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Writer's Room

First Features on a Shoestring – Discussing Escalator

calendar EVENT: 2 SEPTEMBER 2014, 7:30-8:30PM, THE CLASSIC

Writer/directors Max Currie, Paolo Rotondo, Guy Pigden and Gerard Johnstone talk to producer Tui Ruwhiu about how being part of the Escalator scheme shaped and changed their filmmaking process on their debut feature films... Read more
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Off-Script: Creating Drama Through Improvisation with Robert Marchand

Australian director and academic Robert Marchand talks to story advisor and acting coach Brita McVeigh about the relationship between filmmakers and actors in the process of character-based improvisation.... Read more
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Short Film Lab 2014: Call for Applications!

NEWS: 4 AUGUST 2014

Script to Screen and Show Me Shorts are now calling for applications for the 2014 Short Film Lab. Six participants will be selected to workshop their short film ideas (or short film scripts) during the full-day lab hosted by the University of Auckland in November.... Read more
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Writer's Room

Debut Synergy: Housebound

calendar EVENT: 29 JULY 2014, WINTERGARDEN, CIVIC THEATRE, FREE

Join us for a special NZ International Film Festival Writers' Room with Housebound's writer, director and editor Gerard Johnstone and producer Luke Sharpe as they delve into the challenges of writing and making of this stellar debut feature... Read more
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In Conversation with David Seidler

calendar EVENT: 6 JULY 2014, AUT, AUCKLAND, 4-5PM

Script to Screen and the NZ Writers' Guild are proud to present screenwriter Fiona Samuel in conversation with Academy-award winning screenwriter David Seidler (The King's Speech).... Read more
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Making What We Do in the Shadows

calendar EVENT: 26 JUNE 2014

Multiple Emmy-nominee Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle Vs Shark) and writer/director Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle Vs Shark) meet with actor/producer Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Boy) to discuss co-writing, co-directing and starring in their latest and closest collaboration, What We Do in the Shadows.... Read more
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Six writers chosen for Writers’ Lab Aotearoa!

NEWS: 29 MAY 2014

Congratulations to the six talented writers that have been chosen to take part in our first Writers' Lab... Read more
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‘Making a Web Series’ Workshops – Dunedin/Invercargill

calendar EVENT: 14 JUNE to 15 JUNE, DUNEDIN, INVERCARGILL

Come and hear creator/director Kiel McNaughton and creator/producer Kerry Warkia discuss the creative possibilities of the web series format.... Read more
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Best direction: What actors need from directors

calendar EVENT: 27 MAY 2014, AUCKLAND

Join us to hear actors Tandi Wright, Jarod Rawiri and Stephen Lovatt discuss what they have learnt about the director/actor relationship and what helps engender their best performances.... Read more
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Transitioning from play to screenplay – it’s not just a ‘cut and paste’

FEATURE: 11 MAY 2014

For the March 2014 Writer's Room, a panel of actor/writers working across both film and theatre discussed how their theatrical backgrounds have influenced the way they approach the art of writing for the large and small screen.... Read more
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VIDEO – In Conversation with Helen Bowden

FEATURE: 1 MAY 2014

Kiwi-born producer Helen Bowden to producer Philippa Campbell about her experience developing high-end television drama in Australia ... Read more
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VIDEO – Keeping it Fresh – Theatre Voices in Screen

FEATURE: 30 APRIL 2014

Actor/ playwright/ screenwriters Tom Sainsbury, Sophie Henderson, and Jackie Van Beek discuss working across mediums in the film industry with Rachel House.... Read more
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VIDEO – Are Web Series the Future? (Auckland)

FEATURE: 12 NOVEMBER 2013

For our August Writer's Room we were joined by the makers of two successful locally produced web-series: Flat 3 and The Factory. They explore the viability of the web TV format, avenues for funding, the pros of writing for a shorter format and building an audience.... Read more
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VIDEO – Making Beyond the Edge

FEATURE: 12 NOVEMBER 2013

Hillary’s successful ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 is one of NZ’s most important and iconic stories, and in 2013 the story went to the big screen for the first time. Beyond the Edge, was released on 24 Oct, and is NZ’s first 3D film. It also had record international presales.... Read more
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VIDEO – Making Super City II

FEATURE: 12 NOVEMBER 2013

In an era when more and more actors branch into writing and directing their own work, we look closely at this collaboration between some of NZs best acting/writing talent. What is the relationship between acting and writing? And how does the writing process change when you are creating characters for yourself to play?... Read more