Top director gives Oz direction

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One of the industry's most prolific and highly regarded directors will visit Australia next month to present directing masterclasses to those interested in working in film and television.

Bobby Roth has been involved in some of the most successful television programs of recent years including Prison Break, Lost, FlashForward, Numb3rs, V and Fringe.

In Australia for the first time, Roth will arrive in mid-November where he will spend time in Sydney and Melbourne, offering a two-day directing masterclass in each city for the lucky fee-paying few.

The acclaimed director has worked with many successful Australian actors who have made it in Hollywood, including Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace, Lantana), Gia Carides (East of Everything, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, Primeval), Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace) and John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).

His seminars will assist new and aspiring directors in honing their craft, from prep through to post production.

Using examples from his own impressive back catalogue, Roth will discuss how he tackles various issues that most film-makers encounter when approaching a large-scale production, including dealing with visual effects, managing actors, addressing script problems and working with new technologies. Roth said of the latter:

"Technology today has changed both what we watch and how we receive it, but the storytelling aspects have not changed. We still have 'acts' and characters we still need to cast and direct. The most important thing I've learned in 30 years of film-making is to be open to surprise -- the magic that I believe we all seek."

Budding directors can find further details of Bobby Roth's directing workshops and sign up for the classes through iClaudius Workshops.

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