Launching: Deep Dive Workshops

Script to Screen introduces Deep Dive Workshops. These workshops are for mid-career and experienced screen practitioners to extend and build on what you already know so you can continue to make powerful stories for the screen. They will be smaller sessions with limited tickets available. Here are the details for our first one.


Finding, proving and valuing your next creative project with David Court
9am-12pm Tuesday 28 June, Auckland

 

Arguably there is no more important creative decision than what you choose to work on next – and not just work on, but invest in, pitch to others, and leapfrog all the other ideas you could be working on too. In this Deep Dive, Compton School founder Dr David Court shares what he knows about finding, proving and valuing your next creative project.

This masterclass will stretch your thinking on a subject that will resonate with many of you.

David is travelling to Auckland to deliver this workshop for Script to Screen. Morning tea will be provided.

When: 9am-12pm Tuesday 28 June, with a 30min morning tea break
Where: Covert Theatre, 51 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Who it is for: Mid-career and experienced practitioners who write, produce and direct projects
Cost: General Admission $80.00 (incl. GST) via Eventbrite.
COVID Note: Orange settings. The venue size allows for this small group to be spaced out. Masks welcome.

 

 


ABOUT DAVID COURT

David Court is the Founder of Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creative people. He is also Chairman of Screen Canberra and a Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. David was formerly Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School where he developed Australia’s first screen business qualification. David has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including John Weiley’s Antarctica, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Dean Cavell’s The Wiggles Movie, Jerzy Domaradski’s Lilian’s Story, Robert Connolly’s The Bank, Andrew Horne’s The Animated Leunig and Don Featherstone’s The One Percenters. David was founding editor of the highly regarded industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government in 1988. The FFC invested more than $1 billion in Australian film and television productions during the next 20 years. In 2010, with Sir Peter Jackson, David undertook a review of the New Zealand Film Commission for the NZ Government. He holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film Commission

Learn how to make your feature film script stand out in this in-depth scriptwriting workshop. David White will lead you through some of the things he discovered when writing and directing This Town.

Openings! Whether on the page or on screen, the opening scene needs to grab the audience. During the first half of the workshop, David will explore ways to write an impactful opening scene by sharing his experience with the scripted opening of This Town, and the vast changes made to translate the script to the screen.

Write what you know! From locations to characters, using richness from the world around you can help create depth especially when working with the lower budgets of first films. In the second half of this workshop, David will explore how using texture from places and characters you know intimately can help you build a believable world for your film.


Saturday 7th August 2021
9am – 5pm
Drama 2, Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newton, Wellington.

Who it is for: This workshop is aimed at beginning and emerging feature film writers. Directors and producers wanting to learn more about taking a script into production will also find this workshop valuable and are encouraged to attend. All levels of experience welcome.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via Eventbrite.

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch or there are places to buy your lunch in the vicinity.

COVID Alert Level Note: This workshop will go ahead under Alert Level 1. If Wellington is in Alert Level 2, the workshop date will be reviewed. If Wellington is in Alert Level 3 or 4, the workshop will be postponed.


ABOUT DAVID WHITE

David White has produced and directed a substantial body of documentary and drama work that has enjoyed considerable national and international success, among them Meat, Shihad: Beautiful Machine, I Kill, Little Criminals, The Cleanest Pig and This Town.  His work has screened at over 50 film festivals including Sundance, AFI, SXSW, SilverDocs, Tribeca, MIFF, TRUE/FALSE, Clermont Ferrand and been commissioned and screened on BBC, Sky and PRIME TV.

He was the first New Zealander to be shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Honor for his film I Kill (2013). His next two documentaries Little Criminals (2015) and Of Decades in Colour (2017) aired on PRIME TV to strong ratings and critical acclaim. Feature documentary Meat (2017) opened to 4-star reviews and sell-out audiences throughout NZ, was released on multiple NZME platforms and has sold globally.

David’s (writer/director/producer) debut comedy film This Town was developed at the prestigious Venice Biennale College – Cinema, amongst just 12 selected from a worldwide call. It was critically acclaimed and stayed at number one at the NZ theatrical box office for 21days. World sales are being handled by The Film Sales Company.


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission and Creative Communities Wellington.

 

Script to Screen, in partnership with Northland Youth Theatre, presents a free four-day film workshop in the July school holidays for 15 – 23 year olds.

The workshop helps young participants to develop skills in crafting a story idea, writing a script, and acting. The aim of the workshop is to foster writing talent and encourage aspiring filmmakers. No experience or prior knowledge of filmmaking is necessary.

On Day 1, participants will hear from writer/director Hamish Bennett (The Dump, Ross & Beth, Bellbird) about finding a story they want to tell and crafting a narrative that is compelling on screen. On Day 2, participants will develop their own film concept and write a scene for their film, guided by actor Laurel Devenie (Shortland Street).

On Day 3 Laurel will lead a workshop on acting for the screen, including working with the scenes written the day before. Each participant will get the chance to act in a scene. On the last day, we will tape the scenes, watch them as a group and discuss what was learned.


Tuesday 13 July – Fri 16 July

9am – 2:30pm each day

Northland Youth Theatre, 86 Bank St, Whangarei 0110

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided. However, if you have special dietary requirements (gluten free, dairy free, keto, paleo, etc) please bring food with you.

The workshop is free but please register via EventBrite as spaces are limited.


This workshop is presented in partnership with Northland Youth Theatre and is made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission and Foundation North.

This workshop has now reached capacity. You may join the waitlist if you are still interested in attending and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

 

Due to popular demand, we’re excited to be bringing you another Auckland workshop! Join us for a one-day workshop in Waitākere this June to learn how to jumpstart your feature film idea or revitalise an old one. This interactive and practical one-day workshop will give you the means to propel your feature film project forward.

Over the course of one day, Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) will explore character and story and how the two are intertwined. He will use clips and examples to support the learning.

Hamish will talk about how to tap into your own knowledge and experiences to build a story that is authentic and memorable. He will also talk about his process preparing as a director and give you methods for making time for writing when you’re not a full-time writer.

No matter what your experience is, come along. The passion that drives you to create will be invigorated and you’ll come away with new knowledge and ideas to further develop your stories.

 

Saturday 12 June 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
The Seminar Room, Level 1, Lopdell Precinct, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Parking: Free parking behind the Lopdell building, entrance is off South Titirangi Road. Alternative parking is available outside the building on Titirangi Road or at the parking building opposite – off South Titirangi Road.

Who it is for: Emerging to established filmmakers. If you are at the beginning stages of writing a feature film or are interested in writing a film this workshop will be very beneficial.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of cafes in the area if you wish to buy lunch. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided.

 

This Script to Screen workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Auckland Council Creative Communities and the New Zealand Film Commission.

    

Passion, Persistence, Patience and Intense Ominous Whooshing

Script to Screen is proud to present a one-day directing workshop in Queenstown with David Stubbs (Daffodils, Black Hands, Reservoir Hill). This interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to find the best director within you.

Over one day, David will talk about his experience finding inspiration, choosing the right projects, how to build longevity in your career as a director and give you an in-depth look into the best and the hardest parts of being a director.

David will teach you how to effectively work and communicate with key collaborators and take you through the detailed journey of the director from pre-production to post.


Saturday 20th March 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm
The Stables, Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Who it is for: This workshop is aimed at beginning and emerging directors, as well as those wanting to transition from other roles in the industry into directing. Producers and writers wanting to learn more about the directing process will also find this workshop valuable and are encouraged to attend. All levels of experience welcome.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch, there is a restaurant on-site or Queenstown township is a short drive away.

COVID Alert Level Note: This workshop will go ahead under Alert Level 1. It will be reviewed under Alert Level 2 and will not go ahead if the country is under Alert Level


Travel Grants
Film Otago Southland are generously offering a max of 5 x $100 travel grants to enable participants from outside Queenstown, but who reside within the Otago and Southland region, to attend.

Please email Kahli Scott (kahli@filmotagosouthland.com) to request this support. Confirmation of your workshop registration will be required before the grant will be offered. The first five confirmed applicants will be supported. Any person accepting the grant and failing to attend the workshop in person will be liable to return the grant.


About David Stubbs
David Stubbs is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with an eye for the uncomfortable truths in everyday life. He has moved between drama, documentary, music videos and digital projects in a 35-year career that’s been eclectic and highly accomplished. Most notably he was the director and co-producer on feature films Daffodils (2019), Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses (2016), TV drama mini-series Black Hands (2020), and series/digital projects Reservoir Hill (2010 – 2011) and Girl versus Boy (2013-2015). David’s films and television have screened internationally on networks, Netflix and at numerous prestigious film festivals. In 2010 David won an International Emmy Award, a Qantas Media Award and in 2017 was judged Best Director Documentary at the New Zealand Film Awards.


This workshop is presented by Script to Screen and made possible thanks to generous support from  Film Otago Southland, Queenstown Lakes District Council Film Office, Queenstown Lakes Council Creative Communities and the New Zealand Film Commission.

            

Update 19 Feb 2021 – Covid-19 Alert Level Update

Auckland has now moved into Alert Level 2. This workshop is going ahead under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

There are some important things to note:

  • Record-keeping for contact tracing is required for all attendees so please scan St Columba Centre’s QR code clearly placed at the entrance of the venue on the COVID-19 tracer app. If you arrive late please, ensure you check in with the Script to Screen staff member.
  • The room will be set up to ensure participants are socially distanced during the workshop, and we encourage you to keep a 1-metre distance from people you don’t know at other times, where practical. We also encourage you to wear a mask.
  • We will no longer be providing food at this workshop. Tea and coffee will be available for self-service, however, please observe social distancing at the tea and coffee stations. We recommend you bring your own water bottles and keep cups. You are welcome to bring snacks with you.
  • As always, practice good hygiene – frequently wash your hands with soap and water and cough and sneeze into your elbow. Use the hand sanitiser provided.

Do not attend the workshop if you are feeling unwell, are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or are self-isolating.


Script to Screen is excited to bring you our first workshop for 2021! Join us this February to jumpstart your feature film idea or revitalise an old one. This interactive and practical two-day workshop will give you the tools you need to propel your feature film project forward.

On day one, writer/director Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) will teach you how to build your screen story around interesting, original and compelling characters. Then producer Emma Slade (The Justice of Bunny King, Come To Daddy, The Changeover) will give you invaluable insight into what’s needed to produce a feature film.

On day two, Hamish Bennett will return to talk about his directing process, then producer Karin Williams will help you devise a dynamic logline that gets your project noticed.

No matter what your experience is, come along. The passion that drives you to create will be invigorated and you’ll come away with new knowledge and ideas to further develop your stories.


Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st February 2021
9:15am – 5:00pm each day
St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
(Free off-street parking available)

Who it is for: Emerging to established filmmakers. However, if you are at the beginning stages of writing a feature film or are interested in writing a film this workshop will be very beneficial.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of cafes in the area if you wish to buy lunch.


Workshop Schedule

Saturday 20th Feb 2021

  • 9:15am Doors open, Welcome
  • 9:30am Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 10:30am Break
  • 11am Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Writing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 3pm Producing with Emma Slade
  • 5pm End

Sunday 21st Feb 2021

  • 9:15am Doors open
  • 9:30am Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 10:30am Break
  • 11am Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett
  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Directing Craft with Hamish Bennett continues
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 3pm Writing a great logline with Karin Williams – Interactive session
  • 5pm Finish

This Script to Screen workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from Auckland Council Creative Communities and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Calling all aspiring filmmakers, storytellers and creatives! Want to learn how to use the power of cinema to tell your stories?

 

The 2020 South Auckland Short Film Workshop is a two-day workshop to learn the art of making short films. Whether you’re new to filmmaking or have some experience, we are calling everyone who aspires to tell their stories on screen to come and learn what it takes to bring your film to life.

This workshop is intended for people who either live in South Auckland or have a connection with the area.

Over one weekend you will be guided by experienced filmmakers about the principles of how to write a short film, the role of the director, what it takes to get your short film off the ground, and pitching to funders and collaborators. Speakers include Marina McCartney (Milk & Honey, Vai), Todd Karehana (Ahikāroa, My Brother Mitchell) and Nikki Si’ulepa (Same But Different, Mā, Snow in Paradise)

Who it is for: New and emerging creatives from any industry or background with a connection to the South Auckland community who have an interest in short filmmaking.

When: Saturday 31 Oct – Sunday 1 Nov 2020, 9am – 5pm each day

Where: Te Haa o Manukau – Ground Floor, 2 Osterley Way, Manukau.
$5 all-day parking is available at 50 Manukau Station Road – an Auckland Transport carpark next to the bus station which is a short walk to the venue.

Cost: General Admission $5.75 (incl GST). Tickets via Eventbrite.

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Please bring lunch with you or there are plenty of cafes in the area to buy lunch and there is space available to eat your lunch if you bring it with you.

Participants from this workshop will be eligible to apply for Script to Screen’s South Shorts 2021 Mentorship Programme. Read more about South Shorts 2021.

Image: Money Honey written and directed by Isaac Knights-Washbourn. Winner of NZIFF Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Best Film Award and Show Me Shorts 2020 Best Director Award.

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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

 

MARINA MCCARTNEY
Marina was born and raised in Manukau City, New Zealand. From a Geordie Father, Samoan Mother and Cook Islands step-Mother, she is interested in how cultural heritage effects the way we are viewed and how we view others. She holds an MA in Screen Production (First Class Honours) and is an award-winning filmmaker and academic. Her areas of expertise are Pacific Studies, Pacific filmmaking, Pacific representation on screen and of the Pacific woman. She is a PhD candidate and Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholar exploring Pacific filmmaking and is developing a range of projects including her next feature film, The Return.

TODD KAREHANA
Todd Karehana (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Ngati Ruapani) is an experimental storyteller with a passion for creating new images of minorities. He has five years’ experience in the New Zealand film and television industry with companies such as Kura Productions, Pango Productions, and Piki Films. Alumni of the Masters in Screen Production programme at The University of Auckland, Karehana was the writer and director on several short films such as The Kweenz of Kelston, and My Brother Mitchell – which screened at numerous international film festivals. His recent credits include; storyliner, writer, script editor and Social Media Manager on drama series Ahikāroa, storyliner and writer on children’s animated series The Exceptional Squad, Social Media Manager on animated series Aroha Bridge, and, writing support on feature film Ngā Pouwhenua.

NIKKI SI’ULEPA
Nikki Si’ulepa is an award winning actor, writer, director and camera operator of Samoan heritage from the villages of Sātalo and Solaūa. Nikki’s short films have screened at international film festivals including Berlinale, Tribeca, Sydney, NZIFF, and imagineNATIVE. Her debut NZFC funded short film, Snow in Paradise was shot entirely on location in Aitutaki, Cook Islands and was selected for the Berlinale in 2011 and again for the NATIVe program in 2019. Nikki was one of 250 participants and the only Kiwi/Pacific Islander selected from over 7,000 applicants for the Berlinale Talents program in 2017. Nikki’s self funded her next short film, Ma, and Aroha was one of ten short films in the K’Rd Stories collection. Nikki next short, Counting Cars (post production), was an experiment to test her working relationship with her wife, Rachel Aneta Wills, in anticipation of their romantic comedy feature film Same But Different: A True NZ Love Story. Nikki is currently in post production with short film, This is Your Half Hour Call and is developing a television series and two feature films. Nikki likes vegan Magnum ice-cream.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Saturday 31st October

Sunday 1st November



COVID-19 Update as at 25/08/20.
Covid-19 Level 3 Restrictions in Auckland means Hamish Bennett will no longer be able to travel to Wellington to present this workshop. We are pleased to say that educator and script consultant Gavin McGibbon is stepping in to present a workshop on what it takes to build a screen story that connects with people.This means the Wellington Workshop will go ahead but with some safety precautions in place. There are only a few tickets left so if you no longer wish to attend, please request a refund through Eventbrite to make your place available for someone else. See below for more information and instructions.


The Foundations of Story and Character with Gavin McGibbon

Great stories create an umbilical cord between the screen and the audience, where we feel everything that the character does.

This one day workshop will look at the elements we need to consider as writers to build that level of engagement with our own stories, through writing exercises, viewing and discussing scenes. We will look at a wide range of aspects of story and character from how we hook an audience from the first moment they meet our protagonist to ensuring that our stories don’t run out of momentum.

To gain the most out of the workshop, please come with a film concept in mind.

Don’t miss this interactive and practical workshop that will help you navigate through the complexities of writing a feature film.

Sat 29 Aug 2020, 9am – 5pm

Where: Drama 3, Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newton, Wellington.

Who it is for: All levels of writing experience – emerging to established filmmakers. The workshop will largely refer to the feature film format, but will be valuable to those developing shorts, features and series.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST). Tickets via Eventbrite.

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Tea and Coffee will be provided. There are plenty of cafes in the area to buy lunch.


ABOUT GAVIN MCGIBBON

Gavin McGibbon until his recent return back to New Zealand, was the Programme Leader of the MA Screenwriting programme at Liverpool John Moores University. He has taught playwriting at Victoria University of Wellington for the International Institute of Modern Letters, where he also worked as an MA Supervisor on Ken Duncum’s MA Scriptwriting Course. Students that Gavin has taught have gone on to win numerous awards for their writing and are currently working on major television shows in the UK.

Gavin has also worked for the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Film School, Massey University, Victoria Continuing Education and he is a freelance script consultant.

Gavin has a very different take on scriptwriting and what it takes to build a story that connects with people. He doesn’t believe in formula – he believes in craft meeting art, and using that combination to create an engaging, emotional journey for an audience.


COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update

As Wellington is at Alert Level 2, there are some important things to note:

Do not attend the workshop if you are feeling unwell, are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, waiting for a COVID-19 test result or are self-isolating.


These workshops are made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film CommissionCreative Communities Wellington and our venue sponsor Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre.

    

 

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for you to learn from Bellbird writer and director Hamish Bennett.

This filmmaking workshop focuses on building your screen story around interesting, original and compelling characters. Over the course of one day, Hamish will explore character and story and how the two are intertwined. He will use clips and examples to support the learning.

Hamish will talk about how to tap into your own knowledge and experiences to build a story that is authentic and memorable. He will give you methods for making time for writing when you’re not a full-time writer – and how you can use this to your advantage.

Don’t miss this interactive and practical workshop that will help you write a script that gets noticed.


Who it is for: All levels of writing experience – emerging to established filmmakers.

When: Saturday 8 August, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Where: Ara Institute of Canterbury, NZ Broadcasting School (TV Building)
33 Southwark Street (Cnr Madras and Southwark), Christchurch.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST). Tickets via Eventbrite.

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. There are plenty of cafes in the area to buy lunch and there is space available to eat your lunch if you bring it with you


ABOUT HAMISH BENNETT

Hamish Bennett is a New Zealand writer/director (Ngāti Whakaue, Patuharakeke, Ngāti Waewae) and a full-time school teacher. His first short film, The Dump, won Best Short Script at 2012’s NZ Writers Guild Awards. His second short, Ross & Beth, won numerous awards, including the Jury and Audience prizes at the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival. Bellbird is Hamish’s first feature film. It expands on the world established in the two shorts, and was filmed in the small rural Northland community where he grew up.

Described by The Listener as ‘a perfectly tuned piece of work and a classic in the making’, Bellbird had its world premiere in competition at the 2019 Sydney International Film Festival. It has just completed a successful theatrical and festival run, most recently picking up the Best Screenplay award at the Macao International Film Festival.


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from
New Zealand Film CommissionCreative Communities Christchurch and our venue sponsor, Ara – New Zealand Broadcasting School.
     

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update

as at 18/08/20

At this stage, The Dunedin Screenwriting Workshop will go ahead as planned.

However, as Dunedin is at Alert Level 2, there are some important things to note:

Do not attend the workshop if you are feeling unwell, are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, waiting for a COVID-19 test result or are self-isolating.


 

“Ken Duncum is an exceptional teacher. The structure and underlying philosophy of his approach to scriptwriting in just a day provides me with the perspective and courage to write more and write better”

– 2018 Auckland Workshop Participant

 

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from IIML screenwriting teacher Ken Duncum.

This one day course on writing a feature film looks at strategies for Coming up with a Cinematic Concept, growing Captivating Characters, locating the Core of your story and establishing your personal Connection to it.

Over the course of the day, Ken Duncum will coach and cajole you through a process of developing your own film idea, giving you tips for finding and building a story that resonates.

Don’t miss this interactive and practical workshop that will help you navigate through the complexities of writing a feature film.


 

Who it is for: Emerging to established filmmakers, however, if you are at the beginning stages of writing a feature film or are interested in writing a film this workshop will be very beneficial.

When: Saturday 22 August 2020, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Arrive 8:50 am for 9 am start.

Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery – Auditorium. First floor, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin.

Cost: General Admission $23 (incl. GST) via EventBrite

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of cafes in the area if you wish to buy lunch.

 


This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission, Creative Communities Dunedin and The Southern Trust.

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