workshops, masterclasses & courses

Wide Angle Tasmania provides a range of training courses, workshops, seminars and masterclasses designed to assist you enter the screen industry, extend your skills or consolidate your practice.  We also provide information here about workshops, masterclasses and courses that may be of interest to those wanting to improve their craft and business skills in the screen sector.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM through August 28, 2017 · $220.00 AUD · 12 rsvps
    Wide Angle Tasmania in South Hobart, Australia

    CREATING SCREEN STORIES: Producing in Tasmania


    This workshop explores the opportunities and challenges of creating screen stories in Tasmania.  Over two days, participants will: 

    • reflect on the core values that drive them to create screen stories
    • explore the skills required to lead a creative team
    • canvas strategies to connect and collaborate with audiences – from the very start of a project
    • consider the possibilities and approaches for financing and resourcing screen projects 

    The workshop is designed for creative entrepreneurs - the key driver of the screen project who gathers talent, resources and audiences to turn an idea into a reality.

    It will benefit:

    • producers seeking a clearer vision of their role and direction
    • filmmakers (including directors, actors, writers and crew) who are the creative entrepreneurs of screen projects

    Through a combination of case-studies, discussion and demonstration, Catherine Pettman will break down the skills and attitudes that underpin producing in Tasmania.

    • Working as a creative entrepreneur and demonstrating leadership
    • Attracting talent and creative collaboration
    • Connecting with audiences
    • Creating content through collaboration with audiences
    • Partnering finances and resources with your project
    • Being flexible and driving opportunity

    When: 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday August 26 & Sunday August 27
    Where:  South Hobart
    Cost: $220 for WAT members, $260 for non-members

    Tutor Bio - Catherine Pettman
    Catherine Pettman is a creative producer working across documentary, drama and live events. After training as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts, Catherine began her career in front of the camera but was lured to the other side as opportunity beckoned. She took on a variety of production roles in everything from TVCs to music videos, from short films to educational videos, until making the leap to full-time producing in 2009. Catherine's credits during her time as Head of Production at Roar Film from 2012 to 2014 include: producing Songlines of the Moonbird for Aboriginal Educational Services, an animation with accompanying epub; production managing a feature documentary-drama The First Fagin; and co-producing the groundbreaking Vandemonian Lags, a musical with an all-star cast led by Tim Rogers which was digitally simulcast and released in feature film format. In 2015 she co-founded Rummin Productions, specialising in cinematic documentary, narrative video and digital media projects. Rummin's most recent credit is the acclaimed short documentary, Doing It Scared, which is touring the world as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Telluride Mountain Film Festival. Catherine is currently in post-production on the explosive feature documentary GUNNS: The life and death of a rogue corporation. She's also co-creating the Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania funded feature film project The Motel at the End of the World, with writer/director Briony Kidd, and mentor Rolf de Heer. Catherine's slate of projects is diverse, reflecting her belief that story should dictate form and not the other way around. She has a particular interest in environmental and social themes, and her work is often about communicating the beauty and complex history of her home, Tasmania, to national audiences and to the world. 

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Wide Angle Tasmania

    In Conversation with Tasmanian Screen Producers


    What does an independent screen producer do?  What can we learn about the relationship between creativity and business from three of Tasmania’s finest producers? 

    You are invited to an ‘In Conversation’ with Tasmanian screen producers Alicia Rackett (Blue Rocket Productions), Steve Thomas (Roar Film) and Molly Reynolds (Vertigo Productions). 

    Working across a range of genres including animation, drama, documentary and interactive, these producers connect with audiences on a variety of platforms (online, installation, broadcast and festivals).  Our panel will reflect on their practice to explore the skills, attitudes and processes that have helped shape their careers and businesses.  Join us to gain an insight into the world of creative entrepreneurs.

    When: Saturday August 26th, 2017 - 7pm – 8.30pm
    Followed by an opportunity to network  
    Where: 6 Washington St, South Hobart TAS 7004
    Cost: Free for WAT Members
    $5 for Non Members - Pay at the Door



    Alicia Rackett is an award winning producer of broadcast animation, interactive and mobile media. Since co-founded Blue Rocket Productions in 1999, Alicia has produced 18 animated television series including 10 international co-productions and has programming broadcast in over 120 countries. Her interactive and multi-platform credits include award winning websites for kids, mobile series and online extensions to leading Australian television drama series. Most recently, Alicia produced Fanshaw & Crudnut, a kids’ animated telemovie and 52 episode TV series for the Nine Network and was a co-producer on Little J and Big Cuz, an animated TV series produced by Ned Lander for NITV. Alicia holds a Graduate Diploma in Screen Business (AFTRS) and a Bachelor of Built Environment (Landscape Architecture) from QUT.

    Molly Reynolds specializes in screen-based storytelling and digital media production. When she isn’t earning a living as a consultant in the digital sphere, she makes documentaries, including “Still Our Country,” “What Makes Me,” and “Twelve Canoes.” She has extensive management and consultancy experience including with the NSW, NT and SA state governments, the AFTRS, the AFC and Film Australia. Other roles have included General Manager with Beyond Online and producing, designing and creating content and policy across platforms at the ABC. Molly has taught as an adjunct professor and is a published industry commentator/broadcaster. She has an MA in Commercial Law and an MA in Media Arts & Production and has worked in print media (Australian Consolidated Press) and radio (2SER FM, ABC Radio).

    Steve Thomas is a producer and director whose work encompasses broadcast and online documentary, interpretive and educational multimedia, drama and theatre. His broadcast credits include Kanalaritja (2017), Death or Liberty Cinema and TV Series (2016), Hunt for the Tasmanian Tiger Series (2015), Skullbone Plains (2014), Holy Switch Series (2014), Vandemonian Lags Cinema (2013), First Fagin (2013), Bali High Wedding (2013), Portrait of a Distant Land Series (2012), The Mission Series (2010), Alive and Kicking Series (2008), Real Life Water Rats Series (2007), The Fishermen (2006), Shacks Series (2004), The End of the Game (2001), Five Bells (2000) and The Pulp (1999)

    Major online projects include The Voyage online game, Crowther Diaries, Founders Storylines, Dust On My Shoes, From Wireless to Web, DIY Doco, Australian History Timeline and Five Bells.  He has also developed and produced major interactive online education modules for the London Grid for Learning and many Australian education organisations. His work has received numerous Australian and international commendations.

  • Saturday, September 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $110.00 AUD
    Wide Angle Tasmania in South Hobart, Australia

    LIGHT & SOUND: A Film and Video Masterclass


    LIGHT & SOUND: A Film and Video Masterclass 

    A one-day interactive masterclass for filmmakers and content producers with Peter Curtis (ACS) and Mike Gissing.

    Light and sound are the basic building blocks of film and video.  Together they create the mood and aesthetic of your film and direct the audience’s attention.  

    This masterclass will develop your understanding of how sound and light underpin your work, and show you how to plan for a successful indoor and outdoor shoot. 

    Through hands-on exercises and demonstration, you will

    • cover the fundamentals of lighting and sound
    • learn how to light and record interviews
    • plan a simple interior drama
    • explore the possibilities and pitfalls of shooting outdoors

    With a small group size, all participants will use a range of professional lights and sound recording devices, and explore readily available alternatives.

    The masterclass combines the talents and expertise of two industry professionals - Peter Curtis (ACS) and Mike Gissing.

    This masterclass is suitable for

    • Those wanting to improve their technical skills in sound and lighting
    • Directors and producers wanting to improve their technical understanding and communicate with crew more effectively
    • Photographers starting to work in video
    • Vloggers, journalists and those creating video for their workplace

    Information and bookings phone 03 6223 8344 or email

    Cost: $110 for WAT or ACS Members
             $140 for Non Members

    Maximum group size - 16... book tickets below now!

    Pete_Curtis.jpegPeter Curtis ACS 

    Peter has been a cinematographer and lighting director working in the television industry for over 30 years.  His career has largely been at the ABC. For most of his career Peter has worked in Tasmania, however he’s also been posted to ABC bureaux in Moscow, Jerusalem and Washington DC, covering major international news and events since 1992.

    Peters strengths are in documentary, magazine, current affairs, news, arts, rural and regional programs.  He’s also been involved in many short films produced through Wide Angle Tasmania. 

    Over the years Peter has won numerous awards for his cinematography, including two national ACS “Golden Tripod” awards in Documentary (cinema and TV) and News Magazine categories.

    Mike_Gissing_low_res.jpgMichael Gissing  

    Mike has been involved in broadcast, production and post production for over 40 years. His specialty is post production with nearly 1000 documentary sound tracks done and colour grade and online of over 100 broadcast programs.

    Mike's equipment specialty is the Fairlight audio systems and da Vinci Resolve picture software. Pre production to post production workflows are his forte. Michael has his own post production studio in Cygnet called Digital City Studios and is also producing and shooting his own documentaries.



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  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $88.00 AUD · 4 rsvps
    Digital City Studios in Cygnet, Australia

    Post Production Masterclass


    Join Michael Gissing at his new post-production studio and gain valuable insight to the constraints and possibilities of post-production... before you shoot!  Through demonstration and discussion, participants will hone their skills in colour grading and sound mixing.  The emphasis is on using accessible software and tools that filmmakers can use to finish their screen projects.

    When: 10am – 4pm Sunday, September 10
    Where: Digital City Studios, Cygnet.  (let us know if you are keen to car-pool!)
    Cost: WAT members $88, non-members $120 

    Who will benefit from attending?

    • Editors, sound recordists and cinematographers
    • Directors and producers
    • Those creating screen projects independently 


    Michael Gissing has been involved in broadcast, production and post production for over 40 years. His specialty is post production with nearly 1000 documentary sound tracks done and colour grade and online of over 100 broadcast programs. Equipment specialty is the Fairlight audio systems and da Vinci Resolve picture software. Pre production to post production workflows are his forte. Michael has his own post production studio in Cygnet called Digital City Studios and is also producing and shooting his own documentaries.


    Limited to ten participants.


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