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About Story Camp


Story Camp Aotearoa is a residential feature film workshop that fosters craft, voice and vision. Eight selected screenwriters or creative teams workshop their projects with exceptional international and local advisors in a rigorous five-day experience designed specifically to meet the development needs of their feature film project. 

Story sessions between advisors and participants form the backbone of the week. The process can also include project-based group workshops; workshopping with actors; packaging and casting strategy; strengthening and clarifying the directors’ vision; directing performance; and making good decisions together under pressure. Advisors will be secured to meet the project requirements and will include those with writing craft, production, business and creative expertise. 

Past advisors have included revolutionary Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), renowned director and writer Jane Campion (Top of the Lake, The Piano), producer and director Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, The Breaker Upperers, Waru), filmmaker & Artistic Director of the Sundance Directors’ Lab Gyula Gazdag, Hollywood writer & longstanding Sundance mentor Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), playwright, screenwriter and director Briar Grace-Smith (The Strength of Water, Waru), EP and producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix trilogy, Tomorrow When The War Began), writer/actor Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), dramaturg and story consultant Brita McVeigh, Academy Award and BAFTA winning screenwriter David Seidler (The Kings Speech), Australian producer Kath Shelper (Samson & Delilah, Tender), actor/writer/director Loren Taylor (Eagle vs Shark), and legendary US screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us and Nashville). 

 

 

Sophie Henderson, Writer/Actor - FilmUp Participant

"Thank you for connecting me with the industry both here and in Australia. I have a greater understanding of the business of writing having met with Alice (Bell) every week and the importance of having 'product' as a writer. "

Michael Bennett, Writer/Director/Author - Hokianga Film Project Mentor

"The projects that Script to Screen does and the reason I'm so gung-ho enthusiastic about them is; it's about accessing people whose stories just don't make it on screen. It's giving people skills to tell stories for the screen. Giving new voices and new stories the potential to become films"

Armagan Ballantyne, Director - FilmUp Participant

"Being a part of FilmUp was incredibly inspiring, connecting with fellow filmmakers on a deep level and having the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor, provided great filmmaking stimulation."

Jeremiah Tauamiti, Writer/Director - FilmUp and South Shorts Participant

"Script to Screen has been really, really helpful for me. They really gave me the confidence to be able to first of all do basic things like describe an idea, pitch an idea. It was there that everything started rolling for me as a filmmaker and it presented a safe environment for me"

Quianna Titore, Writer/Director - Hokianga Film Project Participant

"Script to Screen can connect to the outer regions, to these little regions such as Whirinaki and Kaikohe, where opportunities like these can still be given to kids that don't quite have these opportunities. I am really thankful for what Script to Screen has done for me and who I've been working with."

Tim van Dammen, Producer/Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

"Oftentimes we feel like satellites, not really sure what else or who else is out there and what's going on. Script to Screen has these programs that sort of bring you together and put you in touch with people more experienced than you and on the similar level to you in terms of what they're up to and you can sort of form relationships with them, and just feel like there are people you can talk to out there, which is nice."

Chelsie Preston Crayford, Actor/Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

“For an artist, this level of empowerment and support is rare and utterly invaluable. The programme carefully facilitates the most magical sense of community, inspiration and support. The hub days are a taonga. Do yourself a solid and apply.”

Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa, Producer/Writer/Director - Strength in Numbers and FilmUp Participant in Numbers Participant

"It really gave me a really good grounding for the future in terms of how to consolidate both my business, in terms of the production company, and future projects and how to go about doing it and being much more clinical about how to run a business without compromising the artistic side of it."

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Writer/Director - FilmUp Participant

"FilmUp LITERALLY changed my life. It gave me some real perspective on storytelling and helped me figure out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it."

Gaby Solomona, Actor/Writer/Producer - South Shorts Participant

"This programme [South Shorts] not only opened the door for me to discover my skills as a writer but also gave me the confidence to know that I can actually do this, anyone can. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity"

Julia Parnell, Producer - FilmUp and Strength in Numbers Participant

"The insights and inspiration I have received have been exponentially more beneficial than I ever imagined."

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