Filming With COVID or Predicting the Unpredictable (WTN)

Filming With COVID or Predicting the Unpredictable (WTN)

Posted Thursday 25 Aug 2022

We're bringing you this very timely and topical workshop with the latest information and advice, stories and strategies for filming with COVID from those at the coal front.

Still fresh from their Queenstown locations, producers Michelle Turner and Lisa Chatfield will share their perspectives on the ongoing changes and flexibilities required when filming in 2022 - including management strategies, new production considerations (for catering, transport, accommodation, location selection etc), new budget lines, new layers of administration and the ripple effect a single production can have right across the industry.

We're also pleased to have  experienced public health professional Tui Shadbolt join the panel. Tui worked in disease prevention including infection control, outbreak investigation and Health and Food Safety compliance for more than 20 years prior to joining the GSR Rings of Power crew in 2020. Tui has now moved on to the Stonehenge project.

Supporting them on the panel is Vicki Jackways, who is also right across the stories from the front line as Special Projects Manager - Screen Recovery Fund with the NZFC.

Moderator: Robin Laing, Producer

  • Lisa Chatfield - Producer, One Lane Bridge
  • Michelle Turner - Producer, Under the Vines
  • Tui Shadbolt - COVID Manager, Rings of Power & Stonehenge

WIFT members free; non members $15 cash; includes drinks and nibbles.

Date: Thursday 25 August 2022
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6pm networking for 6:30pm start

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Date: Thursday 25 Aug 2022
Location: Taia Studios, 4 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start


Upcoming events...

Wednesday 12 Oct 2022

Story Sovereignty & Cultural Safety (AKL)

Having control over one’s stories and the right to determine the direction of these stories is an essential and ongoing korero. 

Some of the topics and questions the panel will explore are:

  • How can our industry centre the voices and concerns of Tangata Whenua, Tangata Moana, pan-Asian and other underserved groups?
  • How can our industry empower these groups in the storytelling space and ensure the protection of cultural, genealogical and spiritual capital?
  • How can we as an industry move beyond token representation onscreen and behind the camera to ensure meaningful collaboration?
  • What does cultural safety mean throughout all levels of the storytelling process?
  • What is Story Sovereignty and is there a collective understanding of what it is?

This is an important and multi-layered conversation which we hope will add to the discourse on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety.

Moderator: Marina Alofagia McCartney, Writer, Director, Academic (Samoa, England, Romani) 


Karen Te Ō Kahurangi WaakaPou Whakahaere - Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Producer (Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko). 
Karen Te O Kahurangi has extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues. In her current role she is implementing Te Rautaki Māori at the the NZFC, facilitating funding for Māori films and career development for Māori filmmakers. 

Dr. Shuchi Kothari, Writer, Producer, Co-founder Pan Asian Screen Collective, Academic (India).
Dr Shuchi Kothari's prolific output is characterised by the themes of inclusion and exclusion as well as power and privilege. She has written and/or produced several award winning films (Apron StringsFiraaq, Coffee & AllahFleeting Beauty) that have screened at international festivals as diverse as Toronto, Telluride, Venice, Cannes, and Busan. She was also a producer on Kāinga.

Kerry WarkiaProducer, (Papua New Guinean, Scottish). 
Kerry Warkia has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand's most innovative content for both television and the web. Passionate about telling Maori and Pasifika stories, Kerry was a producer on the acclaimed trio of anthology films Waru, Vai, and the latest Kāinga which centres on Pan-Asian stories, and which she co-produced with Dr Shuchi Kothari. 



Date: Wednesday 12 October
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start
Location: Click Studios, 525 Rosebank Rd, Avondale Auckland

WIFT members FREE; non-members $15 cash. Includes a drink and nibbles.
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Wednesday 26 Oct 2022

In Conversation with Rachel Lang (WTN)

Come and learn from one of New Zealand's best screenwriters, showrunners and executive producers at this Wellington workshop. 

Rachel Lang MNZM, has co-created many of New Zealand's most successful television shows: Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Mercy Peak, Nothing Trivial, Go Girls, Bad Mothers, and many more. She was the first New Zealand story editor, a writer and an executive producer for Shortland Street

Rachel will discuss writing and showrunning with producer and line producer Michelle Turner, and if her August workshop in Christchurch is anything to go by, you will not want to miss this one! 

Facilitator: Michelle Turner
As a producer and line producer, Michelle has worked in feature films, short films, television and documentaries including Stickmen, Bollywood Queen, Children of the Migration, Under the Vines, Dox, Wellington Paranormal.

The discussion will cover the following topics:

· What a showrunner does;

· How you get to be a showrunner;

· How Covid has changed the practicalities of writing for television;

· What the ingredients for a successful writers room are;

· Tips for creating ideas and how to market them.

Bring your questions and Rachel will do her best to answer them! 

WIFT members free; non members $15 cash; includes drinks and nibbles.

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Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.