Sydney Content Times &  Dates Session by Session

Starts Thursday 12th October 2023- Finishes March 2024 - Phone 1800131166

Big Start Up Night 5th October 2023 - Learn about Filmmaking & Meet your Future Collaborators

Thursday 12th October 2023  6.30pm – 9.30pm – Colm O’Murchu Instructor

Introduction Meet your fellow course participants . This is one of the most important factors of any course

  • 5 Month Film School Objective. – The Film Production Plan – You will make a film.
  • Setting the Goal for your Film Group – 5 Months to a completed 10 minute Short Film.
  • The Shots – Coverage – Shot Lists – Actor Blocking – Study Film
  • Production Design –  Study Film
  • How to shoot a scene (Actual demonstration of How to Shoot a Scene)|

2  Thursday Night –  19th October 2023 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm Screenplay Specialist Story Invention Workshop:

 In this session we create the Story for the Film Production. We show you exactly how to create a story that grabs the audience

 Learn How to write a great story & screenplay:

  • How to get ideas for a story
  • Story generating exercises
  • Working from character
  • Building conflict
  • Using scene outlines
  • Working in pairs to come up with a short film concept

3   Tuesday Night 31st October  6.30pm – 9.30pm Story Invention Workshop 

Scene outline exercise – writing a scene

  • Formatting your script – using Writer Duet free software to professionally format a script
  • Pitch Night Pitch your idea for your story 
  • Workshop further the story with Objectives Obstacles and Story Stucutre.
  • Voluntary homework: Write the First Draft of the Screenplay and Submit

4 Tuesday Night  7th November 6.30pm – 9.30pm   – Camera Training

How to use professional Cameras 

You will learn how to operate a Professional Camera and shoot a scene

  • All Professional Film Equipment will be on site and you will work with it. 
  • Tour of Camera Equipment and Lenses and Tripod
  • Black Magic Camera and Lenses and Tripod
  • Prime lenses – 13mm – 28 mm 36 mm 70 mm
  • How to balance a Fluid Head Tripod
  • How to focus effectively using a Focus Chart
  • How to get the best F Stop
  • How to frame a shot beautifully
  • How to pan and tilt

The Session will end with shooting a 30 second scene with 3 different Camera Shots.

5 Tuesday Night  14th November  2023 6.30pm – 9.30pm   Using Professional Location Sound Equipment and Lighting 

 Location Sound

  • Using the Professional Sound Recorder.
  • The Shotgun Microphone – The Wind Sock – The Foam Sock
  • The Pistol Grip – The Boom Pole
  • Wireless Transmitters and Receivers – Lapel Microphones
  • Setting the right sound levels –   How to record top class Professional Sound

LIGHTING  You learn to use all of the Lighting and Gaffer Equipment

  • The Film Lights:Dedos
  • LED Lights x 3  – Amazing Lights and how they work.
  • Gels –  Spun –  Reflectors
  • How to do three point lighting on a film set.
  • The last 45 minutes –   Shoot a demo 30 second scene.

6 Thursday  Night  23rd November   6.30pm – 9.30pm Screenplay Final 

  • Review of Chosen Screenplay
  • In class editing, cutting, polishing
  • Workshop to make the screenplay better.
  • Final review and reading of script
  • Writing dialogue – text and subtext
  • Editing exercise, in pairs
  • Writing is Rewriting 

 Tuesday  Night  28th November 2023 6.30pm – 9.30pm  –  Colm O’Murchu and Eddie Ayara.  

  • The Best Gear for you to practice on 
  • If you decide to purchase gear, what is the very best place to get gear
  • A Very tight Budget and what you can get to make your films spectacular 
  • Reminder All Professional Gear supplied by Australian Film Base for the 5 Month Film School Technical Training Sessions and Film Shoots. 
  • It is great if you can to build an arsenal of Film Equipment for after the 5 Month Film School and even to practice on at home now. 
  • Eddie Aryara talks about his rise from Film Student on the 5 Month Film School to his 4th Feature Film making millions of Dollars. 
  • Eddie Araya goes thought Top End Film Equipment – The Dream Gear package for Full On Feature Films that look Hollywood

8 Tuesday  Night  5th December  2023 6.30pm – 9.30pm  –  Casting Setup and Your Plan for Your Own Personal Film 

  • Casting Tuition: How Casting Works out:  
  • Setting up a Casting using StarNow – placing an ad for your film Casting 
  • How to Direct the Visual Shot listing and Blocking  A Directors Skill
  • Production Design and the Film Director

 9 Tuesday Night 12th December     6.30pm – 9.30pm     Production Management One 

Prepare the Movie Shoot –

As we are getting close to the  Shoot,  the focus is now on how to produce the 10-minute film by actually producing it.

Producer Preparation –

  • Casting Book the Actors for Casting Night 
  • The Shoot Schedule – The Script shall be broken down and set into 3 Shooting Days.
  • Locations – How to lock down final locations
  • Location Scouting & Negotiation.

The Trial Shoot 8.3pm – 9.30pm   To go through the shoot organisation , we will shoot a one page scene from a Hollywood Movie with two actors on site. This will be a fun exercise that will prepare you for the 3 days of shooting.


10 Tuesday  Night  19th December    6.30pm – 9.30pm   Casting Night with  Film Director – Colm O’Murchu 

Casting Night – Real Live Auditions with Real Actors – Fun

  • Work on the Casting of Actors
  • Set up the Lights and Camera and operate them
  • Use the Lapel Microphone on the actors auditioning
  • Every 10 minutes an actor is scheduled for the casting
  • Course participants get to direct the actors in the casting
  • Aprox 25 actors will attend

You will learn an invaluable skill.  You will  know how to cast a film effectively by doing it for real. This is a favourite session, as one learns how to pick the best actors from the audition. 

Holiday Break - Wednesday 20th December 2023 - Tuesday 16th January 2024

Tuesday Night 16th January  2024 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm  –   Directing Actors. –  The Full Breakdown   Colm O’Murchu.

 Tonight’s focus is firmly placed on working with actors.,.Actor Blocking and how it will determine the shot list.

  • Top 10 Tips for working with actors on set.
  • How to direct Actors effectively when you are starting out.

Part Two Rehearsals with the  actual actors cast for the film.
Actors for the Short film will arrive at 7.30pm

  • Costumes for the actors finalised.
  • Rehearsals with the actors How to rehearse
  • Learn by rehearsing with the Actors

12 Tuesday 23rd January 2024       6.30pm – 9.30pm  Colm O’Murchu –  Film Career and Opportunity 

After your short Film is complete, how do you find the audience and how do you find work in the film business.

  • Film Festivals and your strategy for entering
  • What is the best site for Film Festivals
  • Earning money on Stock Video Sites
  • Where is the work in the film industry
  • Your plan for getting work in the film industry
  • Film Markets and how feature films are sold and make money.

13 Tuesday Night 30th January 2024   6.30pm – 9.30pm      

Shoot Preparations:  
 All Final Preparations for the Shoot:  Scott Jacobs

Tonight you will complete all the final preparations and the preproduction for the movie that you will shoot.

  • Final Schedule organised.
  • Final checklist for the following – Locations – Crew – Production Design
  • Equipment Set Up.
  • The Essential Crew– Itemised Director, DOP , Focus Puller, Clapper, Sound Recordist, Boom Swinger, Gaffer x 2,  Grips , Continuity Production Co-ordinator.
  • Rotations for the Shoot organised

14 Tuesday Night 6th February    6.30pm – 8.30pm 

READY STEADY GO:   Film Equipment  Final Training Bootcamp

  • Call Sheets and how they are prepared

Final Bootcamp Practice with the camera, lighting and sound equipment to ensure you are “set-ready” and the crew works as a well oiled machine before the shoot.  

The  Three Day Film Shoot –  On Real Location Learn how to shoot a Movie by doing it for real.

15  Saturday 10th February     8am – 6pm    On Location: Shoot Day One 

You will direct a scene and  you will work as a crew member on a real film with real actors on real locations. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This will be from the film script you developed and the actors you cast. 

Director & Crew Roles for the Film Shoot that you will do:

  1. Director
  2. DOP
  3. Focus Puller
  4. Clapper
  5. Sound Recordist
  6. Boom Swinger
  7. Gaffer
  8. Grips
  9. Continuity
  10. Make up

16 Tuesday Night –  13th February    6.30pm – 9.30pm  Shoot Review and Preparation for Weekend Two  Edit Session One 

First Hour 

  • Review of shooting Day One.
  • Prepare Shoot Day 2 & 3

Hour Two and Three 

  • Adobe Premier Pro Set up Preparation for Start of Post Production 
  • How to Data Manage your Footage 
  • How to sync your audio and video 
  • Prepare to edit 
  • Watch Rushes

17 Saturday 17th February   – 8am – 6pm  : Shoot Day Two On Location

2Today you will work as a crew member, as a Director and as a DOP  on a real film. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This is 100% hands-on practical.

Director & Crew Roles for the Film Shoot that you will do:

  1. Director
  2. DOP
  3. Focus Puller
  4. Clapper
  5. Sound Recordist
  6. Boom Swinger
  7. Gaffer
  8. Grips
  9. Continuity
  10. Make up

18 Shoot Day Three –  Sunday 18th February   8am – 6pm

 The Film Shoot on location

Today the Crew shoot on their own. You will work as a crew member on a real film. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This is 100% hands-on practical.
The Three Week challenge:
   Edit the entire Short Film 10 minutes long Voluntary


19 Thursday 29th February  –  6.30pm – 9.30pm    Edit Class Two  Learn How to Edit your Film.  Tim MaineYou learn to edit the movie, on Adobe Premiere Pro.We currently have a video tutorial series of 11 tutorials, only available to people on the 4 Month Filmmaking Course. One must use these tutorials with the editing course lessons  and the footage from the film. This way you will edit the entire short film.

Editing a short film takes time and enthusiasm to complete outside of class time.   Therefore it is voluntary section of the course and also the edit itself is a voluntary to complete. 

Allow 20 – 30 voluntary hours over a month, to complete an edit outside of course time.

Please note that editing is a great skill to learn and there is so much work in the film and video business for talented editors. It also pays well.

You will need a Laptop or Desktop computer with a minimum of 8GB of Ram and the Adobe Premiere Pro Software available from Adobe.

You learn to edit the movie, on Adobe Premier Pro.  Editing continues on the film.
You will learn how a film is edited and how to make the film look and sound professional.

  • Edit the film
  • How to edit the material into a complete scene
  • You actually edit the film on Adobe Premiere Pro

Please note that editing and colouring is a very valuable skill to learn. There is plenty of work for very good editors in the film business. Postproduction has the most jobs.

20 Thursday 14th March 10am – 1pm        Edit Night Three  Finish the post on the film. 

  • Colouring the film to make the film look great.
  • Music and how to use Stock Sites to source your music.
  • Adding music to your film
  • Credits and Titles
  • Preparing for Sound Mix
  • Exporting your final Film.

21 Sound Post Saturday 23rd March 2024     10am – 4pm  

Sound Post and Music mix Session This is what makes the difference between a good film and a great film and will make the difference between success and not succeeding.You will work with the legendary John Hresc who is one of the top Sound Designers.  Learn how films are sound mastered. 

22  Thursday Night 28th March   7pm – 10pm  The Final Night Celebration Certificates and Screening of the Film       

Screening of the complete finished film and Certificates and Indie Film Club

  • Future Opportunities
  • Screening of the Finished Completed Film
  • 5 Month Film Making Certificate” Presentation.
  • Photos of group.
  • Social Mixer and Celebration



  1. Indie Film Club Meetings  after 5 Month Film School to network and find new film projects.
  2. Numerous Film Productions that mushroom from Indie Film Club and the Film Course 
  3. Personal Coaching – one on one to help you achieve your goals.  ( Please inquire)
  4. At the end of 5 Months, you will have worked on and created a 10 – 12 minute movie, learned how to be a Film Director and Filmmaker and Catapulted your Film Career 

    • We teach you, step by step, the process of scripting shooting casting and crewing and directing a 10 minute short film.
    • You will also learn to edit and colour, source your music and finish your film professionally.
    • You will learn the technical side of filmmaking, how to operate cameras and record professional location sound.
    • You will know exactly what to do, to make your own personal film professionally, that will attract film festivals and will make you into a Film Director and Producer
    • You will have ongoing support from Australian Film Base with after film course support, gear supply and shoot help with your Shoot PM. BOOKINGS —> 1800131166 Or Email:

The Film Instructors Taught by Filmmakers for Future Filmmakers

Colm O'Murchu

Colm O’Murchu is a successful Indie Filmmaker and Director of three world-wide successfully released feature films and one documentary. He created and has run Australian Film Base since 1997 and helped filmmakers produce hundreds of short films. 

On each of his live film courses in Australia, a 12 minute movie is produced. On his advanced Film Courses, a feature film is produced.  His most recent film Tabernacle 101 (See Trailer below)has been released worldwide in 2020 and currently available on Prime Video, Apple TV & Tube. It has won 18 Awards and has been selected in 38 International Film Festivals. 

His mission is to help up and coming and emerging Filmmakers make their films successful and loves to help up and coming filmmakers make it in the film business.


Eddie Arya Top Film Director

Eddie Arya is now one of our two Main Film Instructors at the Sydney 5 Month Film School.   He started Filmmaking with no previous experience in 2011. He enrolled on the 5 Month Film School in Sydney and the 5 Month Film School catapulted him into the world of filmmaking. He immediately started making films writing directing and producing “The Navigator”,  “The System” and “Risen.” He is now swiftly becoming one of the worlds top Film Directors.  

Risen  secured a major distribution deal in Los Angeles with Vertical Entertainment for a theatrical release all across United States and a worldwide release on VOD and digital platforms. Check out Eddie Arya’s most recent Movie Trailer “Risen”  Please see trailer below and you can see full film on Prime Video.


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