The Business of Directing - Melbourne

Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:00AM AEST

Sunday, 17 June, 2018 4:30PM AEST



A two-day workshop for emerging directors, professional directors and those that wants to know the nuts and bolts of The Business of Directing. 

The workshop will cover contracts, director’s royalties, casting, superannuation, legal issues, insurance, camera technology, international directing and moral rights.
Industry professionals will lead the workshop from each of these areas include directors with international credits, lawyers, funding bodies (Film Victoria and Screen Australia), agents, editors, casting agents and many more.



Date & Time:

16 & 17 June 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

10.30am - 4.30pm



The Cube

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia

For any information about parking, public and transport and how to get to the venue, please click here. 



Workshop Program:


DAY 1 - Saturday, 16 June


Session 1: Director’s Rights & Remuneration – An Introduction

This session will look at Directors Rights such as final cut, moral rights, royalties, type of employment (PAYG or Contractor), obligations as a director, liability, financial responsibility for the production and many more.

Panellists: Kingston Anderson (CEO of ADG and ASDACS), Mark Poole (ADG VIC Chapter Head) & Gerard Butler (Employment Consultant)


Session 2: Do I need an Agent?

Do you need an agent? What does an agent do? How do I approach an agent? This session will examine all these questions with one of Australia’s leading director’s agents.

Panellists: To be announced soon! 


Session 3: All Things Financial: Insurance, Rates and Superannuation

Am I PAYG or Contractor? Are there employment laws that cover a director? Do I need a contract? Do I need a lawyer? What insurances do I need as a director? Who pays my superannuation? Will my agent do the job for me?

Panellists: Gerard Butler (Employment Consultant), Colleen Sells (Media Super)


Session 4: Professional Development

How do I advance my career and get support for attachments? Can I apply for funds without a producer? Do I need a producer? What overseas opportunities are available for directors? This session will explore ways to advance your career with support from funding agencies.

Panellists: Jana Blair (Manager - Industry Skills and Inclusion, Film Victoria) and Andrew Arbuthnot (Investment and Development Manager, Screen Australia)


DAY 2 - Sunday, 17 June


Session 5: Contracts – Legal and other issues

I can’t afford a lawyer but I can’t afford not to have one. What do I do? Dealing with contracts and all things legal as a director.

Panellists: Clement Dunn (Lawyer, Marshalls+Dent+Wilmoth Lawyers)


Session 6: Directing International

This session is looking at various avenues to direct projects across television, feature, commercial content - both in Australia and Internationally. 

Panellist: Fiona Banks, Peter Carstairs and Simon Wincer


Session 7: Directing Relationships on Set

Join key department heads that will talk about their relationship with directors and answer questions on the way they work and how various sets are run. 

Panellists: Andrew Campbell (1st Assistant Director), Ellery Ryan (Cinematographer), Robbie Perkins and Jo Briscoe (Production Designers)


Session 8: Working with Editors

One of the key relationships for a director is in post with an editor. This session will look at the various ways editors work with directors from dealing with rushes to final cuts. It will look at the difference between television drama, documentary and feature film.

Panellists: Ashlee Lukas, Ken Sallows and Patrick McCabe


Session 9: Working with Casting Directors & Agents

How do you prepare a brief for a casting director? How do you manage the relationship between casting director, producer and director? What is the casting director after from a director? Why are they called ‘directors’ anyway? How can I get a Hollywood A-list actor for my next project? 

Panellist: To be announced soon! 




Price List:

ADG Members $150

Other Guilds / full time students $200

General public $250

Price to include lunch and afternoon tea / refreshments



Terms and Conditions:

  • All sessions / speakers are subject to change. Please ensure to check the ADG website regularly for any updates. ADG Team will endevour their best to communicate any changes that occur on the workshop.
  • The price includes all sessions on both days. No discount will be given for attending partial of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy: 

  • You may nominate a replacement delegate to attend in your stead at any time. The details of the replacement delegate must be submitted to ADG Team in writing at least 24 hours prior to the event.
  • If you notify us in writing more than seven (7) working days prior to the event you may obtain a full refund. If you notify us in writing between seven (7) working days to three (3) days prior to the event, you will be charged an administration fee of $20 for ADG members / $25 for other guilds and students / $30 for general public. 
  • Any cancellations within 48 hours of the workshop will be charged the full payment and no refund will be issued.