WAT SHARES is a time bank for Tasmanian filmmakers to trade their skills and experience.
Wide Angle Tasmania has 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.
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 that includes:
- highly credited and experienced producers, directors and writers based in Tasmania who create internationally recognised works
- a brains-trust of semi-retired industry filmmakers with a wealth of experience in screen agencies, production companies and specialist technical roles
- a strong and innovative group of small production companies and sole traders who are creating Tasmanian screen stories while generating income from varied activities inside and outside the screen sector
- a large pool of practitioners making screen content for purposes that fall outside economic return – including creative fulfillment, activism, art and leisure
- a larger pool of talent drawn from the broader creative sector that supports screen creation in the state – including experienced and talented actors.
Our screen community already shares their 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:
- We have a highly skilled group of screen practitioners experiencing underemployment, with little capital to build businesses, invest in professional development or fund their film productions.
- Filmmakers live in all areas of the state and are often not well-connected to other practitioners. Those fresh out of school or newly arrived in Tasmania need to build new networks in the screen community.
- Many practitioners are reluctant to ask for help unless they can offer payment in return. They may not recognise that the skills they have (social media savvy, energy, enthusiasm, driving, cooking etc.) are valued by those with greater screen experience.
Wide Angle Tasmania's mission is to encourage, develop and support Tasmanian screen practitioners. Time-banking has demonstrable success at building professional networks, stimulating economic activity and increasing confidence and well-being at an individual and collective level (ECHO Impact report 2016). WAT SHARES is a new model for Wide Angle Tasmania to deliver screen practitioner development and create a more self-sustaining Tasmanian screen community.
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.