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Reply scripttools
1:16 AM on June 23, 2011 


The Producers of SEEING THE ELEPHANT invite you to submit your own original songs for this feature - all styles considered: pop, country, jazz, blues, world, hip-hop, vocals and instrumentals. Expressions of interest through the CONTACT tab on Main Page. X

Welcome to Australia! - the place Baz Lurmann's Australia didn't tell us about - the veritable elephant in the room is making noises and what it's saying has nothing to do with cattle drives, blowflies or waltzing matilda.

SEEING THE ELEPHANT is a contemporary comedy of cross-cultural manners (produced by Billy Marshall Stoneking and Amin Palangi) in which a diverse group of characters of Pakistani, Vietnamese, Iranian, Filipino, Spanish, and Punjabi heritage manage to avoid treading in the usual buckets as they confront the pitfalls, prejudices and anxieties of their own culture as well as the one that they've inherited. In their struggle to navigate the cultural and generational conundrums that beset and threaten their families as well as their own well-being, each in their own way comes face-to-face with this most unusual beast of a country - AUSTRALIA - the world's best-kept, secret meeting place replete with characters whose apparent differences betray the deepest and most profound meaning of the word "community".

To "see the elephant" is to see the collective human stories, the dramatic and often comedic initiations into the "hidden" family, the world family of men and women, young and old, of all races, and creeds - the veritable elephant in the room, the workplace, on the buses and the street. Wherever one finds it - whether it be Sydney or Beirut, Tehran or Beijing.

In SEEING THE ELEPHANT, the characters' quest for the all-but-invisible "good life", and the desire to fit in and get along, is complicated by the demands of tradition - usually from parents - and the need to maintain one's cultural identity. The stories of SEEING THE ELEPHANT are enacted at the boundaries of each character's world, where the authority of the ancestors intersects with the "new" world and some times falters and stumbles in the mad rush for freedom, acceptance, and love.

A nation composed of many nations, a tale made up of many tales: a Filipino father that fears his son might be gay, a Vietnamese mother whose daughter's in love with a Middle-eastern boy, an Afghani uni student whose possessive, widowed mother frustrates his every effort to assert his Independence, a Pakistani daughter grieving for a dying father that was never able to return her love.

Whilst the generational tensions that operate within each family group are the life-blood of the film's drama, their deeper message concerns the question of what it means to belong. The adults want their children to succeed, but not at the expense of dishonouring their cultural heritage and identity, whereas their Australian-born, teenage and twenty-something children want only to enjoy the freedoms, flavours and excitement of being Australian.

What emerges at the end is the realisation that the one, large story (the eternal Elephant in the eternal room of human history) cannot be heard or seen until all of the stories that comprise the human family are told completely and in concert with one another, so that what is common to each can seen by all.

Quite simply, all men and women are brothers and sisters in a world well-told; and in a world made small by the Internet and mass communications, it is only the complete story that encourages the vitality and courage that makes "the good life" possible.

Reply scripttools
2:08 AM on March 29, 2011 


International Short Film Competition for aspiring directors

Sydney, Australia – 29 March 2011: Nokia, in partnership with online video sharing site Vimeo®, has kicked off a global competition to find the best short film shot on the Nokia N8.

Up-and-coming filmmakers can submit their idea for a short film at www.vimeo.com/nokia for the chance to win $10,000 USD ($9,755 AUS) and a screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The judging panel, including Oscar winner and CEO of digital advertising agency R/GA Bob Greenberg, film aficionado and director of ‘Rare Exports Inc’ Jalmari Helander, Nokia’s vice president for marketing creation Steven Overman and Vimeo’s creative director Jeremy Boxer, will choose the best eight submissions to go through to the semi-finals.

The semi-finalists will each receive a production budget of $5,000 USD ($4,880 AUS) and two Nokia N8 smartphones to make their master piece.

The winning film, as chosen by the judges, will receive $10,000 USD ($9,755 AUS) and a screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2011.

The Nokia N8 video capabilities

The Nokia N8 lets users shoot HD-quality videos and edit them on-screen. It has an intelligent 3x digital zoom in video mode and an inbuilt stabilising function to help reduce camera shake. The Nokia N8 also has two microphones at the front and rear of the handset which helps capture an increased range of audio subtleties.

Media enquiries:

Fuel Communications Tracy Postill     tel: +61 (02) 9213 2331 Nokia communications   email: nokia@fuelcommunications.com.au

tel: +61 (0) 404 051 900     email: tracy.postill@nokia.com

Susin Thoroughgood, Fuel Communications, 89 – 91 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010,    P: 02 8217 6515,    M: 0414 591 307


Fuel Twitter:@Fuel_Comms

Personal Twitter: @SusinNaomi

My fuel is: The smell of freshly ground coffee, sunshine and music I can dance to

Reply scripttools
7:20 PM on January 6, 2011 




You are not sure if acting is the right thing for you?

You want to find out how we teach at Darlo Drama?

You would like to try it out first before you commit to a 10 week course?


Come and try out acting in our Free Intro Acting Classes, run by one of our expert teachers.

In this class we give you an introduction to Darlo Drama and its acting courses. You will participate in interactive Drama games similar to the ones we use in class.

You will meet other people that might be interested in joining our courses, and you get a good idea what teaching style you can expect.



Monday 17 January 2011 7.00pm - 8.30pm at the Rex Centre (Baroda Room),

58a Macleay St, Kings Cross


Tuesday 01 February 2011

7.00pm - 8.30pm at Darlinghurst Theatre Company,


19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point


Book now: classes@darlinghursttheatre.com or phone 02 9331 3107   or go to http://www.darlodrama.com


Reply Victor Spiegel
7:49 PM on December 8, 2010 

Invitation to Sydneyite improvisers, film/video, actors, extras: we are shooting a satire of a seminar with Jon Williams in character from a TV comedy series we are developing. If you come you will have Big Fun. 18 Dec, Saturday, 1 PM Roxbury Hotel in Glebe. email me if you are interested or want more info: ninecrows@vspiegel.com

Reply scripttools
5:16 PM on October 22, 2010 

Australian filmmakers strongly support New Zealand film and local filmmakers. Keep THE HOBBIT in Middle Earth (NZ).  Join with other supporters of this initiative on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/#!/hobbitnz

Stoneking SeminarsALT


Reply scripttools
6:31 AM on September 28, 2010 



Our eighth annual All Access Screenwriting Competition is now open for entries.


You can choose to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity for talented screenwriters to open the door to Hollywood and its deal-makers and have your work submitted to participating companies that have already requested our top three Winners.

When we asked writers what they really wanted from a screenwriting competition the response was overwhelming, ACCESS TO HOLLYWOOD.

We've taken this a step further to give THREE WINNERS unprecedented levels of industry exposure and access, plus some cool prizes and cash on top.

There are also plenty of other opportunities and prizes to go around, with five finalist prize packages and random entry prizes. There's a lot of stuff just waiting to be won.

Enter by November 1st and qualify for lower entry fees. Moviebytes users receive a 10% discount!

Check it out at http://www.SellAScript.com

Reply scripttools
3:03 AM on September 26, 2010 



I'm enlisting your help to get word out about a fundraising event for my documentary film Remember Me. The fundraiser will be held at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation on Tuesday 12th October, 5.45-8pm. If you know of people who may be interested in supporting the film, please pass the information on.

If you can think of anyone who might want this story told, I'd really appreciate you spreading the word.


Reply scripttools
3:58 AM on September 22, 2010 

The TropWest scholarship is now available

For emerging and developing filmmakers living in Western Sydney to help make your film for entry into Movie Extra Tropfest 2011.

The Scholarship will be awarded to one person or film group and is valued at $5,000. It will include access to film-making and production facilities using ICE’s Switch Digital Art Centre, a production budget, and an experienced filmmaker to mentor you through the process and help realise your dream film.

The TropWest Scholarship recipient will be selected via a panel made up of representatives from Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Screen NSW, Parramatta City Council and a local filmmaker/producer. The Scholarship award will be officially announced at the TROPWEST forum at 6pm on Wednesday 10th November, 2010.

For more information please go to http://www.ice.org.au/projects/tropwest/

or DOWNLOAD the ENTRY FORM now online at



Reply Winter Palace Films
4:48 PM on September 21, 2010 

Call for Entries...  Winter Palace Films Presents "The Great Screenplay Contest!"

Check it out and enter!


Reply scripttools
4:10 PM on September 21, 2010 

Hiya dude and dudettes,

It’s just Gigi, hope that you are all well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just letting you all know that I have a little part –time job. DO NOT FEAR!!!!!!!!!!! I am a costume designer first and foremorst, but this job allows me to be very flexible, so I can still do my costume designingJ

The company is called (many of you would have known it as Young Australia Productions) It’s now called Mad Australia Productions, it seems they’ve swapped their youth for insanity. Heheheehe, it’s a lot of fun being surrounded by folk who are decidedly off centre.

We have an in-house data base for both actors and crew (we're happy to work with agents etc); we also do corporate videos and commercials.

We’ve also started something new, we created eME’s.


eMes are a digital document that are 30 seconds long, you can email it to a database or to a potential employer. It’s perfect for jobs (rather than send a cover letter, you can send an eME) Plus you could use it as an invite to a wedding, engagement etc. It’s also great for actors or even crew. Rather than send your head-shot in, you could send an eME. Or both!!!! To your agent or the casting director, producer/director. You can also have a show reel running in the background) You’ll stand out from the crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's also great for business especially if you want to branch out we have bizeME's as well. The BizeME's can offer so much more for your business, all you need to do is come in to the office or speak to me on the phone or via email, whichever is easier for you. PLUS you can claim it on your taxes!!!!

It’s a great marketing tool.

It’s all done in house, you get a professional scriptwriter, it’s shot in our studio environment with our mad, mad crew ( I’m not one for the camera, I can’t talk to camera, but have a look at my Eme!!!!! J) and it’s edited for you as well~ so you’ll be getting the finished products.

I’ve done one, take a look and let me know what you think. If you’d like one done too- just hit me with an email or call me.

Sending you a big hug!!!! And hope to hear from you soon.

On set, on location, on stage, backstage or out for a coffee!!!

Gigi    theggirl@hotmail.com