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Filmonik is back.


Ten Top Tips for Making Great Short Films

Filmonik is am open-screen film night, where once a month we get together and share films and encourage each other to improve our craft.

Every month there’s popcorn, giggles, great short films and sometimes a little disorderly-ness.

It’s open to all and we would love to see you at our next screening. Yes, you!

Here Filmonik film makers & actors compile their 10 best tips for making great short films:

  1. Unlike most things in life, don’t hold back when acting on film
  2. Approach the editing suite with an open mind
  3. Approach the shoot with an open mind and a spool of duct tape
  4. Keep It Simple Stupid – don’t overcomplicate things
  5. Be creative – you don’t need to show everything, just convey a feeling, and that, my friends, can be done for very little money!
  6. Get organised – make sure you have planned as much as possible before the shoot
  7. No matter how tedious it may seem, or how bad you are at drawing (tugs at own collar) make a storyboard and a shot list. Then make sure you get them all during the shoot, so that in the editing suit you have choices. Choices!!
  8.  Say the lines like no-one is watching
  9. If you are short on story ideas, choose an amazing location and let it do the talking
  10. Don’t be scared – every single thing you produce improves your craft


To see the fabulous short films that Filmonik Film makers produce, come along to our next screening as part fo the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Learn to Edit (Without Hurting Your Hip Pocket)

editing-film11Filmonik is a community of film makers, and we’re all about giving people the skills & tools to make short film magic happen.

This fantastic tip came in from one of our newest Filmonik recruits who is learning to edit at the moment.

Adobe Premiere Pro, and the whole CC suite is installed on public computers for free use if you are a member of the Melbourne City Library Network.

Being a member of the Melbourne library network is also free, and you can join online in under 2 mins. So just do it already!

The Makers Lab (Level 2) at the Library at the Dock have 8-10 iMacs and we have it on good advice that you can nearly always get one. They often run free courses between 5pm and 7pm.

The new Kathleen Syme Library in Faraday Street Carlton where they have two iMacs installed with the CC suite.

If you are a Melbourne City Library member you can also log on to “Lynda” E-Resources and do all their video courses from home. These are extensive and Adobe Premiere Pro has over 50 different courses available in 1-2 hour tutorials.

Where do you like to edit your films?

What are your tips for learning to edit on a budget?

“Made In Melbourne” Film Festival at our Next Screening for #MFringe

There really isn’t anything we ♡ more than a film made in Melbourne.

So we are super excited to have the folks from the Made in Melbourne Film Festival along to our next Filmonik screening.

Made in Melbourne submissions are now open – so get submitting, you talented film folks!

Doubly appropriate is the fact that it’s our special edition Filmonik, which is part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

What better way to celebrate the swathes of talent in lovely Melbourne-town?

See you at Loop Project Space, September 28, 7pm.

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Nelson Walkom to Play at our Fringe Festival Show

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The fabulous independent musician Nelson Walkom will be playing at our next Filmonik as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival!

If you haven’t heard Nelson’s refreshing electric guitar work accompanied with spine-tingling downbeat lyrical content we recommend you do, stat!

Nelson is is currently performing songs from his new E.P ‘untitled 2015’ around Melbourne.

Catch him at our show 7.30 pm, September 28 at Loop Project Space.