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The Real Film Festival heads to Newcastle.

The Real Film Festival is a three-day art, community and industry event showcasing films based on real stories, including documentaries, features and shorts screened at the Tower Cinemas and Newcastle Museum from 27 to 29 November.

Each year the Festival runs industry development workshops for emerging and established filmmakers. This year it will cover topics such as game development, sound design, editing, YouTube hits and online successes, special effects makeup, producing, acting for screen. Here’s a quick overview of just a few of its workshops.


SFX Makeup with Chad Atkinson

Veteran Special Effects Artist Chad Atkinson will provide an interactive demonstration of special prosthetics for film and take you through how many of the prosthetic wounds are created, manufactured, and applied. He will also talk about how you can budget for your film, no matter the size, and get more effects.

Chad has worked on films such as The Chronicles of NarniaThe MistSin CityThe Hills Have Eyes, and Death Proof.


Sound Design with Damian Candusso

Have a love for understanding the process of specifying, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio elements?  Don’t miss this workshop which will take you through a variety of sound for filmmaking, television production, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance disciplines, sound art, post-production, and video game software development.

Damian has worked on films such as Lego Movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Great Gatsby, and Happy Feet 2.


Using Your Creative Mind with Vanessa Alexander

Finding your own voice is the key to creating original work, whether you work in TV, film or shorts. This workshop will look at how you can take your own experiences and launder them through a creative process that transports the essence of your voice into any genre and any place and time.

Vanessa is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker that has worked on projects such as Being EveMagik & Rose, and The Pretender.


Producing with Behren Schulz & Sam Eather

Love is Now producers Behren Schulz and Sam Eather discuss the production process for a film, securing finance and distribution for independent films, as well as tips and tactics for young filmmakers.

Behren has worked on films like Love is Now, The Fragments, Beyond Infinity, and The Code.


Acting for Screen with Rupert Raineri

This workshop provides its students with fundamental screen acting techniques. Students will learn key industry skills including how to break down a scene, build a character, find the truth in performing, take direction and act in front of the camera.

Rupert has worked on projects such as Soldier OnConsider Me, and is starring as Officer Santos in Disney's upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The festival program includes a variety of entertainment including the Opening Night Gala held at Tower Cinemas with a party to follow at Custom’s House in Newcastle. The festival will also deliver an Open Air Cinema in Civic Park, film screenings at Tower Cinema and short film screenings at Newcastle Museum.


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