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Show 2.01, “Schools In For Summer”

Peter Thurmer, MAPS Film School coordinator with Chrissy and Beck

Peter Thurmer, coordinator of MAPS Film School, dropped into the studios for our first show of the year, to give us the lowdown on what their school can offer to the starry eyed future film maker. Amongst the chatter we also asked him about his thoughts on the new Adelaide Studios and some of the very talented people who have signed on to teach at MAPS for 2012.

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For our education special we looked high and low for the places in Adelaide where you can get your start in film and TV.


Tertiary Level Courses (i.e. Bachelors and Diplomas)

    Flinders University is perhaps the best known of the tertiary level screen courses in SA due to some of their famous alumni (like Scott Hicks and Noni Hazelhurst). They offer a Bachelor of Creative Arts in which you can major in Digital Media, Drama and Screen.
    MAPS Film School (Hamilton Secondary College) is, as described by Peter Thurmer, Adelaide’s only film school. The first year for the Diploma in Screen and Media students focus on all elements of film production and choose a focus study in the second year for the Advanced Diploma.
    University of Adelaide doesn’t have a film program per say but do offer a Bachelor of Media that focuses more on research based media theory and analysis.

Short Courses

    Adult learning centres like WEA can offer basic skills courses in cameras and editing.
    The South Australian branch of the Screen Development Australia is the Media Resource Centre. They offer funding, production initiatives, lectures and short courses all especially aimed for people looking to start their career in screens.
    AFTRS (aff-ters or ahf-ters depending on who you’re talking to) is the Australian Television and Radio School is the nationally accredited screen arts and broadcast school. The main campus is in Sydney but some courses are offered in Melbourne. If a move is out of the question they also offer an open program of short courses. Some courses are exclusively online and select courses are taught in Adelaide but not very often so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website. If you’re super keen you can always go across the border for a weekend and do a short course in Melbourne.

If you have any experiences with these institutions I’d love to get some feedback. My descriptions are only from what I can garner from the websites – inside knowledge would be much appreciated!

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“Life on Mars?” – Seu Jorge, from “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”
“Devil Song” – theredsunband
“Australia (live)” – Amanda Palmer
Actor Turned Singer: “It’s Not Me It’s You” – Coconut Records (Jason Schwartzman)
“Pa Pa Power” – Dead Man’s Bones
From the Vaults: “Baby, Don’t You Break My Heart So Slow” – Vonda Shepard and Emily Saliers from the Indigo Girls, from “Ally McBeal”

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Show 1.20, “Kojo Mojo”

Kojo has been described as the Adelaide film mafia. Maybe because they offer services in all facets of film and media production – content creation, post production studios and even event management. CEO Loewn Steel spoke to us about Kojo’s current state of transition and how they came to be such a powerhouse in SA.
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One of the subsidiaries of Kojo, Spirit Films, is soon to be bundled up under the Kojo blanket. Their current project with Study Adelaide is a series of short films enticing international students to choose Adelaide to study. Directed by Roh Smith and cinematography by Nima Nabili Rad the short films look at different aspects of Adelaide lifestyle, like AFL and the Central Markets.

Dale Roberts, Director of Content and Post Production, at Spirit Films talks to us about the project and what they do at Spirit. Dale starts off by telling us how his career in film production started which involves one day of university study.
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MAPS Film School director, Peter Thurmer, came on the show a few weeks ago to discuss MAPS and while we had him we asked him for a Rant of the Week. He did not disappoint. Cinemas are dying, torrents are thriving, and Australian audiences don’t like Australian films. (And for your linking pleasure, Peter discusses Gabriel (2009).)
Download: Peter Thurmer, Rant of the Week

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“Oh Hai” – MiCrow Jupiter, excerpts taken from The Room (2003)
“Fljótavik” – Sigur Rós
“Search and Destroy” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” – We Are Scientists
“Relator” – Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn
“The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” – Ennio Morricone, from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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Show 1.18, “Fairy Tales and Cartography”

Peter Thurmer has been the coordinator of Adelaide’s MAPS Film School for 20 years now. As well as his career in film education, he’s also been involved in radio and still calls himself a stills photographer. He’s been involved in 760 short films through MAPS and is passionate about them all. He discusses what he calls “the director cult”, the importance of producers, and we ask him the big question: What is MAPS?
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MAPS Film School has been in danger of being shut down due to government cut backs. Peter gives us the update on this and then chats about his career in media.
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You can see MAPS student films on their MAPS TV Youtube profile.

Australian author Julia Leigh wrote and directed her first feature Sleeping Beauty which debuted at Cannes and opened for wide release this year. Arts Breakfast’s Cath Kenneally caught up with Julia over the phone and asked the tough questions about her controversial film.
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“Magic Dance” – David Bowie and Trevor Jones, from Labyrinth (1986)
“As The World Falls Down” – David Bowie and Trevor Jones, from Labyrinth (1986)
“Fashion Is Danger” – Flight of the Conchords
“Look Up” – Toni Collette and the Finish
“My Bro” – Tonetta

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