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A selection of magical moments from 2016!

December 20, 2016

We can’t believe that 2016 is drawing to a close, it has been our biggest year EVER and there are so many highlights! To celebrate, we thought we would reflect on and share with you some of our proudest moments from the last 12 months.

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Yesterday, today, Temora

December 08, 2016

We were very excited to be able to support the Dramatic Minds Festival in Temora this year by sending one of our filmmakers, Barbara Beinart Pashut to run workshops with the local youth, screen a short film she made with peers through our filmmaking program and judge the local high school filmmaking competition. Barbara has been on an incredible journey, she is a mental health advocate with lived experience of mental health issues and she has a passion for grassroots activism. Barbara joined our documentary filmmaking workshops conducted at 3 Bridges Community in March this year and made a short film ‘Gratus’ alongside six peers. Through the process Barbara found a passion for advocacy and filmmaking. In this blog, Barbara shares about her experiences from the Dramatic Minds Festival.

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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability at Bus Stop!

December 03, 2016

We were delighted to be given the opportunity to send three of our students to various events this week in the lead up to International Day of People with a Disability. The students presented some of our films and conducted Q & A’s with local community groups and government sectors across Sydney to raise awareness about the abilities of people with a disability. Check out what they said!

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The anniversary of my amputation :-)

November 30, 2016

Rubie Crofts is a creative and energetic designer and artist who’s also dabbled in some acting too. She’s a brilliant ambassador for positive body image and in this latest Bus Stop blog, Rubie shares about her journey with Neurofibromatosis type 1 and the liberation that came when she had her leg amputated six years ago. Since the amputation Rubie has gone onto achieve many personal goals and be a living example that people with disabilities are not limited, they can indeed achieve anything they put their mind to.

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How To Write A Script Scene: A Five Point Checklist

November 07, 2016

Alex Bloom is the founder of Script Reader Pro where they help screenwriters to finesse their craft and skills through interactive and hands on exercises. They provide relevant and critical feedback to help writers develop and improve their scripts. Today Alex shares with us his Five-point checklist to writing a great scene.

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Nathan Basha at Byron Bay International Film Festival!

November 04, 2016

We were excited to be able to support our ambassador Nathan Basha to attend the Byron Bay International Film Festival this year in order to represent the film Heartbreak and Beauty which was selected to screen in competition at the festival. The film was developed over 10 months of filmmaking workshops with 12 students with an intellectual disability. Three students co-directed, Nathan being one of them and 9 students performed. In this blog post, Nathan tells all about the festival and what the experience was like!

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Rawley at Panavision!

September 22, 2016

We were so excited to partner with Panavision, to facilitate some work experience for our wonderful filmmaking student, Rawley Reynolds. Throughout August, Rawley had the opportunity to work with this iconic camera rental house and learn everything there was to learn about cameras, check out his blog on the experience!

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Sarah: Program Manager and Bus Stop Films Advocate

August 19, 2016

Sarah’s been with Bus Stop Film’s since the early days, bringing not only enthusiasm and warmth to her role, but 7 years as a teacher and personal development planner for people living with disability. She’s also a warrior of justice, risking her life at times for vital messages to be shared as seen by her work documenting forgotten injustices, particularly within Africa. We were able to catch up with Sarah and learn more about her!

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Authentic Casting in Action: Ben Phillips’ Experience on ‘Offspring’

August 05, 2016

I was very excited to have the opportunity to audition for a role on season six of, ‘Offspring’. They were looking for actors to play two blind characters, but wanted to remain genuine by putting authentic casting in action. Unfortunately, there aren’t many blind actors going around these days — many of them have sadly been discouraged in the past from performing on stage and screen, but leaders in the industry like Endemol Shine Australia are helping to change that.

Being blind my whole life, and being an actor, I was fairly confident that I could pull off playing a blind character. But how would this role fit in with the storyline of Offspring?

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Introducing our Ambassadors, Abby Earl and Nathan Basha!

July 29, 2016

Bus Stop Films (BSF) is excited to welcome Abby Earl, star of Channel 7’s ‘A Place to Call Home’, and Nathan Basha, international speaker and award winning disability employment advocate, into the roles of ambassadors for Bus Stop Films. Together they bring with them a wealth of knowledge about the film industry and a passion to help us usher more diversity and inclusion into our cinematic landscape.

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‘Gratus’ for the Memories

July 08, 2016

Excitingly in April, Bus Stop Films rolled out a 10 week documentary studies program involving 9 individuals who are on a path to recovery following a diagnosis of mental illness. Funded by 3 Bridges Community through their Partners in Recovery (PIR) program, students joined the Bus Stop documentary studies workshops to engage in an accessible ‘film school experience’ — culminating in, ‘Gratus’, a performative, poetic documentary exploring how the quality of gratitude, is an important step in the road to recovery.

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Monica Power: Support Worker and Undercover Superwoman at BSF Workshops

July 02, 2016

She’s a dedicated support worker and undercover super woman, lending us a hand for a committed five years at our film studies workshops! These workshops are run through the Inclusive Communities Education Program (ICEP) at Sydney Community College (SCC) – and her support is invaluable to us – we wouldn’t run as smoothly without it! She is truly one of our unsung hero…that we really need to sing a song about!

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Character Design, Costume Design – the Two Go Hand in Hand

June 17, 2016

Costume design goes hand in hand with character creation. What is one of the first things we notice about a character on film? How they look – and costume design plays an integral role in this. Our students were able to meet Bek Gould, costume designer for their film project, ‘Kill Off’, where she taught them the craft and processes of what costume designers do, explaining how elements like the clothing and accessories convey the character’s personality, circumstances and adds authenticity to the film.

So how exactly does it do this?

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Advocacy, Inclusion and Diversity: An Evening with Jamie Brewer

June 03, 2016

We were very proud to be at the helm of bringing Jamie Brewer to Australia to work with our students on our upcoming film ‘Kill Off’. But we wanted to go a step further. Jamie is an advocate and our film industry needs some help in becoming more diverse and inclusive. So we partnered with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen NSW to put on an advocacy night: “An Evening with Jamie Brewer; thoughts and reflections on diversity and inclusion in the film industry.”

Excitement buzzed on the night of May 25th, as Bus Stop Films along with AFTRS and Screen NSW prepared for a night of rich discussion surrounding inclusion and diversity both in front of the camera and behind it.

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Being a director: An Interview with Robin Bryan

May 04, 2016

Robin has been participating in film studies at Bus Stop Films since 2011 and over the last four years she has taken a keen interest in directing. She received first-hand experience of the directing process on The Interviewer, and was mentored by Genevieve throughout the making of the film. Robin took to the director’s chair again and directed the “Sisterhood” sequence of Bus Stop’s 2014 experimental film, Heartbreak & Beauty. She loves art and one of her favourite film of all time is Anne of Green Gables.

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Bus Stop moves to AFTRS!

April 29, 2016

A new chapter opens for Bus Stop Films, as we partner with AFTRS to give our students the quality resources and facilities they all deserve in their pursuit for more knowledge and understanding of the film industry. Opening their doors to diversity and inclusion, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School is set to officially host the first BSF Film Club tomorrow!

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READY. SET. MIRO! The journey begins…

April 15, 2016

Some of our lucky Bus Stop Films students had the Condobolin Feature Film Experience a few Tuesdays ago. They trekked the long journey to central NSW town, Condobolin (where Aussie icon, Shannon Noll, shot his (in)famous single, ‘What About Me?’), and helped out behind-the-scenes…as well as on-screen too! What have they gained from this valuable experience?

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Johanna Garvin: Why can’t it be different?

March 31, 2016

Johanna Garvin is determined to forge a career for herself in the film industry, as a woman living with Cerebral Palsy (CP). She brings a unique perspective to just how exclusive our film industry can be. In this blog, Johanna reflects on the challenges she has been faced with in trying to enter the film industry and causes us to question: why can’t it be different?

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Are you the One? — Choosing the Right Actor for your Film

March 18, 2016

It goes without saying that actors are a core piece of any film so it’s imperative we choose the right ones. So how do we pick the best actors for our films? Our Bus Stop Films students tackled this issue in recent workshops and were given the great opportunity to put their knowledge to the test by experiencing the auditioning process for themselves, whilst in the seat of the casting director! What are the important four (and fifth implicit) points we need to look for in our acting candidates?

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Interviewing Nathan Basha – NSW Young Australian of the Year Finalist

February 26, 2016

Breaking disability stigma and stereotypes, Nathan Basha is a motivational advocate – a speaker for social change. As he likes to say, he might happen to have Down syndrome but, “That’s not who I am.” He is in fact a filmmaker, university student, actor and an assistant at both Nova 96.9 and Taste Creative. Nathan juggles all of that on top of working towards his goal of getting employment for 20 people with intellectual disability – a true wonder human who’s been awarded state finalist for NSW Young Australian of the Year. And he’s charitably taken time out of his busy life to answer a few questions for Bus Stop Films!

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Meet the Team: Hello from Bus Stop Films

February 19, 2016

The film industry is notorious for exclusivity and how difficult it is to get into. It’s because of these barriers that we exist. Since our origins, we’ve been dedicated to building pathways for people who might usually be excluded in society, become included in an industry that is at the forefront of shaping culture and societal views through the power of storytelling.

It’s because of the film industry’s power to influence people that we believe, now, more than ever, diversity needs to be consciously shaped into its structure.

Our media – our film and television – are meant to represent its audience, but in a world that’s multicultural and multifaceted, so much of mainstream film and television still regularly miss the opportunity to tell stories about our diverse and marginalised communities.

So how are we trying to change this?

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Scriptwriting- Breaking through Writers Block

January 29, 2016

Writing a script is never easy but Bus Stop Films want to give you a few tips and tricks to help you break through the writers block and get you inspired!

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The Grateful Journey

January 15, 2016

Dianna La Grassa is joining our team as the Communications Manager and will be helping us with Film Club this year. She has shared a bit about her life experiences, passion for the film industry and overcoming adversity. Find out more about her Grateful Journey!

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It’s not just plot – characters matter too!

December 20, 2015

Memorable characters add flavour to your films! They’re one of the many ways your audience can engage with your story. So how do you create amazing characters? How do you get viewers hooked on not yours, but your characters’ stories? How do you mould a being so fantastical, people can’t help but want to know more?

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A day in the life of the teacher!

October 30, 2015

It goes without saying that there are many people who make up the incredible team at Bus Stop Films; however it is Genevieve Clay-Smith who is teaching, mentoring and delivering the Bus Stop Films, film studies program. 12 students each year are involved in producing their own film under her guidance. Some of these films have gone on to appear in famous film festivals around the world! So, this week’s blog post explores the day in the life of her role as teacher and mentor at Bus Stop Films!

By Paris Cutler

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Emma’s top 7 Rom Coms!

October 16, 2015

Bus Stop Films recently held a 10 week course on the study of the romantic comedy genre. Students learned about the conventions of rom coms and how to recognise them in different films that belong to the genre. Emma Brodie was one of our students who partook in the course, she is an avid poet and artist with a deep appreciation for the romantic comedy and romance genres. Here’s her top 7 romantic comedies of all time and a recap on what she learned from our genre study!

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Victory at South Dakota Film Festival!

October 08, 2015

Bus Stop Films is spreading the word of inclusive filmmaking across the world, and last weekend our film Heartbreak and Beauty won the Jury Award for most Inspiring film at the 2015 South Dakota Film Festival (SDFF) in America’s midwest! Our LA based Co-founder Eleanor Winkler, was fortunate enough to attend and represent Bus Stop Films at the event, check out what she has to say!

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Student’s visit the set of feature film, Sci-Fi Version 1!!

October 01, 2015

On September 18th, two of our students, Alessio and Jordon from Bus Stop Films, were invited to explore the set of Sci-Fi Version 1, a new science fiction thriller starring Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Daniel McPherson. Find out what they learned and saw!

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Genevieve Clay-Smith Wins ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly Qantas Women of the Future competition 2015′

September 24, 2015

Congratulations to Bus Stop Film’s Founder, Genevieve Clay-Smith who was named the Judges’ Choice winner at a celebrity studded gala dinner on Tuesday night held at the Art Gallery of NSW, we couldn’t be more proud!

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What’s it like to be a cinematographer?

September 17, 2015

There are so many roles in the filmmaking process, and our students at Bus Stop Films have had the opportunity learn about them all! In our blog post on what’s it like to be a cinematographer also known as a DOP (director of photography), we chat to Bus Stop Alumni, filmmaker, writer and actress, Audrey O’Connor about her experience working as a cinematographer with Henry Smith on our 2012 film, The Interviewer.

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5 Lessons from Hitchcock

September 10, 2015

Our top 5 tips that aspiring filmmakers, scriptwriters and directors can learn from Hitchcock.

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Story structure, can the rules be broken?

September 03, 2015

We all watch movies and most of us have a sense for how they flow. So why is it so hard to sit down and write one! What exactly is screen writing structure and what are the rules? Can the rules be broken?

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10 Tips for Newbie Filmmakers!

August 27, 2015

When you first embark on a career in filmmaking it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the industry and feel daunted by all of the things you need to learn. This week we are sharing some tips for filmmakers that are just starting out.

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Visiting the set of Mary: The Making of a Princess!

August 17, 2015

First we toured the makeup truck which was sooooo COOL! We met the lady who did the makeup for the whole cast and her name is Chiara Tripiodi and she did the makeup for Max in Where The Wild Things Are and won an Emmy which is a great achievement.

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Inside Out review by student, Nathan Basha!

August 13, 2015

The film explores the importance of making mistakes, learning and how we all need to feel sad, happy, nervous, and angry at different times.

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Libby in the Spotlight!

July 07, 2015

We were delighted to see one of our students Libby Banks, feature in the Inner West Courier to promote Heartbreak and Beauty and it’s inclusion in this year’s Palm Springs Shortfest film festival.

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Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival 2015

June 22, 2015

Genevieve Clay-Smith is currently in LA, with Bus Stop Film’s latest short, Heart Break & Beauty which screened today, to a packed audience! So we thought it was a great time to ask her a few questions.

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Film Review: Gladiator

February 16, 2015

By Nathan Basha

Ridley Scott’s action genre adventure revenge film, Gladiator is a physical and emotional journey following character Maximus Decimus Meridius’s struggle to overcome the loss of his loved ones, at the hand of a corrupt Roman Government…

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