2016 Auckland Central Short Film Workshop‏

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

Do you want the chance to have one-on-one mentoring with an experienced filmmaker?

Script to Screen presents the 2016 Auckland Central 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, producing, directing, and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders. We are looking for new talent with a passion for storytelling, and an interest in learning how to make a short film. One attendee will be chosen for one-on-one mentoring with an experienced filmmaker on their short film script.

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.

To prepare for the workshop, you may want to work on a synopsis or short outline for your film (this is not compulsory). It should be about half a page, 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, the title, 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. This outline can be used as the pitch for your film.

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. One winner will be chosen to go on for mentoring with an experienced filmmaker. The pitch is to be kept to 5 minutes.

Date: Sat 28 / Sun 29 May, 2016

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

VenueSt Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby

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+ (and is suitable for adults of all ages).


Day One – Saturday 28 May

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

9:30am – 12:30pm: Screenwriting with writer/director Michael Bennett (Matariki, The Factory)

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

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:30pm: Producing with Orlando Stewart (The Dump, Ross and Beth)

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

3:30-4pm: Afternoon tea

4 – 5pm: The life of a short film with Gina Dellabarca (Festival Director – Show Me Shorts Film Festival)

Day Two – Sunday 29 May

9am – 11am: Directing with Roseanne Liang (My Wedding and Other Secrets, Flat 3)

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

11am – 4:30pm: Pitching Session (with a lunch break)

Participants are invited to pitch their short film idea to the group and a panel of industry mentors. One winner will be chosen to work with an experienced industry mentor on their short film script. The pitch is to be kept to 3 minutes.

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



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