Baz Luhrmann launches Australia podcasts for students
18 April, 2008 by IF
Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and Twentieth Century Fox have launched a landmark series of video podcasts which aim to teach high school and university filmmakers about every aspect of filmmaking.
The 10 part “Set to Screen” series, which launched with little fanfare earlier this week through Apple’s iTunes, will run until October and introduce aspiring filmmakers to each aspect of filmmaking, from costume design, to cinematography, scoring, and editing – all featuring key crew sharing their knowledge from the set of Luhrmann’s epic film Australia.
The first video features on-set stills photographer James Fisher on the set of the film.
Five of the episodes pose a creative challenge for students, and students will also be invited to create and share their own film projects – which also have the chance of ending up on the Australia DVD release.
The site also features options for teachers to download lesson plans that correspond to the podcasts.
In an open letter to young filmmakers, Luhrmann writes that the project is designed to “open the door to all students who are interested in the art of filmmaking”.
“As a young aspiring filmmaker, I had many opportunities and a great deal of support from established filmmakers. There was a genuine reaching out to the up-and-coming, where we were allowed not just to observe, but to participate in the creative process” he writes.
Luhrmann is the writer, producer and director of
, which stars High Jackman, Nicole Kidman and a host of accomplished Australian actors, including the ubiquitous Bill Hunter and Jack Thompson. Australia
Go here to check out the podcasts, or check out the film’s new official website.
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Twentieth Century Fox releases Australia everywhere on November 14.