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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 01 July 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017 5 NEWS Gods, myths and mayhem Celebrate the final weeks of the Ithacan community exhibition Our Odyssey and explore Greek mythology these school holidays. Hear stories of heroic gods, legendary creatures and mythical monsters; try traditional Greek dancing; and create crafts inspired by ancient Greek beasts. Each 90-minute session inKosta Nikas creates first networking app for filmmakers The award-winning Greek Australian filmmaker’s app The Green Room has just made its debut and already has members in 50 countries around the world ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS These days there's an app for just about everything, and that now includes the international filmmaking industry. With the help of app creator Peter Lord, award-winning filmmaker Kosta Nikas has created The Green Room; a smartphone networking app which is expected to be a game changer in the filmmaking and creative space and for those involved in the production of audiovisual content across all industries. "I've been in filmmaking for the last 10 years and I've done a feature film (his debut feature film Sacred Heart premiered at the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival) and several shorts, the odd festival award and whatnot, and the problem is always getting a project off the ground," Nikas told Neos Kosmos. "The first thing is getting someone to look at your script, then once someone picks up your script, or whether you want to produce it yourself, the next challenge is crewing. The only methods of crewing something or networking to find people are social media, word of mouth, and just ringing around - and that's not very efficient." While Facebook can be a help, it doesn't provide the convenience of outlining people's availabilities, which the filmmaker says is the key to success when in pre-production and organising projects. "You don't know people's availability and you don't have a pool of people on a network that can instantly notify or be notified about your projects. So that's always been the challenge," he explains, and that is where The Green Room is fast finding answers. Although still early days - the app was released by Apple a month ago and Google last week - the co-founder is already feeling positive having gained users in 50 countries, including the US. Useful for all involved in the filmmaking process, the app is relevant for actors and writers, producers and film crew, along with all those who ensure everything runs smoothly on-set including theatre professionals, caterers, medical practitioners, and carpenters. Users can create a profile regardless of the type of project, format and genre and its production status, helping creators to search for the right crew matching their criteria. ''So it's basically a creative community. Our mission is to ensure that in this networking space our Greek filmmaking colleagues and cast, crew and creatives in every country are equipped with all the necessary tools that will help them create and crew projects, build their network, find jobs and advance their careers, no matter where they live or travel to," Nikas said. The film industry is already embracing The Green Room, described as a win-win situation for all involved. "It's a great networking tool for our indie filmmakers. The more resources and support we provide them, the more we stimulate growth and employment in our sector,'' said Adam Scott of Spectrum Films Fox Studios Australia. Meanwhile, Nikas revealed that he is also in the process of setting up a filmmaker fund of $100,000 expected to be launched as part of the app in the coming months. "We're talking to media companies that might act as partners in the States, in Australia, in Europe so that we, the Green Room, will be funding projects submitted to us by members. So people that might need a thousand bucks, two thousand, for everything from smaller amounts to bigger," he said. "The fact that the app's been downloaded in 50 countries is indicative that it's fulfilling a need and a gap in the market in terms of more efficient ways of networking with our peers and finding projects to work on." Download The Green Room app free from Google Play and iTunes cludes a dance workshop, storytelling, and craft. Numbers are limited, so bookings are recommended. The workshops are suitable for children aged four and over with parent/carer supervision required. Healthy snacks will be provided, but bring along a picnic lunch. When: Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July. Workshops daily at 10.30 am and 12.30 pm Where: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders St, Melbourne, Cost: children: $5 per child / $4 MV members. Adults: museum entry required - MV members /concession are free. For bookings go to museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmu-seum/whats-on/school-holi-day-activities/gods-myths-and-mayhem//tickets/ Disturbing image of dead kangaroo tied to chair with a bottle of ouzo goes viral Melbourne motorists appalled by animal cruelty act The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released an appalling picture of a slain kangaroo staged in a disturbing position on Plenty Road, Mernda in hope of finding the culprit. The slain animal was found to have three bullet wounds, was tied onto a chair, draped with a leopard shawl, with a bottle of Greek Ouzo 12. "This is appalling and immoral behaviour. The kangaroo had been shot at least three times prior to it being arranged in the chair," said DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns. "It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road. We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road." The penalties for killing wildlife range from $7,500 to $36,500. If you have any information which could lead to the person/s responsible contact 136 186 from anywhere in Australia or go to delwp.vic.gov.au Oakleigh Grammar’s refurbished library opens its doors PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES Oakleigh Grammar officially opened its fully refurbished library earlier this week, with students, staff, parents, and distinguished guests in attendance. Official proceedings took place in the school’s Conference Centre in the presence of His Grace Bishop Iakovos; Angelo Sardellis, president of the school board; Father Geroge Adamakis; Christina Simantiraki, Consul-General of Greece in Melbourne; Ste- ve Dimopoulos, Member for Oakleigh; Mark Robertson, school principal; Kelly O'Dwyer MP; David Davis MP; Sam Vassos, school board member; Nicholas Nicolaou, president of the Parents' Association; and Jodi Wallace. A blessing was performed after a number of student performances and a guided tour for the guests, with the school principal showcasing the state-of-the art additions to the library, which include high quality WiFi systems supporting the schools Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, and automated blinds that can turn the library into a theatre in seconds. Mr Robertson referred to the library as “the heart of the school” and a “safe space for students” to study. Mr Robertson also thanked Kelly O'Dwyer and the federal government for their support and funding of the refurbishment.
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