Workshop with Gavin McGibbon The Foundations of Story and Character

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

Great stories create an umbilical cord between the screen and the audience, where the audience feels everything that the character does. This workshop will look at the elements that you need to consider to build that level of engagement with your own stories.

Through writing exercises and watching clips, you will look at a wide range of aspects of story and character including how to hook an audience from the first moment they meet your protagonist, tips and tricks to making an audience connect with how your character feels, and ensuring that your stories don’t run out of momentum.

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

When: 9am – 5pm Saturday 27 August & 10am – 3pm Sunday 28 August
Where: Samoa House, 20 Beresford Square, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Who is it for? Anyone writing a feature film
Cost: General Admission $40.00 (incl. GST) via Eventbrite.


Gavin McGibbon was the Programme Leader of the MA Screenwriting programme at Liverpool John Moores University. He has worked as a development executive for the New Zealand Film Commission, taught playwriting at Victoria University of Wellington for the International Institute of Modern Letters, where he also works 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, now makes his living as a freelance screenwriter and has optioned films and tv series in the UK, as well as here in New Zealand. He is currently writing two feature films for Libertine Pictures.
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.

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






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