COVID-19 UPDATE – Outdoor photography now permitted in metro areas

The Victorian Government has announced that as of 11.59pm Sunday 18 October, outdoor photography for commercial photographers undertaking paid services is now permitted. Services must operate solely outdoors with up to five people where physical distancing can be maintained at all times, for businesses with an ABN.

Film Victoria’s Emily Dutton has confirmed that this is for metro industries. For any regionall-based Victorian activity, you are required to follow the Regional roadmap, which you can view a summary of here.

Screen NSW update: Xmas, NY & Aus Day restrictions

This update has was sent by Mechelle Axford, Production Attraction Lead at Screen NSW on Friday 16 October.

I recently connected with Manager Road Network Access Riham Gergis at Transport Management Centre (TMC) .You may have already been notified as an OPLINC user, or in your own contact with TMC –  however please find below for your information “ FW: Christmas/New Year and Australia Day restrictions “

This document also includes the details of when the TMC’s Road Occupancy Unit will be closed from and inclusive.

As always, if you have any  questions you can reach out direct to Theagaraja Prabahar and the TMC Team via TMC_Filming@rta.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8396 1245

Podcast: State of Play with Airbag’s Martin Box

The Production Brief podcast’s Mark Welker and Brendan Lee speak with Martin Box, Head of Production at Airbag, one of the CPC’s long-standing members, about the challenges and opportunities of the last six months and well as his outlook for the remainder of the year and into 2021.

Listen to the podcast here.

CPC requests reinstatement of commercial tv production in Victorian government’s definition

UPDATE: With the swearing in of Danny Pearson as the new Victorian Minister for Creative Industries on 29 September, the CPC has recently redirected its formal request to Pearson’s ministerial office. A response is pending.

When the Victorian Government’s Stage 4 Restrictions were announced for our sector on 3 August, commercial television production was inexplicably excluded from its broader definition of screen production (which included long-form/feature filming and television productions).

At the time Film Victoria was unable to provide a rationale as to why commercial tv production had been singled out. The decision was a baffling one and the exclusion also seems at odds with the way in which our business operates, given that freelancers dominate our sector’s crews and work across commercial production and film as well as television production.

As a consequence, the CPC has recently written to the MInister for Creative Industries, the Hon. Martin Foley, MP, to query the government’s decision to single out commercial television production and to formallly request its reinstatement so that when restrictions are relaxed for our sector, commercial television production can recommence in alignment with film and television production.

The letter also sought clarification regarding critical and essential services, exemption processes, and special conditions that might apply for stills photography shoots and post-production services. A response from the DHHS is pending.

Raven Collective joins CPC

Raven Collective is the CPC’s newest member, joining ARC Edit, Brightworks, Clockwork Films, Division, Eight, Filmgraphics, Friske, Happy Films, Sedona and Spinnaker Films as new members since January 2020. The CPC looks forward to welcoming Michelle Parker to our next committee meeting on Tuesday 1 December.

Update: Stage 4 filming restrictions in Victoria

LATEST UPDATE: SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS.vic) Victoria has updated its permitted work premises for the Information Media and Telecommunications Sector. Effective 11.59pm Sunday 11 October 2020, it has extended its permissions to incorporate the following:

“Pre-production of Film Victoria funded screen projects and closed set feature film, television and documentaries that are filmed in Government owned facilities.”

All other Stage 4 restrictions for our sector remain in place until further notice.

CPC welcomes DIVISION as new member

The CPC is delighted to welcome DIVISION as its newest member.

Australian Managing Director and Executive Producer, Geneviève Triquet, had represented her former company as a CPC member, valuable committee member and passionate advocate for the industry up until last year, so it is great to see her return to the Council.

The CPC greatly looks forward to working with Geneviève and her team.