Screenworks Travelator Series: Developing a Concept

Do you have a film or television concept you want to develop, get funded and bring to market? 

Screenworks Travelator Series is a 3 stage program designed to support early career creatives take their projects from early concept through development and to seek market interest.  Three one day workshops will be held in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and include:

Stage 1: Developing a Concept – Sept 6th

Stage 2: Pitching and Funding – Oct 25th

Stage 3: Accessing International Opportunities – Nov 29th

Plus – up to 6 participants will be selected in Stage 1 to be mentored on the development of their concept through the program opportunities.

DEVELOPING A CONCEPT

Friday 6th Sept | 9.30am – 4.30pm
Lennox Head Community Centre

Documentary Producer Catherine Scott (Backtrack Boys) and Drama Producer Bridget Callow-Wright (The Butterfly Tree) will share advice and guide participants through the process for developing documentary and drama screen content ideas to point where they are ready to attract development funding and market investors.

The guest speakers will each deliver a ½ day workshop on their area of specialty. Their workshops will be followed by pre-booked one-on-one meetings with participants who can pitch to receive 8 weeks of mentoring from one of the guest speakers.

One-on-one meetings with Bridget are now fully booked.  There are a few spaces available with Catherine Scott.  When you book your ticket to Developing a Concept you will be sent an email on how to book a meeting with Catherine.

In the Documentary section, Catherine Scott will cover:

  • Identifying and finding the story, central conflict and characters
  • Applying dramatic story structure to documentary filmmaking
  • Understanding industry opportunity – knowing how and where to research
  • The importance of audience
  • The importance of your team
  • Where to next

In the Drama section, Bridget Callow-Wright will cover

  • How to identify and understand industry opportunity – knowing how and where to research
  • What to include in a project outline
  • Treatments and mini bible
  • Script drafts
  • The importance of audience
  • The importance of your team
  • Where to next


Mentoring

Each of the guest speakers will select up to 3 participants from the Developing a Concept workshop to mentor over an 8 week period.

The mentors will provide their selected participants with advice and guidance on project development, helping them to prepare their projects to a point where they could apply for development funding and pitch to seek market interest.

Included in the mentoring:

  • Three phone calls with the mentees
  • 2 calls between Screenworks Developing a Screen Concept Workshop on Sept 6 and Screenworks Funding and Pitching Workshop Oct 25th.
  • 1 follow up phone call after the Funding and Pitching Workshop and before the Accessing International Opportunities Workshop Nov 29th.

The fee for 3 mentoring sessions would normally be $300, but it has been subsidised by Create NSW and will be offered to selected participants at the rate of $150 per participant.

To apply for a mentoring session Developing A Concept ticket holders must book a one-on-one meeting with one of the guest speakers.

One on One Meetings

All one-on-ones are now fully booked. To apply to be mentored you are requried to upload a 1 page pitch document that includes your project details, your intended audience and platform, the stage of development that your project is at and what you are seeking from a mentor.

Once you purchase a ticket we will send you a link to upload your pitch.

Applications close 9am Monday 2nd Sept.

 

Guest Speakers

Bridget Callow-Wright – Producer, Midwinter

Bridget is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television. Commercially savvy and creatively spirited, Bridget loves to nurture story tellers with exceptional vision to push boundaries and take risks in their work.

Bridget is the head of Jungle Entertainment’s new feature film division, expanding on their suite of premium comedy and drama productions for television. Jungle Entertainment is one of Australia’s most successful television production companies, with currently three shows on air in the US.

Under her own production company Midwinter Films (which she retains for select producing projects), Bridget has produced three award winning theatrical feature films sold around the world and premiering at top tier film festivals (Toronto, Tribeca, Rotterdam). Her latest film The Butterfly Tree was awarded Best Film and Best Actress at CAIFF, was nominated for 3 AACTAS and starred Melissa George (The Slap), Ewen Leslie (The Cry) and Ed Oxenbould (Wildlife). The Butterfly Treepremiered internationally at Toronto International Film Festival.

Bridget has a wide network of international and local financing and producing partners, in-depth knowledge of the international content marketplace, and an extensive creative producing skillset. Most recently she produced a Christmas special of the award-winning series No Activity for STAN, BBC Studios and Jungle Entertainment, directed by Trent O’Donnell (The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl), the Canneseries award winner short form series Over And Out.

Catherine Scott – Producer, Infinity Films

Catherine has worked as a documentary filmmaker for over 20 years. She was Senior Producer SBS Dateline and more recently as a freelance video journalist for the program.

Catherine has been a director and producer on documentaries broadcast internationally including SBS TV, ABC TV, CBC Canada, PBS Television, Channel 4, Arte and France 2. Her credits include Producer – Unconquered – The Invictus Games (ABC TV) Shooter Producer – Not everyone Wants a Goat –Foreign Correspondent (ABC TV) Producer, Being Me – Four Corners (ABC TV), Director/Co-producer of Scarlet Road(SBS TV) Director/Co-writer of Selling Sickness (SBS TV) and Director/Co-producer of the Walkley Award-winning Business Behind Bars and Profits of Punishment (SBS TV).

Catherine was a member of the Paper Tiger TV collective co-producing over 30 productions including Breathless and Drawing the Line at Pittston. Catherine was also co-producer/director for Deep Dish TV including Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?, The Last Graduation, Lock Down USA and The Gulf Crisis TV Project

Screenworks Travelator Series is made possible with support from Create NSW

 

Published on August 12, 2019 12:58 pm