In 2018 and 2019 Wide Angle provided Tasmanian screen practitioners with their first shot at production through our annual initiative NERVE.  Teams received a cash budget and Wide Angle support to go through the full process of making a short screen project. Previously called Raw Nerve, this model of mentoring, training and support aims to provide screen practitioners with their first experience of an industry standard production that will progress their career, educational and/or creative aspirations.

Three first-time film directors were 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 three filmmakers were selected, all directing their first funded film.  Click through for more information:  
Mick Lowenstein – Little Beauty
Victoria Bremner – Printed in Ink and
George Underwood - Karen

In NERVE 2019, the filmmakers and films supported included:
Jeff Kirkland - RED
Ursula Woods - Clockumentary
Sam Tooker - Shake & Dance

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).

Each filmmaker receives 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 participated 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, Karen, Shake & Dance, RED and Clockumentary.

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