Four first-time film directors have been selected for support through the Wide Angle Tasmania’s short film initiative NERVE 2018. The aim of NERVE is to produce high quality films on a small budget to showcase emerging talent and provide a pathway to industry. This year four filmmakers have been selected, all directing their first funded film: Mick Lowenstein – Little Beauty, Victoria Bremner – Printed in Ink, George Underwood – Karen and Alex Laird – Tabernacle.
Victoria Bremner (23) of Hobart has teamed up with Producer Patrick Foster (21) to produce Printed in Ink- a romantic comedy about an unexpected office affair – that questions whether intimate relationships can only be forged between humans. Bremner and Foster have co-written the script and are now working with internationally renowned Script Editor Karel Segers to perfect the script ahead of production in September.
Since 2008, Wide Angle Tasmania has helped dozens of Tasmanian screen practitioners to create their first funded short film through this highly successful model of mentoring, training and support. Opportunities to learn through doing are vital for directors, contributing to strong career outcomes. Shaun Wilson (currently directing Rosehaven series 3) directed his first funded short film Henry Finn through this initiative in 2008. Other alumni include Vivien Mason (now studying an MA in ‘Digital Storytelling’ at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London) and Rebecca Thomson (award winning director of the webseries Women of the Island).
The four films produced in 2018 will be between 5 and 10 minutes in length. Wide Angle Tasmania helps filmmakers take their idea from script, through each stage of production, to a finished film ready for national and international festival release by December 2018.
Each filmmaker will receive a package valued at over $30 000 that includes;
• mentoring from an experienced screen industry practitioner
• advice through the script editing process
• $3 000 cash budget
• free enrolment in relevant WAT training
• $7 500 value of production and post production equipment hire from WAT
• insurances for the film and volunteer cast and crew
• a colour grade and sound mix provided by a post-production studio
• a gala launch of the films
Bremner and Foster are participating as part of a Youth Arts Project, assisted through Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts. State Growth have also supported NERVE by contributing funds to employ nationally recognized script editors and mentor producers for Little Beauty and Tabernacle.
WAT Executive Director Abi Binning said that she was pleased with the diversity of the stories and the commitment of the filmmakers to see their work on the big and small screens. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for untried filmmakers to get a break into the film industry. NERVE is the only short film funding available in Tasmania and has shown that it is a really successful model of training – the films from previous years have been selected for prestigious film festivals including Flickerfest, St Kilda, Frameline and other international film festivals. Previous recipients of NERVE have continued their film careers and attracted support from Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania, built screen businesses and selected for film schools nationally.”