So, you want to be a producer?
Creative producers make it happen – they bring stories to life; they are first on and last off and everything in between – good producers engender and inspire creative excellence and strong collaborations that deliver world-class work that stands the test of time.
Without producers, creative works stay in bottom drawers… so, investing in the professional development and upskilling of New Zealand’s producing capacity is crucial to a robust and sustainable screen industry. A key training ground for equipping emerging producers
with the skills and tools to progress into feature films is by producing a short film.
This six-day programme (split over two three-day workshops) is designed for emerging producers who are committed to, or tracking towards, making their first short films and ultimately working as feature film producers. Its purpose is to provide participants with a thorough overview of the skills and knowledge base required to effectively produce short films at a professional level.
The Emerging Producers’ Intensive is programmed and presented by highly experienced producers Sue Maslin and Charlotte Seymour of Film Art Media.
Sue Maslin (AO) is one of Australia’s most successful film, television, and digital content producers with a track record of creating award-winning feature and documentary films including the box office hit, The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet. Sue is a highly experienced course leader in Creative Producing and serves as Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. As the main course lecturer of the NZFC’s A – Z of Producing, Sue is well-known to the New Zealand industry.
Charlotte Seymour is a fiction and non-fiction producer with over 20 years of screen industry experience. As Program Operations Manager at Screen Australia, she was engaged in working with assessors and applicants in the delivery of all of Screen Australia’s funding programs. As a freelance consultant, she has delivered documentary and drama workshops for emerging First Nation’ creative teams. Most recently she facilitated a four week-long intensive producing workshop for Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department to develop 10 emerging indigenous producers from across Australia.
From an open call for applicants to the WIFT and SPADA memberships, 20 people will be selected to participate in this programme. Although there is no obligation, it is intended that successful applicants will agree to make their contact details available to emerging key creatives searching for a producer to work with, particularly if they intend to apply for short film funding. You will also have expressed a
commitment to produce at least one film for each of the following two years.
To get the most from this course you must have a short film script (less than 15 minutes including credits in duration).
Dates/timings for workshops (2022):
Workshop 1: 29 Apr – 1 May (9AM – 5.30PM each day)
Workshop 2: 6-8 May (9AM – 5.30PM each day)
Venue: Click Studios, Building 55, 145 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert (south end of the Unitec site)
Fee: WIFT and SPADA members $287.50 incl GST (lunch included)
Note: Travel assistance will be available for participants from outside the Auckland region
Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 30 September 2021
To apply please email a single page with your best pitch outlining why you should be included in this course, together with a copy of your current C.V. to WIFT NZ
Successful applicants will be advised by Friday 15 October 2021.
This programme has been funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.
Events & Community
** Current in person events are suspended due to COVID-19 **
New Zealand AR/VR Community Meetup – 4th Wednesday of every month – Tickets
13 August 2021 – UserXD Presentation on UX Strategy
12 August 2021 – Click Studios Morning Tea and Networking
30 July 2021 – Four Kings One War Official Launch Party
25 June 2021 – Click Studios Second Building Official Opening
18 June 2021 – Tabletop Gaming Playtesting
5 May 2021 – Screen industry: get in on the game development action!
6 Mar 2020 – Auckland Location Managers’ Course
9 Feb 2020 (9:30am – 11:00am) – Creative Tech Industry Morning Tea Networking
14 Sept 2020 – Click Studios Opening
2 Dec 2020 – NZ XR Summit
2 Dec 2020 – Click Studios Official Opening
19 Dec 2020 – We Love VR!
24 March 2020 – Click Studios Morning Tea / Networking
24 March 2020 – Creative Casting – Presented by Miranda Rivers & Tina Cleary (The Casting Company)