Script to Screen is delighted to announce the projects and teams selected to take part in Series Bootcamp 2020, a programme created to nurture emerging and mid-career writers and producers as they develop their series concepts.

The teams will workshop their series concepts over two stages. At stage one, each team will have an online session with an advisor from the U.S. The two advisors, Laurence Andries (VP of Programming at the Writer’s Guild Foundation, How to Get Away with Murder, Blue Bloods, Six Feet Under) and Jill Goldsmith (Boston Legal, Law & Order, Rizzoli & Isles), will give feedback on how to further develop the concept to appeal to an international audience. The teams will bring that feedback to stage two and attend a two-day intensive workshop to continue to develop their concepts with exceptional local story and producer advisors. Some participants are experienced in other formats so the workshop will also cover the nuances of writing and producing series for the screen.

For this first Series Bootcamp, Script to Screen received 61 applications. Three external selectors went through a robust process compiling a shortlist of 15 and ultimately selected seven projects to be developed. They said “there was so much evident talent – freshness, originality & skill. We wished there were more places to offer. To have made the shortlist was a real mark of quality, and the selection was passionately argued. Our congratulations to all the chosen teams – the future is bright!”

Script to Screen thanks all the filmmakers who applied.

Congratulations to the teams whose series concepts will be developed at Series Bootcamp 2020:

 

Series Bootcamp is made possible thanks to generous support from the New Zealand Film Commission, US Embassy and the US Arts Envoy.

      

Script to Screen is proud to present Series Bootcamp, a development lab created to nurture emerging and mid-career writers and producers.

Six writer/producer teams with an outstanding series concept and evidence of talent and ability will be selected to go through a two-stage development process.

At stage one each team has an online session with a US screenwriter who will give feedback on the quality, originality and viability of the concept. The teams bring that feedback to stage two, a two-day intensive story and producing workshop.

Teams attending Series Bootcamp will come away with a refined concept for a distinctive series that is ready to pitch. Participants will have a deepened understanding of how to write, pitch, and produce a series.

Participants who live outside of Auckland will have their travel and accommodation paid for.

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: MIDNIGHT, 30 August 2020
ONLINE FEEDBACK SESSION WITH US WRITER: date to be scheduled early November
DEVELOPMENT LAB DATES: 3 – 4 December 2020

Read Application FAQs

Series Bootcamp is made possible thanks to financial support from New Zealand Film Commission and the US Embassy Arts Envoy.

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Can I submit a  Series Concept in any genre?
Yes, you can submit a comedy/thriller/crime/horror/sci-fi etc  series concept as long as it is scripted.


Do I have to have a producer attached to my project to apply?
Yes.


Can I be both the writer and the producer?

One of the aims of this Development Lab is to increase the number of producers with the skills to make series in New Zealand.  Because of this there needs to be a minimum of two people in each team – producer and writer. Yes, you can be a producer and writer of your TV series concept but you need to have a co-producer or a co-writer that is separate from yourself as well.


Do all team members have to attend in person?

All key team members must be able to attend the two-day development lab in person in Auckland in December. We aim to run the event in person unless we are prohibited to do this due to Covid-related government restrictions. Due to this, all team members must know they will be in New Zealand at the time of the December workshop.

If there is a highly experienced producer guiding a new producer, only the new producer needs to attend the development lab.


One or more of our key team members’ experience level/s differs from the guidelines set out (e.g. we are too experienced), am I still eligible to apply?

For this programme, if you think you meet emerging or mid-career for a reason not listed, explain why in your biography. You may choose to address how this programme would develop your career in another field e.g. you are an experienced writer/director who is stepping into producing; or you are an experienced producer in film/doco/reality TV but not Sscripted TV; or you are an experienced TV producer who has brought a less experienced producer onto the project to upskill them.

STS’s reference point for experience levels aligns with the NZFC’s which you can read here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW
APPLICATIONS CLOSE:
MIDNIGHT, 30 August 2020
FIRST FEEDBACK SESSION – ONLINE: date to be scheduled early November 
SERIES BOOTCAMP DATES:
3 – 4 December 2020

READ APPLICATION FAQs

APPLY NOW

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

We’re seeking writer/producer teams with outstanding concepts for a drama series for broadcast or streaming.

Please note: Series Bootcamp applications are open to permanent New Zealand residents or NZ citizens only.

All key team members must be able to attend the two-day development lab in person in Auckland in December. We aim to run the event in person unless we are prohibited to do this due to Covid-related government restrictions. Due to this, all team members must know they will be in New Zealand at the time of the December workshop.

Who is eligible?

*STS’s reference point for experience levels aligns with the NZFC’s which you can read here. For this programme, if you think you meet emerging or mid-career for a reason not listed, explain why in your biography.

Who attends?

Note: Team members also need to be available to participate in an online 90-min feedback session in November (taking place 2-13 Nov, date and time to be agreed between teams and US screenwriter) and write up notes about how that feedback can be utilised to improve their concept. These notes are to be emailed to Script to Screen by 23 November so they can be read by the mentors attending Series Bootcamp.


To apply, you’ll need to submit the following in ONE .pdf document:

Please ensure your uploaded attachment is page numbered and includes a header with applicant names and project title.

Your document should not exceed 10 pages total (including any visual material/images you use). If you need to merge multiple documents you can use smallpdf.com for free.

Your submission document should include:

Important:

Shortlisted applicants will be notified on the week commencing 28 September. Teams on the shortlist will be asked to submit a writing sample of the script for Episode 1 of their series.

The writing sample will need to be delivered within three days from the notification date. We recommend you prepare your script now so it is ready to submit.


Please ensure you complete payment of the $20 application fee by 30 August.

Bank details as follows:

Account Name: Script to Screen Te Tari Kupu A Whakaahua
Account Number: 03 0255 0178775-00
Reference: Bootcamp – Applicant name


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