School & Community Workshops

School & Community Workshops


townofcambridgelogosquare Filmbites are proud to have been selected as the Town of Cambridge’s “Artist-in-Residence” for 2016-2018


Why Filmbites?

Filmbites has been training young people in screen skills since 2003 and make approx. 70 short films a year with our students!

We can come to your school or community centre or you can visit our training rooms and green screen studio in Malaga (no extra cost).

All our talented and professional instructors have a Working with Children Check.

Workshops are adapted to suit student’s age, experience and interests.

Filmbites won the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award Best Primary Production in 2014, Audience Choice Best Primary Animation in 2015 and were nominees in numerous categories in 2014, 2015 & 2016.

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NEW! Elements of Drama

In line with the new WA Curriculum, Filmbites has developed 55 minute workshops covering Voice, Movement, Role, Situation and Space for years PP to 6.

These can be offered separately or as part of a themed program based on the idea of “Journeys”.  We are currently rolling out this program at Kapinara PS and City Beach PS and getting fantastic feedback! 

 Suitable for: Years PP – 6.   Min. time required: 50 mins.  

Makeup SFX

(Design & Technologies / Drama / Visual Arts / Science)

WestLeedGirlsand-StephAn exciting fusion of art and science! Our professional movie Make-up Artist can demonstrate and guide students on the practical and safe application of various materials to create all sorts of effects, as seen in the movies! Choose from Burns and Bruises, Monster Fingers, Forensic SFX & Latex Mask-Making.

School production coming up? Book a session to teach your students how to apply stage make-up plus any assorted effects you may need.

Suitable for: Years 3 – 12.   Min. time required: 50 mins.  

Our experience with Stephanie teaching skills in special FX makeup and latex masks was fantastic.  Everything was well organised and the students were engaged and excited about each lesson. It was a terrific opportunity for our students and one that I would recommend.   It really was fantastic. Thank you for all the organisation. West Leederville Primary School

Screen Acting

(Drama / Media Arts)

Chad Smith Aisling Crake by Peta Kalaitzis

At Filmbites we teach more than ‘drama’.  Students participate in our many tried and tested exercises and activities, focusing on screen acting techniques such as achieving naturalism and conveying emotion. They’ll also learn about equipment and crew roles and commands, and how these impact the role of the actor.

To aid the learning process, we’ll use our speciality camera and equipment, so students can actually view their work after each exercise too, increasing their practical understanding of the difference between stage and screen acting.

Suitable for: Years 1-12.  Min. time required: 1hr 40 mins. 


Thanks to Peta and Filmbites for facilitating such awesome sessions from our centre in Carramar this term and throughout the school holidays. The organisation and planning was seamless, Peta maintained constant communication during the process to ensure the program was designed to meet our outcomes.

 The delivery of the program itself has also been faultless. Jessica is so great with the kids and her passion, enthusiasm and skills in this field shine through every session. The sessions include a variety of activities to encourage young people to work both in groups and independently as well as learning theory and getting active with hands on experience.

 We have received nothing but positive feedback from the young people and parents involved in the sessions. The program has provided a variety of great outcomes for our local young people and would be well received amongst all ages across the City of Wanneroo.  Thanks. Laura, Youth Engagement Officer, City of Wanneroo

Jess was extremely professional in every detail of her workshop. From arriving in plenty of time, being flexible with needing to move venue last minute, to her delivery and ability to relate to the students.

The 12 students enjoyed every second of the 2 hour workshop and we would definitely like to hold one again. The information was appropriately aimed and delivered, at primary school students. Jess was enthusiastic, clear and supportive with her instructions and feed back. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.  Claire Munday, West Leederville PS

Green Screen VFX

(Media Arts / Media Studies / Drama)

Kids love video special effects!  Younger students are guided to create an improvised scene, shown how to use equipment to shoot a ‘green-screen-able’ scene, then watch an editing demonstration where they can participate in editing choices and see their imaginations come to life.

More experienced students are offered hands-on instruction on how to achieve a variety of effects such as creating explosions, changing a background and levitation.

Workshops can be generalised or focus on a theme e.g. Hogwart’s Magic or Star Wars.

Suitable for: Years 3-12.  Min. time required: 1hr 40 mins. 


(Media Arts / Media Studies)


Film-making skills are increasingly useful in our digital age.  Filmbites film workshops can cover the essentials of film equipment, crew roles and commands, set etiquette and working with actors.  Longer workshops will also learn the finer techniques of camera, sound and lighting as used to create style and meaning.

Of course, story is still king, so our workshops can also include story structure, character development.

For older students, media language, advanced production skills and industry skills and processes can also be added.

Filmbites also offer multi-day or on-going weekly sessions where students devise, act, crew, direct (and sometimes also edit) their own short film or music video production.

Suitable for: Years 3-12.  Min. time required: 1hr 40 mins. 

This is just to let you know that we had the most successful ‘Injury Makeup & Filming’ workshop with Filmbites at school. Both Stephanie and Luke are not only experts in their field, they seemed to have an instant relationship with my Yr 9 boys.  Articulate communication, mastery of skills, superb knowledge and their good sense of humour made it an awesome experience for the students and myself. Christchurch Grammar

We really appreciate Luke’s knowledge and enthusiasm, all the young people in the course stayed through till the end which is a testament to the film  course itself. Youth Worker, City of Kwinana

We had an amazing time with him and the students learnt heaps about acting and film production and behind the scenes work. Thanks again for all you did to make this film possible. Principal, Cue Primary School

View the red carpet video of Cue Primary School’s Premiere Night of their film here


(Digital Technologies / Media Production & Analysis)


Why not build on your students love of games by teaching them how to make their own.

Using our free software, students will learn how to use drag and drop capabilities to create a variety of games e.g. shoot em up, platform or ‘fruit ninja’ style games.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of game design and development. Game-making is big business, with game developers in demand not just for the gaming industry but increasingly in other industries too.

Suitable for: Years 3-12.  Min. time required: 1hr 40 mins. 

My son had an absolutely brilliant time at his gaming course with Lyam. He loved working on the games and felt totally at ease knowing that he was among understanding peers and instructors and staff. From the moment we walked in he felt at home. He enjoys games, but it is not his first love. Despite this he had an amazing time and learned a lot.   It was such good value for money, and he would do it again in a heartbeat. Please extend my personal thanks to Lyam. He was “totally cool”.  Mum


3D Animation

(Digital Technologies / Media Production & Analysis / Visual Arts)


3D is charging ahead, and not just in the film world.

This workshop will give your students a look into this amazing new world of creative opportunity.

The software is free and easily downloaded to your school network. Students can also download the program at home and continue developing their 3D skills for free.

Suitable for: Years 7-12.  Min. time required: Half day.

2D Animation 

(Digital Technologies / Media Production & Analysis / Visual Arts)


In this workshop, students learn to create a short animated scene using Flash, an industry standard animation software.

We’ll cover the interface and navigation, creating a character and backgrounds, then how to animate the scene.

Suitable for: Years 7-12.  Min. time required: Half day. 



Screen Presenting

(Drama / English / Digital Technologies / Media Production & Analysis)


This workshop is ideal for students interested in vlogging and creating their own You-tube channel.

By learning some of the skills involved in screen presenting, students also attain more confidence in speaking in front of the camera, as well as writing, memory and focus skills.

Suitable for: Years 3-12.  Min. time required: 1hr 40 mins.


Audition Skills / Industry Information 

(Drama / English / Digital Technologies / Media Production & Analysis)


Filmbites Casting is a division of Filmbites Youth Film School, regularly contacted by directors and casting directors looking to fill roles in television commercials, music videos and short and feature films.

Filmbites Casting actors have most recently appeared in the feature film The Turning (based on the book by Tim Winton), and TV series Hunters and Offspring.

If your drama students are considering a career in acting, Filmbites casting agent Hallie McKeig and Head of Acting Shanta Surendran are available to run an audition skills workshop, as well as speak with the class about how to break into the industry, training options and how to get an agent.

Suitable for: Years 10-12.  Min. time required: 50 mins. 


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School & Community Workshops February 9, 2014

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