2015 Wellington Short Film Workshop

Is there a story you would like to tell through film but don’t know where to start?

Script to Screen presents the 2015 Wellington Short Film Workshop – a two-day workshop that will give you everything you need to know to make a short film. Over one weekend, four experienced industry practitioners will guide you through each stage of the filmmaking process – from the initial concept, writing, directing, casting, producing and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders.

The workshop is suitable for those preparing to make their first short film. No experience necessary.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

You are encouraged to come with a short film idea, and any team members you might wish to work with (e.g. co-writer, director). It is not compulsory to have a short film idea ready, but will mean that you get the most out of the workshop.

Bring along a half-page synopsis describing what your film is about, what happens in the film, and what you want people to feel when they are watching it. You could also include why this story is important to you or why this story needs to be told. Remember to include details like, how long you expect the film to be (short films are usually 5 – 15 mins long), whether it is a comedy or drama etc, and the characters’ names.

On Day 2 of the workshop, participants will be invited to pitch their short film idea to the group in a pitching competition, to a panel of industry mentors. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.

Date: Sat 29 / Sun 30 August, 2015

Time: Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 5pm

Venue: Drama 1, Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown

Cost: The workshop cost is $20 for the weekend – please bring cash on the day. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring lunch with you or there are many cafes in the area.

Registration: Spaces are limited so you must register your interest. Please rsvp to Eloise on eloise @ script-to-screen.co.nz or ring the office on 09 360 5400. This workshop is aimed at ages 17+.


Day One – Saturday 29 August

9am – 9:30am: Tea/Coffee and Introduction

9:30am – 12:30am: Screenwriting

Learn about the key points of storytelling and forming a structure that will grab the audience

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Casting

Learn about the importance casting plays in bringing your film to life

3:00 – 3:30pm: Afternoon tea

3:30 – 5pm: Producing

Learn about the role of the producer in driving the project from conception to completion

Day Two – Sunday 30 August

9am – 12pm:  Directing

Learn about the director’s role in the film and forming a strong vision for your story

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 4:30pm: Pitching Session

Participants are invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.

If you have any questions please contact Eloise Veber on 09 360 5400 or at rsvp @ script-to-screen.co.nz.

This workshop was made possible with the support of the Creative Communities Scheme.



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