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Friday, 3rd April, 2009

A Sydney film production training company is inviting the city's budding filmmakers to take part in a documentary and film making project. The Silver Sun Documentary. Project will run over three consecutive weekends in May and June in Broken Hill. Metro Screen will train 12 locals in all areas of film making including pre-production, camera operation, editing and post production.

It will culminate with the screening of a 15 to 20 minute documentary made by those who participate. Metro Screen's Bethany Bruce said the project would skill up people in the city and might help to attract more film companies to the region.

"The workshop components of the project will directly involve building the skills of local film artists," she said. "We believe that with the injection of screen training in Broken Hill and surrounding areas, local filmmakers will have the opportunity to develop their film making skills without having to travel long distances and outlay large costs. "The development of skills locally could lead to an increase in independent film production and create work for screenwriters, producers, editors and directors." West Darling Arts, a not for profit group supporting local artists, would work with Metro Screen to make the event a success, according to communications co-ordinator Del Hughes.

"Metro Screen will set up a studio in the office of the West Darling Arts in the Town Hall facade complete with cameras, filming equipment and editing suites," Ms Hughes said. "This will be the base for all workshops which will provide valuable skills in all areas of documentary film making from the conception of the idea to the final screening."

The final documentary will screen in and around the city as part of Big Screen, the National Film and Sound Archive's touring film festival. Metro Screen has been providing training and production support for filmmakers for more than 25 years. Anyone wishing to participate should register an expression of interest by visiting metroscreen.org.au or by telephoning James Giddey on 0428 881 525.

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