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#1 Fabio Possanzini

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:31 AM

hi, I've recently graduated in Italy and decided to go for a foreign experience in Australia after some minor jobs as a lighting technician and/or digital camera assistant (and a few more videoclips and shorts as dop for free).

I was trained mainly with S16 and low budget digital cameras and got a refresher for 35mm and RED.

Landed in Melbourne, now I'm looking for a place to start from...so, what would you do? :huh:
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:15 AM

Hi Fabio,

welcome to Melbourne, hope you enjoy your time here.

Like most places the local film industry is pretty small and hard to break into. It's been even smaller lately because of our high dollar which has scared off the foreign productions.

But you could try dropping in to the main rental houses (Panavision, Cameraquip, Lemac) to see if there's any internships or positions available - that's probably the best way to make contacts in the industry.

It's getting a bit late in the year, but there's also the various film schools (VCA, Swinburne, Griffith) where you could offer to help out on student shoots in order to meet people and get more experience (and maybe score a free lunch B) ).
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#3 Mark Dunn

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 11:52 AM

I believe the Australians are fierce about visas so I'd check that first.
As you've probably gathered they're not in the EU. #
You probably need one of these
http://www.immi.gov....ng-holiday/417/
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#4 Fabio Possanzini

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 07:36 PM

thank you for the fast replies and hints ^.^

By the way I'm currently on a working holiday visa, opened bank account and waiting for tax file number, so paperwork should be ok ;)
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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:27 AM

Ah, the joys of concurrently fitting the guidelines of two countries interpretation of being a 'tax resident' ...

Ringing up the assorted helplines and being put on hold for 20mins while they decide that indeed, it's really what I 'feel'

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You'll love Melbourne, summer is on the way - get yourself a $70 a week mango habit like I did

(Heading back in November)
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#6 Paul J P Culpepper

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:55 PM

I'd very much like to repatriate to Melbourne from the USA, would like to hear more about your experiences and from others also. I haven't had an opportunity to travel overseas, seeking partners/mentors who could aide facilitating changes.
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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 07:07 PM

You can't.

Australia has seriously restrictive immigration policies - after all, the country is so overcrowded!
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