Paerangi Video Tutorials

Members of the NZ screen industry teach the fundamentals needed to develop a short film or web series. Script to Screen created these videos in 2021 as a launchpad for the Paerangi Project.

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Script to Screen is proud to offer a series of nine video tutorials for aspiring screenwriters, directors and producers who want to create their own projects. Viewers learn how to find a good story, write a script, get ready for production and pitch the project to funders and collaborators.

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The contributors are Hamish Bennett (Bellbird, Ross & Beth, The Dump), Robyn Grace (Power Rangers: Dino Charge, Sweet Tooth, Oranges and Lemons), Sophie Henderson (The Justice of Bunny King, Baby Done, Fantail), Alex Lovell (My Friend Michael Jones, Mister Sunshine), Shoshana McCallum (Inside, Head High, Creamerie), Marina Alofagia McCartney (Vai, Milk & Honey), Jaimee Poipoi (Krystal), Emmett Skilton (Millennial Jenny, Auckward Love), Morgan Leigh Stewart (K’ Rd Stories, Bird’s Eye! Deathgasm), Dianne Taylor (Beyond the Known World, Apron Strings, Hauraki) and Karin Williams (Sis).

Each tutorial has self-directed homework exercises. The documents you create are essential to bringing your project to life, whether they’re for seeking funding or sponsorship, or to show your cast and crew so they can see your vision as clearly as you do.

Find your tribe and connect with fellow filmmakers on the Paerangi Project Facebook group.
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Welcome to Script to Screen’s Paerangi Project!

Contributor:
Eloise Veber (Programme Manager, Script to Screen)

Transcript:
Video 1 Transcript PDF
Video 1 Transcript Word DOC

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What Makes a Good Story? (28 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:06 What makes a great story for the screen?
4:34 What storytelling format suits your story?
10:18 Do stories always come from the environment around you?
14:38 How much truth should there be in fictional stories?
19:27 What should you consider when characters that are not of the same ethnicity, cultural group, gender or sexuality as you are?
27:58 Homework

Contributors:
Marina Alofagia McCartney, Sophie Henderson, Emmett Skilton, Dianne Taylor, Robyn Grace, Jaimee Poipoi, Hamish Bennett, Morgan Leigh Stewart and Shoshana McCallum.

Homework:
Video 2 Homework PDF
Video 2 Homework Word DOC

Transcript:
Video 2 Transcript PDF
Video 2 Transcript Word DOC

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Story Elements (37 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:08 Structuring a film
10:08 Structuring a webseries
16:34 Characters
27:21 Genre
30:53 World
33:30 Theme
36:38 Homework

Contributors:
Karin Williams, Hamish Bennett, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Shoshana McCallum, Sophie Henderson and Dianne Taylor.

Homework:
Video 3 Homework PDF
Video 3 Homework Word DOC

Donwloads:
Film and Series Genre Glossary PDF
Film and Series Genre Glossary Word DOC
Marina Alofagia McCartney Notes (Video 3)
Ross and Beth Script

Transcript:
Video 3 Transcript PDF
Video 3 Transcript Word DOC

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Writing a One-Page Synopsis or Episode Outline (14 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:09 One-page synopsis for short film
06:27 Episode outlines for web series
12:57 Homework

Contributors:
Marina Alofagia McCartney and Emmett Skilton

Homework:
Video 4 Homework PDF
Video 4 Homework Word DOC

Downloads:
Auckward Love – Episode Synopsis – Sample
Marina Alofagia McCartney Notes (Video 4)

Transcript:
Video 4 Transcript PDF
Video 4 Transcript Word DOC

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Script Mechanics (31 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:06 Formatting a script
3:27 Big print and writing visually
13:39 Opening Scene (Webseries)
19:46 Opening Scene (Short film)
21:20 Writing Dialogue
30:21 Homework

Contributors:
Shoshana McCallum, Dianne Taylor and Hamish Bennett

Homework:
Video 5 Homework PDF
Video 5 Homework Word DOC

Transcript:
Video 5 Transcript PDF
Video 5 Transcript Word DOC

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Being a Director (31 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:09 What is the role of the director
8:01 Preparing a director’s treatment
26:48 Homework

Contributors:
Hamish Bennett, Robyn Grace and Emmett Skilton

Homework:
Video 6 Homework PDF
Video 6 Homework Word DOC

Downloads:
Auckward Love – Target Audience Sample
Oranges and Lemons (dir. Robyn Grace) – Visual Treatment

Transcript:
Video 6 Transcript PDF
Video 6 Transcript Word DOC

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Being a Producer (35 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:10 Giving advice and feedback
03:24 IP / Chain of Title / Contracts / Companies and shareholdings
09:50 Health and safety compliance considerations
13:58 Deliverables and contractual obligations

Contributors:
Alex Lovell, Morgan Leigh Stewart and Jaimee Poipoi

Homework:
Video 7a Homework PDF
Video 7a Homework Word DOC

Downloads:
Paerangi Budget Template.xls
COP-Animals
Screen Safe – Working with Children

Transcript:
Video 7a Transcript PDF

Video 7a Transcript Word DOC

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Being a Producer Advanced (16 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:10 Giving advice and feedback
03:24 IP / Chain of Title / Contracts / Companies and shareholdings
09:50 Health and safety compliance considerations
13:58 Deliverables and contractual obligations

Contributors:
Morgan Leigh Stewart and Alex Lovell

Homework:
Video 7b Homework PDF
Video 7b Homework Word DOC

Download:
Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

Transcript:
Video 7b Transcript PDF
Video 7b Transcript Word DOC

 

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Writing your logline and pitching your idea (17 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:06 Writing a logline
10:51 How to pitch in person
15:10 Making a video pitch
17:01 Homework

Contributors:
Morgan Leigh Stewart and Karin William

Homework:
Video 8 Homework PDF
Video 8 Homework Word DOC

Download:
Video 8 – Logline Presentation – Karin Williams

Transcript:
Video 8 Transcript PDF
Video 8 Transcript Word DOC

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Finding a Team and Top Tips (21 mins)

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:06 Collaborating
11:53 How to pitch your idea to a producer you’d like to work with
17:30 Top tips

Contributors:
Emmett Skilton, Dianne Taylor, Karin Williams, Shoshana McCallum, Jaimee Poipoi, Sophie Henderson, Robyn Grace, Morgan Leigh Stewart, Marina McCartney, Alex Lovell and Hamish Bennett

Transcript:
Video 9 Transcript PDF
Video 9 Transcript Word DOC

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