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A Sydney/LA based company has launched an ambitious new mentoring program designed at discovering, nurturing and promoting young talent in the making of a professional grade feature film. They have enlisted the help from experienced film industry professionals and educators through the world-renowned UCLA Extension. Their first production is scheduled for release in 2007; with workshops and production starting in February 2006.

Local moviemakers team up with Hollywood to turn Australian high school students into movie pros.

Australian and Hollywood filmmakers, educators and business experts are teaming up to launch PartyCp8, an out-of-school training program designed to empower Australian high school students with first class Low Budget Digital Feature Film-Making skills.

The fifteen-month certificate course culminates in the development of a full feature film, where the students fulfil all roles from acting to direction, wardrobe design to editing under the guidance and supervision of professional filmmakers.

New South Wales government Minister for Business and Regional Development, The Hon David Campbell, launched the project. He said PartyCp8 was an important initiative that promoted skills and Australian industry as well as creating a potential source of export income.

“Film industry activates the whole economy. We wholeheartedly endorse programs that initiate real life work experience for the next generation of filmmakers.”

PartyCp8 is an Australian initiative. Its co-founder Adrian Bertino-Clarke said the goal was to open the doors of opportunity to talented high schoolers by providing an insight into the film industry and the best professional training programs.

“Digital technology means anyone with the skills can produce high quality work,” said Mr Bertino-Clarke, “however, very few can access the wealth of knowledge and experience available in Hollywood – until now. With the kind of mentoring program we designed, we believe that our students will be able to write, act, direct and produce a world-class product that will make us all very proud.”

Upon completion students will receive a completion certificate and the much sought-after feature film credits. Credits they receive on the movie production will entitle them to join relevant professional guilds.

Adrian Bertino-Clarke’s background is in Business Development, Management and Screenwriting. His co-founder, Artur Kade, is an award winning videographer who runs a successful multimedia production company in Sydney. Together they came up with the original concept and secured an impressive list of film industry instructors and educators including the prestitious UCLA Extension in Los Angeles.

“If you are interested in film, television, advertising, writing, animation, production, or even law and accounting; the PartyCp8 program is designed like no other to give your film industry career a real jump start,” said Mr Bertino-Clarke. “The entertainment industry is massive, extremely rewarding and recession-proof – but very difficult to enter; our project is designed to overcome the main barrier preventing access to young talent: the lack of appropriate track record - a feature film credit”.

“There’s huge demand for quality family movies. Young people have amazing creative talent. PartyCp8 is a new way to tap into it, nurture and develop it by giving them the professional skills that Hollywood masters can offer in a fun, practical and economic way.

PartyCp8 is a 70-week course run primarily after school hours. The weekly 3-hour workshops cover all relevant aspects of low budget HD digital feature filmmaking, from story development all the way through production, marketing and distribution. But the most important aspect of the course is the unique opportunity to put the skills to the test in an actual feature film production.

Mark Dempsey, from UCLA Extension said: “we will deliver 15 web-cast sessions with lectures and Q&A segments. We’ll give them content as well as discuss their own project. PartyCp8 is a very comprehensive program; it’s taken us ten months to design”.

UCLA Extension prides itself of being at the cutting edge of educational projects; PartyCp8 is just another example. Mark Added, “we really liked this project and strongly believe that distance education is the way of the future – particularly when it is so pragmatic, goal oriented and with such tangible outcomes as, in PartyCp8’s case, a feature film”.

The first series of workshops start in February 2006. Applications are open.

For More Information Contact

Adrian Bertino-Clarke

Phone: +61 2 9209-4312 (AUS) or +1 310 817 6253 (US)

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