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.”
Today marks the second anniversary of the announcement that Wide Angle Tasmania was saved from closure after a generous donation from a group committed to encouraging new Australian filmmakers.
To celebrate, Wide Angle Tasmania has launched WAT SHARES – an online platform for filmmakers todevelop film projects, build businesses and learn new screen skills.
Since its foundation in 2005 Wide Angle Tasmania has provided essential skills training, production opportunities and advice to thousands of screen practitioners in the state. It has enabled the screening of hundreds of Tasmanian films to national and local audiences and offered Tasmania’s only comprehensive production equipment hire service.
In October 2015 Wide Angle announced it would shut its doors following the withdrawal of Screen Australia funding. State Government agency Screen Tasmania was unable to make up the shortfall caused by the loss of Federal Government funding.
The generosity of Wide Angle’s benefactors has provided the operational support and stability for Wide Angle To continue serving the Tasmanian screen sector. Over the past two years, Wide Angle Tasmania has expanded their services:
- Established Tasmania’s Centre for Screen in South Hobart - a dedicated space for making and watching screen content - with a 70-seat cinema, screening room and library
- supported 17 mentored screen production opportunities, with $72,000 in cash budgets, $50,000 value of equipment hires, resulting in 3 hours of screen content and 410 screen credits to Tasmanian cast and crew
- provided professional development to 892 participants
Wide Angle Tasmania’s newest initiative is WAT SHARES - a time bank for Tasmanian filmmakers to trade their skills and experience. 29 filmmakers have already joined the interactive platform – offering more than 65 hours to help other practitioners learn new skills, develop their project and build their business.
Wide Angle Tasmania created this platform to increase opportunities, encourage mentoring and build the creative, professional and business capacity of Tasmanian screen practitioners – without the constraints of money.
Executive Director, Abi Binning said that this type of program was an opportunity for filmmakers to connect and share.
“WAT SHARES has been devised to capitalise on the Tasmanian screen sector's greatest strength - our people. We are a community of innovative, generous and ambitious makers who already share our time and resources with incredible generosity. WAT SHARES helps to formalise, broaden and strengthen this informal network. It also addresses some of the key challenges and barriers that exist for many filmmakers.”
Inspired by the many time-banking initiatives around the world that trade time, rather than money, the pilot stage of WAT SHARES has been supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund with additional investment from Wide Angle Tasmania.
Further enquiries and interview requests: Abi Binning, Director - Wide Angle Tasmania
This weekend, Wide Angle Tasmania celebrates the opening of Tasmania’s centre for screen. Since opening in 2005, Wide Angle Tasmania has been the first point of contact for the Tasmanian screen industry - providing production opportunities, training, mentorship and filmmaking equipment to thousands of Tasmanian filmmakers.Read more
Wide Angle Tasmania responded to Screen Tasmania's invitation for feedback on the agency's Draft program guidelines with the following submission provided on August 21, 2017.Read more
Appearance at The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts Hearing
Abi Binning, Executive Director of Wide Angle Tasmania appeared today at the public hearing of The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts to speak to the submission made jointly with the Media Resource Centre to the Inquiry into factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian Film and Television industry.
We were pleased to have the opportunity to highlight our concern that Australia cannot create a thriving screen industry unless it provides opportunities from storytellers from across the breadth of Australia to participate. We called for a policy and strategy which allows new skills and new regional voices to enter the market. The full submission is included below.Read more