School / Community workshops
Elements of Drama
YEARS pp TO 6
Aligned with the WA curriculum, Filmbites’ Elements of Drama program gives students from PP to Year 6 a fun and solid grounding in Voice, Movement, Role, Situation, Space, Character, Time, Tension, Mood and Relationship, through 45-55 minute modules for each element.
These elements serve not only as building blocks for future drama training but also enhance literacy, communication, confidence, creativity and life skills.
The program has already received excellent feedback and results from eight metropolitan primary schools and repeast bookings.
Each module runs for one period, and the series can be programmed to suit your timetable and budget. Each module is $130, with discounts for multiple bookings. A maximum of $40 per student will cover almost 10 hours of exciting and valuable skills development.
Feedback from Kapinara PS and City Beach PS teachers:
“The class absolutely loved the drama sessions. The many ways to tell the stories that the instructor presented, as well as the story told, was most appropriate. The students loved the different activities and learnt a great deal about how to use the voices and bodies to express themselves. Thank you”
“The class really enjoyed the sessions each week, and it was great to see all the children participate completely”
“The impromptu drama opportunities, focus on important elements of drama and the creative expression was well worth the time devoted to it”
“This class was able to engage fully with all activities. There is very little distraction or friction within the group. The lesson structure and the students’ preparedness to engage fully made for a productive series of drama sessions”
“I wasn’t that keen on this class at first but I am totally sold now. Even my autistic student got right into it. Well done.”
“The instructors were so positive with all the children”
“Each session was so well planned”
“The children were so engaged”
“I was amazed at how the children got into it”
“(The workshop) gave them skills I couldn’t”
YEARS 3 to 12
An 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
“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
Years 2 to 12
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.
PEAC students had so much fun while developing a wide range of drama skills in their screen acting course. The Filmbites instructor had a high level of expertise and she engaged and challenged students while providing a safe environment for them to take risks and get out of their comfort zone.
Donna Wilson, PEAC North
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
YEARS 3 to 12
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.
I just wanted to say a quick thank you for attending our Combo Camp! We showed the video at the end of camp and everyone was laughing and so amazed and what you were able to edit and put together. It really was a new and exciting activity for the kids and one which a lot of them really enjoyed.
We also had great feedback about the effort and positive energy you put into encouraging and assisting each group, so thank you again.
Maddison, Family Program Team Leader, Camp Quality
YEARS 3 to 12
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.
Filmbites ran a two day filming workshop with a group of young people aged 13-16 years. They learned everything from improv, to story boarding, to using the camera and sound equipment and editing. The young people had a blast and learned so much in the two days. Ben was engaging, approachable, highly knowledgeable of his craft and ensured we were able to get through a huge amount of content in the time provided. The final edited film was beyond our expectations! The town and the young people were so excited with how it turned out and we look forward to screening it at our film festival as well as using it for promotional purposes across all of our social media channels. Thanks to Ben and the Filmbites crew for an amazing workshop and experience. Cannot wait to work together more in the future.
Community Development Officer, Town of Cambridge
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.
“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
YEARS 4 to 12
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.