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: Seeking Market Interest – date TBC

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 meeting booking details will be available soon.

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 Seeking Market Interest Workshop (date TBC).

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

Booking details available soon.

Guest Speakers

Bridget Callow-Wright – Producer, Midwinter

Bridget Callow-Wright will draw on her experience as a successful producer of scripted narrative for film and as a Senior Lecturer in Producing at SAE to deliver a practical workshop on how to produce narrative content for film and television. Through case studies and examples of her work, she will cover processes and strategies on budgeting and funding, script development, casting, the production process and distribution.

Bridget is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television.

She most recently produced a special No Activity: The Night before Christmas for STAN and Jungle Entertainment, directed by Trent O’Donnell. Prior to that, she produced the theatrical feature film The Butterfly Tree written and directed by Priscilla Cameron, starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe. The Butterfly Tree premiered internationally at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for 3 AACTAS and was awarded Best Film and Best Actress at CAIFF.

Bridget is currently developing and financing a slate of feature and television projects under her own company Midwinter with a number of partners that include Jungle, XYZ, Field Theory and Whoa Flamingo. She is supported for development on these projects by Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

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 June 25, 2019 12:58 pm