FTI Film School


Course Information

DateSat Feb 4th - March 11th
Time2:00 - 5:00pm
PresentersRos Walker
Venue48 Lake Street, Northbridge
FeeFull course: $120 (FTI Members) | $180 (General public) | Per Unit: $20 (FTI Members) | $30 (General public)
Course CodePSC2017

Six Essential Producing Skills classes to make industry friends and influence people.


Want to break into the screen industry? FTI’s PRODUCING YOUR SCREEN CAREER covers the essential skills you will need to pursue a career in film production. Taught by Ros Walker, FTI’s Director of Screen Production, the course is suited to emerging producers, writers and directors and offers insights and tips on how to successfully navigate a career path in the screen industry. 


Each Screen Career unit looks at different hurdles of the entertainment business, covering topics such as; the art of networking, how to pitch your yourself and your project effectively, writing strong funding applications, and current market / industry opportunities that are available locally, nationally and internationally.


This course is especially useful for those wanting to apply for funding through Screenwest’s Elevate 30 or Elevate 70 in 2017.


Running over 6 weeks, Producing Your Screen Career will be held on SATURDAY AFTERNOONS (2:00-5:00pm) in Feb & March. You can enrol into the full course OR FTI is offering the option to enrol in each unit separately. 


Ros will guide you through the theory and practice of:


  1. PITCHING (Sat, 4th Feb)  How to sell yourself and your projects with a professional verbal pitch. The unit covers how to prepare, rehearse and present a powerful pitch with techniques to help you overcome nervousness about pitching to industry professionals.

  2. WRITING STRONG APPLICATIONS (Sat, 11th Feb): There are simple and obvious elements to writing a strong application for production or development funding or for obtaining an internship or job in the industry. Funny how often it’s the simple things that get missed! Ros, who has assessed hundreds of funding applications (some exceptionally poor) , will put aside her slightly jaded perspective, to enthusiastically show you how being just a bit bureaucratic can be useful for getting what you want! 

  3. PITCHING DOCUMENTS (Sat, 18th Feb): Your pitch documents are a powerful selling tool but they can be difficult to get right and vary for different types of projects. There are different requirements for written documents to pitch TV, film, games, interactive and VR. This class will set the general requirements and look at examples from successful shows. We’ll also look at pitching doc’s to sell your project including how to create a strong marketing kit and the complex (but achievable) art of creating a good synopsis. 

  4. BUDGETING - SHORT FILMS (Sat, 25th Feb): A straightforward wander through the Screen Australia A-Z Short Film Budget with tips and suggestions for how to cut corners that you won’t see on screen and where you do need to spend money including  arguments for why writers, producers and directors need to be paid too!

  5. NETWORKING - MAKING FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE (Sat, 4th March): This fun unit was one of the most popular at the VCA School of Film and Television because it distills how to succeed at a very important key life skill; how to  master the art of networking, how to  meet and get on with people and have them remember you! This class is light-hearted, interactive and includes everything from how to succeed networking at events and festivals, being able to market yourself and your projects, what info you need on a business card, organising your contacts and making lasting connections with people.

  6. INDUSTRY & OPPORTUNITIES (Sat, 11th Mar): This unit includes: How the screen industry works, where the opportunities lie, when you need to travel and how to plan your career including Australian case studies.  This class will be a mixture of industry overview and analysis of the nooks and crannies where you can find opportunities, as well as the direct routes to success. Along the way, Ros will look at some perennial questions such as how to live while you’re learning your craft, managing cashflow, when to set up a business and working in the industry when you have children.

About the tutor: 


ROS WALKER joined FTI with extensive experience as a producer, writer and educator. Her producing and line producing credits include the feature film Peaches, children’s TV comedy series You’re Skitting Me and documentaries Not Quite HollywoodJabbed- LoveFear and Vaccines and Portrait; The making of Portrait of a Lady. Before joining FTI, Ros produced the web series and Youtube hit Sex or Breakfast and an architectural documentary Remain in Light


Ros was Manager of Film Victoria for five years and then established the producing stream for VCA’s School of Film and Television. She was Victoria Chapter Head of the Screen Producers Association for 5 years, on the board for Melbourne Fringe and Women in Film and Television (WIFTI) and was a member of the industry lobby group Victorian Working Party for 10 years. 






When: Sat Feb 4th- March 11th

Where: 48 Lake St. Northbridge

Time: 2-5pm

Price: Full course: $120 (FTI Members) |  $180 (General public) | Per Unit: $20 (FTI Members) |  $30 (General public) 

FTI's courses are suitable for age 16 and older

Event date: 
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 14:00 to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 17:00

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