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.