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Cambodia

 

  

photo by Sean Cousins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Happening! 

And this time, bigger and better than before.


The 2015 trip was an absolute beauty. 

 

The 2016 Cambodia "make a film, make a difference" Trip

will run 7th -17th September 2016.

 

Why better than before?

Well, it's two days longer than last year's trip and...

we are offering more options:


Make an observational documentary - experience what it's like to work in the television industry

Make a travel documentary - an entree into the world of online travel filmmaking

Make a poetic documentary - perfect 'calling card' for aspiring cinematographers

Improve your photographic skills with a professional photographer as your mentor

in one of the best places on Earth to take photographs

 

We love Cambodia!  This wonderful country, with a troubled and complicated history, is the perfect location for making your documentary film.  As ever, we have researched a long list of stories to choose from.  Steve is about to set off on this year's 'recce' and should turn up lots of great new stories. He'll be on the look out for stories with the potential to make a brilliant short doco. Just the thing for a short film festival, or perhaps as a 'calling card' to the elite film school you are hoping to get in to. 

Our base for the 11 day experience is Siem Reap, the city closest to stunning Angkor Wat.

Each filmmaking team gets their own fixer/translator and vehicle to get them around and assist with logistics.  

There are two mentors on the trip; Sean Cousins (company founder) and Steve Warne (ex-Film Victoria). Collectively they have almost 50 years filmmaking experience.  Sean and Steve both teach documentary in film schools, in addition to working as filmmakers. They share a passion for story craft and teaching and bring a diverse range of production experiences to share with the participants. 

This year we will also have photographer and photography educator Clive Hutchison on the trip to mentor photography students/enthusiasts.

'Two-person teams' and 'filmmaking couples', are a great tradition in documentary filmmaking; Dardennes bros, Maysles bros, Connelly & Anderson etc.  We strongly encourage couples or teams to apply.  A reduced rate is offered to those who wish to work in two-person teams with a single camera.

PRICE for 2016. in Australian Dollars

AUD$1850 ex-GST SINGLE

AUD$$3200 ex-GST COUPLE

Payment by Invoice.

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The cost includes, as well as mentorship and your own fully researched story, accomodation, transfers, transport, your own 'fixer' and many meals.

An additional fee is charged for the use of a professional video camera, sound equipment, and all associated insurances.

There is a single supplement fee for those requiring their own room.

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Nagaland

TRIP FOR MAXIMUM EIGHT (8) PEOPLE TO BE RUN IN LATE NOVEMBER 2018.

DETAILS AND BOOKINGS AVAILABLE NOW.  info@filmmakerabroad.com

TRAVEL THROUGH THE REMOTEST CORNER OF NAGALAND. EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST TRIBAL GATHERINGS, THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL.  OPTION TO EXTEND FOR A 'BEHIND THE SCENES' EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD RENOWNED KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY or FILMMAKING, VISITING REMOTE LOCATIONS, ENJOY ENGAGING WITH DIFFERENT CULTURES, AND FINDING YOURSELF IN PLACES WELL BEYOND THE BEATEN TRACK, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU.

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Borneo; make a film, make a difference.

Use quality equipment for a hands-on in-the-field filmmaking adventure. It includes after-hours tuition in story craft and reviewing of ‘rushes’, privileged access to rarely visited locations where Orangutan research and care takes place, extensive wildlife and local scenic viewing, visits to indigenous Dayak villages living traditional lifestyles, unique insights into the devastation caused by the palm oil industry. Accomodation in quality local hotels as well as camping in the forest. The trip involves some intrepid experiences, like sleeping on a riverboat. In every way we try to make the experience just like being in a real film crew!

You will also be supporting The Orangutan Project (TOP) in their work protecting Orangutans - as an endangered species - and their rainforest habitat in Indonesia. Your film will assist, by drawing attention to their important work, and your donation (included in the fee) helps cashflow the project.

 


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Far North Queensland

OPERATES FROM APRIL TO DECEMBER

Description.

Filmmaker Abroad offers the unique and highly rewarding experience of making your own documentary film in an exotic destination with in-the-field mentorship from highly experienced award-winning filmmakers.  We also cater for those interested in documentary photography.  We encourage couples to attend. You can work as a filmmaking team — for example, one filming, the other directing and interviewing. It’s a great experience to collaborate on the creation of your own film.  But if you would like to attend as the partner of a solo filmmaker/photographer, and don’t wish to participate in the creative aspects, we can happily entertain you too.

The concept is to create an experience as close as possible to that of a professional filmmaker/film-crew. 

This means: 

Included in the cost is the use of a broadcast quality camera and sound recording equipment.

After your holiday is over we take your footage and edit it to a broadcast standard.

You can be involved in this process if you wish.  Contact us for more details about how this works.

In the field you can choose your story and characters, according to your own interests and preferences, from a fully research list of options.

You receive comprehensive briefing notes to assist you in your storytelling.

In the evening we’ll review ‘rushes’ and discuss the events of the day, just like a real film crew.

You will have a much more rewarding experience than a ‘normal’ tourist, because you’ll engage with people and place in a much more immersive way.  Beware, the experience may change you and you may never want an ordinary holiday again.

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Spain - Get Festive!

 

THE TRIP IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH FOUR FESTIVALS IN 14 DAYS.


DATES JUNE 2015  ex-Barcelona


Spend two weeks travelling from festival to festival in beautiful, under-appreciated Northern Spain, where you will be much more than an observer, you'll be a participant. Starting with La Patum a surreal multi-day celebration with it's roots in the Middle Ages (declared a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO) involving giants, dragons and, of course, fireworks. Meet El Colacho in Castrillo de Murcia, a village with an ancient soul-cleansing tradition that involves a devil leaping new born babies.  Next it's time to witness one of the most extreme festivals in Spain, no small claim, in which the villagers of San Pedro Manrique walk across hot coals - sometimes carrying family members on their backs - as a pledge of devotion. This incredible adventure in filmmaking and culture culminates with the bacchanalian Batalla del Vino in the village of Haro. The mission here is to squirt each other with red wine supplied by the local vineyards; a kind of alcohol fuelled Holi. All of this combined with stunning accommodation and the best gastronomy this famous food and wine region has to offer. Co-host on this odyssey is reknowned Lonely Planet TV presenter and photo-journalist Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli.  Dominic is a fluent Spanish speaker and can also assist those wishing to get the best out of their photography, as well as filmmaking.

Numbers are strictly limited.

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Colombia (Barranquilla - 2nd biggest Mardi Gras on Earth)

NOTE: PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR THE 2015 MARDI GRAS (FEBRUARY)

But don’t wait too long to book. Places will fill quickly for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

The second biggest Carnavale in the world (after Rio) is held in the industrial port town of Barranquilla. Every February, the place erupts for a five-day non-stop party - a quirky celebration of Spanish, African and indigenous cultures – even more eclectic than Rio’s.  But long-term planning and local knowledge is essential as accommodation is hard to come by and of course it’s more fun to participate than observe. We think to truly experience Carnavale you need to be taken “inside” the celebration. So book early to have the party of a lifetime and make a film that you’ll be justly proud of.


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ITALY (ABRUZZO, MARCHE and ROMA)

THIS IS A FIXED DEPARTURE EXPERIENCE.

THIS SURPRISE-PACKED 9 DAY ITINERARY IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH LA QUINTANA IN ASCOLI PISCENO.


DATES: JULY 2015


NOTE: THERE IS ALSO A SENSATIONAL THREE-DAY EXTENSION AVAILABLE.

"LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" EXTENSION IS A CHANCE TO EXPLORE ROME IN A MANNER FEW PEOPLE EVER DO.

DETAILS AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THE ITALY ITINERARY PAGE.


ALSO EXTENSION AVAILABLE


 

Here’s an experience like nothing else being offered in Italy today.  

Over nine days you'll find unique opportunities to access hidden and forgotten aspects of Italian culture while enjoying stunning accommodation and brilliant food in wonderful locations. The journey begins in the pristine hilltop village of S. Stefano di Sessanio (voted one of the prettiest in Italy) and concludes with a three day party - the oldest Paleo in Italy - in the Medieval masterpiece Ascoli Piceno.

In between you'll get the chance to track wolves in a national park (with experts who can share stories about the folkloric significance of this noble creature) and even enter the 'red zone' - normally off-limits - to tell the story of a city foresaken after much of her ancient heart was destroyed by an earthquake (meet people who have lived through it and who are now rebuilding their lives and homes).

All this is possible because of the privileged access afforded by the camera. Come and immerse yourself in Italian culture like you never imagined possible.

NUMBERS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED FOR BOTH THE ABRUZZO, MARCHE EXPERIENCE AND THE ROME EXTENSION.

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Alaska (adventure filmmaking Mecca)

This trip is available anytime but is best suited to the Northern Summer Months.  

Whether it’s the old frontier gold and copper towns, Kodiak bears or the “last wild frontier” of Nome, with the vast tundra on it’s doorstep, Alaska is a place filled with stories.  Come film your own version of Ice Road Truckers or Deadliest Catch with the support of the research crew who put these shows together. Alaska is unlike any other place in America – and that’s the way they like it.  Come and enjoy the almost 24 hours of daylight and make your own documentary in one of the greatest wildernesses on Earth.


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Uganda (the lost pearl of Africa)

photo by Sean Cousins

 

 

The “lost” pearl of Africa. Western Uganda is one of the most fascinating and ecologically diverse places in all Africa. Less well known than Tanzania and Kenya as a travel destination for Westerners – but all the better for it.  Film your own observational documentary in and around the Queen Elizabeth National Park without crowds of tourists cluttering your lens. Choose from a list of fully researched stories or find your own on arrival. But hurry!

 

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Papua New Guinea (privileged access to untold stories)

Travel with experienced Australian filmmakers with strong local connections to the historically important and stunning Kokoda Valley - the end of the Kokoda Trail.  Our experienced team will help make introductions and clarifying your purpose throughout the filming process.  Option of homestay (make your film about your host family?) or private accommodation. There are also small-scale engineering projects going on while we are there – perfect material for a short doco.

Of course the Kokoda Track is also the location of one of the most famous battles in Australian military history – second only to Gallipoli in terms of its cultural significance.  So many wonderful stories to choose from – such a wonderful way to get to know the community in more depth than you ever could as a tourist.  

The itinerary is completely flexible. You can spend some time in home stays, you can walk the Kokoda Track (with our partner No Roads Expeditions) or you can even join a medical expedition (No Roads To Health) and make a film about the work being done by volunteer doctors and nurses to provide health care and education to the health workers in the villages of the Owen Stanley Ranges.  We'll work out a price for you based on your wants and needs.  You can fly into Kokoda, or you can fly to Popendetta and travel by road to Kokoda.  It's your adventure - let's work out together what you want to do.

Like all Filmmaker Abroad trips you can have a passive or active experience. You can be the filmmaker, and learn from an experienced mentor how to make a documentary film. Or you can engage an experienced filmmaker to tell your story. You can be the subject of the film or you can be a host. Filmmaker Abroad can give you tuition in the art of hosting as you make your own film. If you just want us to film your adventure and make a film for you to share with family and friends, that's cool too.  Infinite possibilities, endless fun!

"PNG is without question one of my favourite places in the world, and a brilliant destination for filmmaking adventure"

- Sean Cousins (Filmmaker Abroad Founder)


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Cuba (cars, guitars and cigars)

Make your own documentary in beautiful complicated tantalising Cuba.  With the support of experienced local fixers you will be able to drill down into Cuban culture to tell the story you want - whether you are interested in rolling cigars, American cars or playing guitars.  Cuba is a perfect setting for a foray into documentary making. 

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Solomon Islands (Morovo Lagoon = paradise)

The vast magnificent Morovo Lagoon is one of the natural wonders of the world. Come and stay in homes and eco lodges and live like a local as you spend two weeks telling the stories of the people of the lagoon and their incredible lifestyle.  Huge pods of dolphin, manta rays and tropical fish are at your doorstep.  So are stories of the devestation caused by logging and the struggles of local children to get to school each day in open canoes.


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Madagascar (like nowhere else on Earth)

One of the most stunning and unique places on Earth.  Base yourself in the less visited south and get to know the country by telling your own story – whether it’s a micro-natural history doco or a story about a Famadihana (ritual digging up ancestors bones from a stone crypt. Or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at Zebu wrestling, a rite of passage for young men in the southern highlands. Madagascar has some of the most exotic creatures on earth – but the people and their hybrid cultural practises are just as fascinating.  With the support of highly experienced local fixers we can help you tell the story you want to tell.

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FLORES (Visit the Hidden Villages of Flores)

Wae Rebo

Explore the Hidden Villages of Flores.

One of the most beautiful and exotic islands of Indonesia, Flores is a hidden gem.

Best known as the gateway to the Komodo National Park, the island retains several traditional villages and maintains ways of life little changed since Europeans first arrived in this part of the world.

Some of the best places to visit are not easily accessible for most tourists (access requires a ten km walk and an overnight stay).  

In return for your efforts you'll have a chance to witness traditional lifestyles and get to know the people who live there.


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Ghana (it's got rhythm!)

The slave coast. Incredible drumming and dancing.  A country with a rich culture of kings and queens and battles royal. A sport loving nation.  Ghana is a country bursting with stories, historical and contemporary, cultural and emotional.  Let us take care of the logistics and make the contacts for you with our local expertise.  Ghana is a friendly, proud and fascinating country, rich with stories waiting to be told. 


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Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL (the greatest city on Earth?)

I think Rio is the most exciting city on Earth. But now is the time to go. With the World Cup and the Olympics coming to town, Rio is going to be changed forever. There are so many stories to tell in this wonderful city – from the changing culture in the favelas, to the emerging fashion industry, to the stories of third generation beach attendants, or learn how to make feijoada from an expert.  We have timed our visit to coincide with the Folklore Day festival which celebrates aspects of life in Rio through story.  Let us help you find the story you want to tell - and see Rio before it’s too late.


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Fes, Morocco (step back in time)

The real Morocco is found in Fes.  You can hear the real cultural and religious heart of the country beating loudly here. Perhaps because it’s not drowned out by cars (banned in the old city) – proudly the largest living Medieval city in the Islamic world. Instead of internal combustion engines you can hear the hooves of donkeys and mules and the rhythmic beating of hammer of copper pot.  The smells are different too.  Die pits and tanneries that appear unchanged since medieval times.  But to know the city takes time.  With the privileged access of a camera you can begin to lift the veil on this magical city and leave with a lifetime of memories in the form of your own film. What could be better?

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