Strength in Numbers is a pioneering programme focused on building sustainable businesses in our screen industry. Selected filmmakers participate in a series of workshops run by Script to Screen and led by David Court.
David founded Compton School, an Australian-based business school for creative people, is the former Head of Screen Business at AFTRS, and worked on the Jackson/Court review of the New Zealand Film Commission.
The workshops will arm selected participants with the tools they need to build a sustainable business in the screen industry.
The programme offers a unique opportunity for practitioners in the screen industry to work together on the building blocks of business models that will sustain their future and ultimately shape the industry itself. Strength in Numbers aims to cultivate a super smart community of business people in the screen industry that support each other over time.
Selected participants will have a proven track record that demonstrates considerable talent and tenacity in their field, projects in development, and a screen industry business already underway to work on.
The programme will be delivered in four intensive workshops from February to June 2022 and two 90 minute online sessions between workshops. Each participant will also get a one-on-one session with David Court as their business plan takes shape. The programme will comprise of a mix of instruction, interactive discussion, case
Past participants in the programme included some of New Zealand’s most exciting producers, including those who brought us Juniper, Coming Home In The Dark, The Justice of Bunny King, Creamery, Kura, The Panthers, Savage, Bellbird, James & Isey, Reunion, Jojo Rabbit and Loading Docs.
COVID 19 contingency
David Court is based in Australia and if New Zealand’s borders are closed he may not be able to attend the workshops in person. If this is the case, the intent is to bring all the participants together in Auckland for the workshops and each workshop will have an online aspect with presentations and activities/exercises set by David who will be online. There will also be in-person speakers. An important part of the programme is the coming together of participants and the relationships formed during the workshops. The 90-minute meetings between workshops and the one-on-one meetings with David will be held online.
If New Zealand is also in lockdown, which is unlikely as a large proportion of the population will be vaccinated by 2022, the entire programme will be taken online and the delivery dates may change, but the programme will still be delivered in the first half of 2022.