StarNow members outstanding at the 14th Sydney Film School Film Festival
19 Jul 2011
Twice yearly at the end of each semester and its production period, Sydney Film School organises the popular SFS Film Festival to celebrate the completion of the semester’s productions and the graduation of the 1-year Diploma students. The two days of student film screenings are a great opportunity for current and future filmmakers to come together. This July in its 14th edition, the SFS Film Festival took place on Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th at the Factory Theatre in Sydney’s suburb of Marrickville. The festival presented 51 short dramas and documentaries produced last semester by SFS students.
At the awards night on the 14th we were very proud to announce the winners of the Outstanding Performance Award to two StarNow members, Quentin Yung and Jonny Hawkins for their performances in "The Trip", which was directed by Angelo Lara. Another StarNow member Madeleine Levins, also won on the night, receiving highly commended for her involvement in 3 films that were all screened at the festival. A massive achievement by her.
StarNow to sponsor Miss Lingerie Model 2011
12 Jul 2011
StarNow is proud to announce their sponsorship with Miss Lingerie Model 2011.
Miss Lingerie Model is a nation-wide search for New Zealand’s runway goddess. The stunning finalists, who are selected from hundreds of applications, join one another on a journey, which culminates in a magical runway production. Miss Lingerie Model is a personal development opportunity for New Zealand women between 18 and 28 years of age. The competition allows these young women the chance to gain confidence and poise, whilst advancing personal skills and goals.
As well as this, Miss Lingerie Model has become a launch pad for upcoming New Zealand designers to showcase their creations to a broad audience around the country.
Click here to enter this fantastic competition
Can you make a film in 32 hours?
30 Jun 2011
StarNow sponsors Kino Kabaret 2011 - The Carnival
Awesome opportunity for all writers, actors and crew coming your way!
Kino want to help you find a team of like minded creative individuals, give you access to cameras, lighting equipment and lush editing facilities, and see what you can do!
All you have to do is register yourself, lay down the $30 participation fee and you will have secured your spot in the 2011 Festival.
You don't need a team, or any prior film experience or even an idea, just rock up and see what happens......
click here for more details
New Australian variety show needs your support
7 Jun 2011
New comical variety show ‘Planet 31’ dedicated to un-earthing Australian talent aims high towards SBS.
Planet 31 is an interactive, community-focused ‘Variety Show’ that showcases local non commercialised talent from industries of Film, Music, the Arts, Comedy and Food.
The show offers participants an opportunity to promote themselves and share industry related stories and advice to the viewership, potentially expanding their audience base.
With support from our sponsor StarNow we would like to extend an invitation to YOU our talent base dedicated to your dreams and aspirations. The team behind Planet 31 want to help promote, encourage and empower you to aim high and achieve your dreams by un-earthing your talent on our show.
At this stage we need your support: Visit www.facebook.com.au/Planet31 and show your support by liking our page. Additionally, for every like we get from now until the 25th of June we will donate $1 per like to the leukemia foundation to give young kids the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
Our first show being filmed on the 25th of June, 2011 in Melbourne which will include interviews with Mike Goldman (Big Brother Up-late) and Australian actor Harry Cook alongwith music reviews by local band July Days which is all presented by a great dynamic team of professional TV presenters along with our extra terrestrial host Sean Pary and our house DJ RobZile.
Interview with dance star Kate Wormald
1 Jun 2011
Kate Wormald is one of Australia’s favourite female dancers, making it to the top 3 and being the final girl standing in the premiere series of So You Think You Can Dance. Kate has been dancing professionally for over 15 years and is one of the most experienced, versatile and respected dancers in the country.
StarNow: Can you tell us about yourself Kate? How did you get your start in the industry?
Kate: I trained on the Gold Coast at Robert Sturrocks and have been dancing professionally since I was 15yrs old. I loved doing theatre cabarets, corporates and other variety shows with Robert and I really think it was great training for being versatile in the years to come.
StarNow: What inspired you to become a dancer?
Kate: I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I honestly think I was born to dance as I have always wanted to do it and had a burning desire and passion to do it since my first class. I have never wanted to do anything else and get an incredible rush from dancing.
StarNow: What are some of your career highlights so far?
Kate: I think my first career highlight would be working with Kelley Abbey and David Atkins on FAME the musical 12 yrs ago. It was my first big show and I was in awe of them both and the show. I also had to pinch myself assisting and dancing for Wade Robson on the opening piece of Happy Feet 2. He was a true joy and inspiration to work with. Working in London I also had a wonderful time performing for the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and dancing for Jamelia, Leona Lewis, Ke$ha, Gabriella Cilmi and Charlotte Church to name a few. I also loved my experience on So You Think You Can Dance series 1. It was amazing to be a part of such a large dance project in Australia and it gave me a great opportunity to work with some incredible choreographers from other genres that I may not have crossed paths with if I hadn’t gone in it (Jason Gilkison, Debbie Ellis, etc).
StarNow: I understand that you are doing motion capture for Happy Feet 2, how did you get involved with a project like this?
Kate: I was lucky enough to be one of the lead motion capture performers on Happy Feet (2006), which was a fabulous 2.5 year project under choreographer Kelley Abbey and director George Miller. When Happy Feet 2 came up, I have been lucky enough to be asked to be a lead motion capture performer again as well as the dance coordinator and choreograph a section of Adelie Land in the film. It has been an incredible ride for me over the past 2 years and I can’t wait for people to see it in November.
StarNow: How does a project like Happy Feet differentiate from being on stage and performing in front of people?
Kate: Doing motion capture is a very different process to anything I have ever done. Our process is very technical and there is always a lot going on in your head whilst we shoot a scene. We suit up, learn the cut dialogue, mark out the scene on the floor, getting eye lines etc and then shoot. It’s an amazing thing to watch yourself as a penguin on screen as you are performing but there is no audience, costumes, lighting or sets so it’s very different.
StarNow: What projects do you have coming up next?
Kate: I am full steam ahead on Happy Feet 2 until the release date and then I have the biggest project of all coming my way as I am expecting my first child in November.
StarNow: Do you have any advice for young dancers trying to break into the industry?
Kate: For up and coming dancers I would say work hard and always go to as many different classes as possible. A busy working dancer is always a versatile one.
StarNow: What personality traits do you think you need to become a successful dancer?
Kate: I definitely think drive, passion and a will to succeed are all great traits to have in this industry as we all know there are more dancers than work so you need to want to work really hard and be the best you can be.
Also, being nice to everyone.
StarNow: How do you think a site like StarNow is useful for dancers? Would you recommend to dancers that they use StarNow?
Kate: I think StarNow is a great site for dancers. I highly recommend it as it is always beneficial to be seen by as many people/clients as possible online. It is also great to see what jobs are going and auditions are out there.