteered to be part of this opportunity.
One More Day will be screened at the end of October to the large group of students, their families and friends, as well as industry and media, to celebrate this landmark educational event.