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Shopfront Filmmaking Workshops

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These workshops are for ages 13 - 18 years old and will take place Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 April - 10am - 3pm. Ideally all participants will be available to attend both days however if you can only attend one, that's ok! If you are attending both days, please register for each day. 

Parents/carers please be advised that young people will need to bring snacks and lunch with them each day.

By registering for this workshop series parents/carers are providing their consent for participants to be taken on a walking excursion around The Rocks to gather inspiration as well as consenting for participants images to be used for exhibition display, archival and promotional activities.

If your child has support needs or access requirements please email
Unfortunately the Atherden Street location is not wheelchair accessible.



Film On The Rocks. A two-day workshop inviting young people into the exciting world of cinema! Learn the art of visual storytelling, the basics of using a camera, and the secrets to establishing a captivating atmosphere on screen. With that knowledge in tow, walk the streets of The Rocks district, and use your newfound tools to capture hidden tales of mystery, romance, terror and adventure!


  • Workshop Day 1 will include getting-to-know-you games, running through the basics of storyboarding and visual storytelling, and how to call a shot. We'd then take a wander around The Rocks to find places of interest that evoke an atmosphere and inspire a response from the young people, then they'd mindmap and develop/pitch ideas for their films. Using Shopfront's equipment, we'd split into teams and film our pieces. 
  • Workshop Day 2 will include filming and editing, showing the young'uns how to put their films together.


SHOPFRONT ARTS CO-OP is the home of youth arts. We stand as Sydney’s only cross-art form organisation led by and dedicated to the artistry of Young People. For over four decades, Shopfront has amplified the voices of Young People.
Supported by practising, professional artists, our members make bold and ambitious works of creative expression. We champion acts of artistic bravery. We are acknowledged for this bravery through awards, recognition and support of arts bodies, and by the thousands of people who have at one time or another in the last four decades considered Shopfront to be their second home. Being a member of Shopfront means you are part of something. Our co-operative is an inclusive community of artists sharing a common goal of making great art (and having a lot of fun along the way).

DAVID MOLLOY is a multidisciplinary artist engaged in stage and screen. Since graduating from the University of Wollongong (BCA Dean's Scholar) and the Australian Film Television & Radio School, he has worked at home and abroad as a writer, performer, AV designer and videographer. He has written two feature films, three feature documentaries and a play, Monument, which debuted at the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival. Most recently, David got to combine his writing, directing and video design skills for Shopfront Arts Co-Op's Senior Ensemble Production HIT Reset which he co-directed with James Peter Brown.   

David's AV design work includes: Tiny Universe (Shopfront, 2021), Natural Order (Milk Crate Theatre, 2019); Monument (Gom Jabbar, 2018); The Forest Unyielding (Self-Help Arts, 2016); Machine (Eclective Productions, 2015); and Carly & Troy Do A Doll's House (His Three Daughters, 2013). In 2020, he acted as cinematographer and editor to convert Shopfront's Senior Ensemble production Planet B (dir. Miranda Middleton) to film.

Alongside workshop facilitation, David provides videography to creative businesses through Irony Mark Films. He has two dachshunds and they are long, terrible beasts.

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