Nick Martinelli talks about ‘The Everybody’s Guide to Filmmaking’ and Sydney Underground Film Festival

Alumni representing Sydney Film School at Sydney Underground Film Festival

Interview and article by Nicole Newton-Plater

At Sydney Film School, we are extremely proud not only to be a major partner of this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival, but to also have two alumni have their short films featured in the program. Hannah Balke’s Ruckus and Nick Martinelli’s The Everybody’s Guide To Film Making have both been selected as part of the OZPLOIT! shorts session, which will take place on Saturday September 19.

The Everybody’s Gunickide To Film Making is a comical look at what people believe to be the success formula of the film industry. Since leaving Sydney Film School, Nick Martinelli has been working as a Production Assistant for a documentary production company and doing freelance work as a location manager for TVC’s, while also working on his first feature script.

We thank Nick Martinelli for finding time to speak to us about the upcoming Sydney Underground Film Festival and his short film.

Firstly, how does it feel being part of the shorts line up for Sydney Underground Film Festival?

Nick: It’s great, Sydney Underground Film Festival screen some really cool films that you don’t get to see anywhere else, let alone hear about. I’m really happy to be a part of it.

Nick, your film The Everybody’s Guide To Filmmaking will be making it’s world premiere at the festival and has been described as a humorous look at the filmmaking industry. Is this how you would describe it yourself?

Nick: Yes, I would describe it as a satire on some people’s perceptions about filmmaking.

And where did the inspiration for your short film come from?

Nick: Like anything creative, it was from many sources of inspiration and ideas, that all came together. I did reference the instructional video from 2004’s Dodgeball with Patches O’Houlihan, a bit of Hamish and Andy, among other references from other sources.

What are you most looking forward to when your film premieres at the festival?

Nick: Audience reactions, I really want to see people laugh, but on the flip side that’s why I’m also scared to go see it. What if they don’t? But I’d imagine that’s how anyone creative feels, when the public views their work. I guess I’ll just use it as a learning experience to make a better film, I’ve already learnt so much from making this one, I’m looking forward to my next project.

How did what you learnt at Sydney Film School help you in the production of your film?

Nick: The greatest thing I got out of Sydney Film School was meeting a lot of like-minded filmmakers. I was very lucky to meet some very cool people who are very talented at what they do, I love working with them and I am forever grateful for the people I’ve met at Sydney Film School.

Sydney Underground Film Festival will take place at The Factory Theatre Marrickville from September 17-20 2015. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

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