Screenwriting: Writing for Film, TV and Online

10:00 AM, Friday 30 May 2014
The Cube, ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
Federation Square Melbourne

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Exploring the process of writing for television and film, this masterclass will be led by leaders in each field, offering direct insight into crafting a script for screen-based production. From developing core script-writing skills and shaping effective narrative structure, to practical guides for transitioning from short films to features, experimenting with web series and supporting yourself in your emerging career. Participants will be guided through the steps of developing their writing for the screen, and will gain an understanding of other written formats crucial to pitching a film.

Featuring Grant Scicluna, Jonathan auf der Heide, Eloise Ross, John Pace, Beth King, Mithila Gupta, Steinar Ellingsen, Kate McLennan, Rochelle Siemienowicz and more. Hosted by Beatrix Coles.

Co-presented with ACMI and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.


10am: Bridging the Gap

How do you navigate the feature world after you’ve made an award-winning short? Jonathan Auf Der Heide (Van Diemen’s Land) and Grant Scicluna (The Wilding) discuss festivals, navigating the funding process and that elusive first feature credit.

11.15am: From Screen to Screen

Eloise Ross (La Trobe University, Screening the Past) and Rochelle Siemienowicz (SBS, Kill Your Darlings) talk writing about film, working as a critic, the importance of an online profile and the joy of the Media Screening.

12.30: Making It Work

It’s very nice to be able to say you’re a screenwriter- but making it work financially is a whole other matter. Screenwriters John Pace, Beth King, and Mithila Gupta get together to chat funds, funding and how to ask the hard questions ie what do I get paid?

1.45: Working for the Web

Is a web series the new spec script? Steinar Ellingsen (The Inland Sea, Melbourne Web Fest) and Kate McLennan (Bleak) talk getting online, and more importantly, getting seen.

3.00: The Options with Options

Getting a work optioned sounds like a dream- but it seems a lot of films get lost in translation. Producers Sue Maslin and Jannine Barnes will talk about what they look for in a property, their expectations about the role of the writer and the nuts and bolts of how it all happens.


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