A comedy sketch series written, produced and directed by RMIT graduates will launch on ABC iview and ABC2 in June.
Greta Harrison, Matthew C Vaughan and Dave Jackson were selected for the ABC Fresh Blood comedy initiative from around 500 applicants nationwide.
The 24 successful teams each received a $10,000 production budget from the ABC and Screen Australia to create a series of three comedy shorts.
Premiering on ABC iview on 15 June, the RMIT alumni's Fresh Blood episodes take a low-fi absurdist approach to explore the impacts of media and new media.
Ms Harrison and Mr Vaughan have written comedy and children's TV for Australian networks, and have been writing, producing and performing together in online comedy since graduating from RMIT with professional screenwriting degrees in 2007.
Together they make up the production team, Touched by an Angle Grinder.
Dave Jackson, a graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media and the Bachelor of Communication (Media), joined forces with Ms Harrison and Mr Vaughan as director of their comedy shorts for Fresh Blood.
Their series has uncovered an unlikely star in Ms Harrison's 85-year-old grandfather, John Anagnostou, who plays tech start-up entrepreneur "Pops".
Mr Anagnostou has already garnered a growing fan base online after his appearances in Touched by an Angle Grinder's online comedy projects.
Interested in creating comedy with a skewed visual aesthetic and absurdist bent, the alumni are excited to bring their unique brand of laughs to a new audience on the ABC.
"We're thrilled to have been given this chance to act like complete and utter idiots on the national broadcaster," Ms Harrison said.
"It's an incredible opportunity for us to reach a wider audience and to really give our parents something to be proud of, but a tiny bit embarrassed about."
Ms Harrison is grateful for the professional networks she established at RMIT, and the fundamentals of comedy writing that she and Mr Vaughan gleaned from teachers such as Vin Hedger and Chris Anastassiades.
"A number of our fellow screenwriting grads including Tim Clark and Melbourne stand-up Jean Lizza were able to donate their significant talents to the Fresh Blood series," she said.
"The professional writing course is an invaluable way to connect with the people who will soon become your film and TV industry peers."
Ms Harrison and Mr Vaughan have also enjoyed recent success with their comedy web series Dick Dribble: Pro-Baller/Private Eye, which screened at a range of international festivals including Vancouver Webfest, USA's Independent Television Festival and LA Webfest, where it won two awards.
Their next projects include a continuing online comedy sketch series during 2014 and a web series, as well as a horror comedy feature now in development.
The alumni's comedy shorts will be released on ABC iview on Sunday, 15 June, and will air on ABC2 in mid-July.
RMIT's Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting provides specialist training in writing for film, television and digital media across all genres for screenwriters wanting to break into the industry.
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