Melbourne Times Dates & Content - Store




Location AFB- Flinders Street. Melbourne CBD VIC


Wednesday Night 24th July 2019 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

  • Introductions of the  People on the Course and the Teacher
  • The Film Production and the excitement of producing and making the film.
  • 4 Months From tonight to completion of the Film.
  • How to format a script – this is an essential so as to present a professional script, when you make your own films
  • Which Software to use and how to get it for Free saving you $200
  • How to become good at writing screenplays and what you have to do
  • The Film Shots and what they are called – this is essential for the Film Director to understand.

Tuesday Night 30th July 2019: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Teacher – Sean Smith for all following sessions unless stated otherwise. 

Creating the story:  completed

Story Invention Workshop. In this session we create the Story for the Film Production. The teacher will show you exactly how to create a story that grabs your audience.

⇀ Story Ideas Brainstorm
⇀ Plot the story-the key plot points
⇀ We demonstrate how to write a short film using the Improv Technique ⇀
⇀ Three Dimensional Character Creation
⇀ High Stakes Objectives
⇀ Adding Conflict to your story

Result: By 9.30pm we will have developed an eight to ten minute short film story.
Voluntary Homework: Write the first draft script of the story.

Over the years we have found the results of the above techniques have produced a strong short film story for emerging or beginner filmmakers.

After class drinks Social at a local venue (Allow $5 for a drink). This is voluntary and intended to help the group bond and allow you to talk film with your new team!

Thursday 8th August  : 6.30pm – 9.30pm

In this session everyone will be introduced to the mechanics of a film scene and film equipment. You will use the camera to shoot a scene, getting to feel how it works and what is needed for a Professional Shoot.

  • ⇀ The dynamics of a scene. Shots & coverage,crew setup,the’MasterShot’and directingyour actors.
  • ⇀ Introduction to the’calls’ of a professional film crew
  • ⇀ Camera Equipment:Play with the 4K Blackmagic URSA mini Camera with Professional Rig including
  • ⇀ Matte Box and A-B Hard Stop Follow Focus and lenses.
  • ⇀ Lighting Equipment:Lights, Gels, Spun Reflectors and Scrims
  • ⇀ Professional Sound Equipment:Lapel Microphone, Shotgun Microphone with Boom Pole and Pistol Grip
  • ⇀Result: By the end of the session, you will have a foundation for using film equipment and how to use it to shoot a scene.

Thursday Night  13th August  : 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Camera Department Basics: 12 hours completedLocation:

Tonight you will learn how to operate a Professional Camera and be part of a Camera Department, including:

⇀ Camera basics (AFEW-Aperture,Focus,Exposure,WhiteBalance) ⇀ HowtobalanceaFluidHeadTripod
⇀ How to focus effectively using Focus Chart and pull focus
⇀ How to check exposure⇀ How to compose/frame your shots
⇀ Camera movement:Tilt & Pan using a tripod
⇀ Camera movement:Handheld with a shoulde rrig
⇀ When to use Prime Lenses and when to use Zoom Lens. The Session will end with Shooting an Interview with 3 different Camera Shot


Tuesday Night  20th August  6.30pm – 9.30pm

Teacher: Sean Smith as always unless otherwise outlined

6.30pm 7.30pm Script selection & Casting setup

At the start of class the successful script will be announced. From here we will discuss the characters in the script and set up a casting call.

⇀ How to set up a casting call:
⇀ We show you how we get the bestActors into theCasting session

7.30pm 9.30pm Sound Department

The Sound Session: Learning how to use Professional Sound Equipment on location, including: ⇀ Sound basics

⇀ Shotgun Microphone & Boompole
⇀ Wind Sock
⇀ Wireles sTransmitter sand Receivers with Lapel Microphones
⇀ XLR Inputs on the Camera
⇀ Setting the right sound levels and monitor in sound on set

The Session ends with shooting a scene focusing on correctly recording sound, including static subject dialogue and moving subjects.

Tuesday Night 27th August 6.30pm – 9.30pm

The Lighting Session: Learning how to use professional lighting and gaffer equipment to light your scenes.

⇀ Basics of film lighting (3,2,1 point lightng and effects)
⇀ Lighting for exposure vs lighting for mood & effect
⇀ Using natura llight
⇀ Lighting with set lights: Dedolights, Fresnels, LEDs and Redheads
⇀ Using Gels& Diffusion with lights

We will experiment with lighting different scenes trying to create different looks and moods just by changing the lighting setup.


Tuesday Night  3rd September   : 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Casting your film: 

Casting Night: Live auditions with real actors. Tonight we have a real live Casting with real actors. You will get to:

  • ⇀ Learn the process of casting actors professionally
  • ⇀ Set up the Lights and Camera for casting.
  • ⇀ Camera operators will be rotated through out the night
  • ⇀ Actors should be scheduled for 10minutes lots
  • ⇀ You will direct the actors during their audition,assisting them to provide their best performance

Result: You will learn how to cast a film effectively by doing it for real for your short film. This is a favourite session for many students as it is the first opportunity in the course to direct actors and see the characters come to life.

Tuesday Night 10th September : 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Preproduction: Tonight you will learn all about preproduction for a film shoot and locking in the final logistical and production elements to ensure a successful shoot.⇀ Shoot location sourcing, selection and finalisation

⇀ Wardrobe,props and set dressing
⇀ How to prepare a schedule and a Call Sheet
⇀ Working with actors and how to provide effective direction
⇀ Confirm actors are booked for rehearsal sessionon

Saturday 14th September 10am – 4pm Practical Saturday

Being set ready & rehearsals:

This is a Saturday session designed to give you further practice with the camera, lighting and sound equipment to ensure you are “set-ready” and the crew works as a well oiled machine.

Tuesday 17th September  6.30pm – 9.30pm 

Final preproduction:

  • ⇀ Final Shoot Preparations; How to prepare for shooting.
  • ⇀ Direct or preparation: Shot listing and story boarding
  • ⇀ Director preparation:Learning your scenes,understanding the motivation of your character sand preparing to direct your actors performances
  • ⇀ Preproduction: Finalising remaining details such as:Locations,Extras,Props,Wardrobe,Set dressing


In addition to preparing to shoot, we will invite the core cast (actors) to attend a rehearsal session.
This session will focus on assisting the actors in their preparation for the shoot and expose you to working with actors.


Saturday 21st September : 8am – 5pm

THE SHOOT: Day One: 9 Hour Shooting Day: 42 hours completed.

Film Shoots are on Location: Locations can be a shop or hotel or park or any variable of a film location. This is a very exciting day where one is on a real shoot and real film . Teacher Sean Smith

The Film Shoot Day 1On Location.

Today you will work as a crew member. Every person revolves through the crew roles over the 3 shooting days.

Revolving Crew roles you will take on:

  1. Director
  2. DOP
  3. Focus Puller
  4. Clapper
  5. Sound Recordist
  6. Boom
  7. Gaffer
  8. Grip
  9. Continuity
  10. Producton Runner/ A

Learn to Edit on Adobe Premiere Pro

Tuesday 24th September July – 9.45pm

Edit Session One Teacher: Colm O’Murhu.

You will learn to edit and and make your film into a film by actually editing in class the film

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • How to prepare your Edit
  • How to sync sound
  • How to watch your footage
  • How to edit a scene.

Saturday 28th September : 8am – 6pm

THE SHOOT: Day Two: 51 hours completed

On Location: Set location – TBA Teacher: Sean Smith

⇀ Your second day working as a crew member on a real film.
⇀ Crew roles continue to rotate over the 3 shooting days.

Sunday 29th September  8am – 6pm

THE SHOOT: Day Three: 60 hours completed.

Today the Crew shoot on their own on Day 3. Your last day working as a crew member on the film. Crew roles continue to rotate for the final shoot day, but the crew will be running this shoot almost completely solo. This is 100% hands-on practical and everyone is required to help make the film.


 1st October : 6.30pm – 9.30pm   –   Film editing Session 2 

Continue to learn how to cut and make your film

  • Learn today how to cut scenes for your film
  • Learn how to effectively tell your story
  • Everyone will learn via actually editing your film in the class live on Adobe Premier Pro.
  • You learn by actually editing.

Tuesday 8th October 6.30pm – 9.30pm: Film editing Session 3 Sean Smith

  • Music for your film and how to get the best music easily and cheaply
  • Colouring your film and making it look great.
  • Titles

Tuesday  22nd October    6.30pm – 9.30pm   Film editing Session 4   

 Music You learn using Adobe Audio to do your own sound work

⇀ Colouring the Film 
⇀ How to place Sound Effects
–  Sourcing Music and adding to your film

On this session you learn about the importance of Sound and how you can do your own sound design clean up and mix.


Monday 28th October 6.30pm till late

Location change Teacher Change Colm O’Murchu: 80 hours completed
Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne Teacher and Owner of AFB: C olm O’Murchu

6:30 8:30pm: Final Session 

In this final class, veteran filmmaker Colm O’Murchu will take you through the essentials of being a filmmaker and how to take your passion beyond this course, including:

⇀ Making your next film
⇀ Where to from here?
⇀ Film financing & Film festivals.
⇀ The road to being a professional, paid filmmaker
⇀ Independent Film Club and how it works

8:30pm – 10pm Screening the film and CertifIcates

After class finishes, we will screen the finished film and hand out course certificates to everyone who has successfully completed the course.

⇀ Screening of the Finished Film
⇀ Certificate ceremony
⇀ Mixer Social and Celebratio


Colm O'Murchu

Colm founded Australian Film Base in 1997 and has since taught emerging film makers to make professional films. Colm has guided and instructed over the years on 175 short films made With a wealth of film teaching and film making experience Colm O’Murchu is one of the very best film instructors.​

Sean Smith

Sean Smith is a fanatical Film Maker. His communication skills and teaching skills are of the highest calibre. He is currently in production on his own feature film. He teaches most of the course in Melbourne

Close Menu