Screenworks, in collaboration with Screen Australia and the Gender Matters Taskforce, is excited to be hosting a series of five webinars covering a cross-section of the screen sector – screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking and Heads of Department/crew roles and will showcase women working across the Australian screen sector.
Launched on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day 2021 , the webinars are aimed at early-career female and gender diverse practitioners, especially those who are regionally-based and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are keen to connect with women from across Australia.
Fundamentally, these webinars will form part of the journey towards delivering the broader industry systemic change that is needed to achieve gender parity in the screen sector.
Each webinar will have a bespoke format to ensure the greatest benefits to registered attendees. The webinars will feature producers, directors, screenwriters, documentary filmmakers and HOD/crew who work in many different genres across TV, features and online. They will discuss their roles, career pathways into the industry and how the methods of content creation differ across the various genres and formats. Registered attendees will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the speakers and ask questions during the sessions.
Registration is open for 4 weeks for the following webinars:
PRODUCING – Thursday 22 April
DIRECTING – Thursday 29 April
SCREENWRITING – Thursday 6 May
DOCUMENTARY – Thursday 13 May
HOD/CREW – Thursday 20 May
Up to five producers with business and creative backgrounds will discuss the topic of ‘How to take a production from Concept to Finance’ and lead the audience through the steps of how to develop and finance a show or film. The webinar will illustrate different ways to break into the industry, and promote understanding of all the pieces needed to get a production up, including how broadcasters/platforms operate. Expected duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Up to five directors from the different mediums of online, TV and features will discuss their own pathways into the industry and their experience working across different formats. Viewers will learn about the process of shooting, how it differs (or not) between mediums and the different approaches to breaking into the industry. Expected duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
A group of experienced writers from a range of screen genres and formats will showcase a series of case studies designed to give a detailed understanding and knowledge of different writing-related roles in the industry. Using examples drawn from the current film and TV landscape, this webinar will bring to life the scope of the writer’s role across all forms of screenwriting. Expected duration: 2 -3 hours
Up to five documentary directors/producers from different mediums of online, TV and features will discuss their own pathways into the industry and their experience working across different formats. Webinar viewers will learn about the process of shooting, how it differs between mediums and the different approaches to breaking into the industry. Expected duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
HEADS OF DEPARTMENT/CREW ROLES
A series of round tables will take place for each HOD (Camera, Sound, Art, HMU etc). An experienced representative for each department will host their own breakout room. Every half-hour, approx. 8 participants will rotate out and new ones will come in for the next session. Each HOD will talk about their roles and answer questions from the group. Roundtable attendees will increase knowledge of all the different departments that work together on a production with attendees learning from and connecting with experienced professional HODs and crew.
More speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.