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...

Saturday 09 Mar 2024

Life on the Road: Producing Travel, Adventure and Food Shows with Jon Kroll

We have an exciting update to add to this workshop! Jon Kroll will be invitng in two experienced contributors to join via zoom: Alexander Ayling, a full-time award-winning filmmaker, content creator, Youtuber, and television host, and Tara Williams, First Assistant Director. 

We are thrilled to announce this special intensive workshop with Emmy Award-winning TV producer Jon Kroll for our Christchurch members!

In this one-day seminar, producer Jon Kroll will take you on a deep dive into the world of international factual production. Jon has worked in more than 70 countries on shows like the Emmy-winning “Amazing Race,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted,” “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins,” “Extraordinary Birder with Christian Cooper” and “Appetite for Adventure with Moe Cason.” While making these shows can be both fun and rewarding, the execution of them involves unique challenges, including language barriers, currency fluctuations, permitting, equipment carnets, unpredictable weather, insurance, diseases, safety, casting, scouting and travel delays. He’ll take you on a journey from the first network country pitch to the final sound mix, and by the end you’ll be ready to take on the world.

In 2023 Jon delivered two acclaimed sold-out workshops for WIFT in Wellington and Auckland.  Now for the first time he comes to Christchurch.  Make the most of this opportunity – he is a great speaker!

Date: Saturday 9 March

Time:  10am – 4pm

Venue: Toi Auaha Rolleston House, 5 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City

Cost: Members $20.  Non-members $40.  Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.  Bring your own lunch.


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