Developing her screenwriting with the aid of seminars and workshops run by Script to Screen, WIFT and the NZWG, the by-product of her creative insomnia has been a long list of features, TV series pilots and short films. Writer-for-hire and script editing work quickly followed, as well as trips to Los Angeles to attend Screenwriting Conferences and Pitching Events.

Getting involved with director and producer team, Lennie and Tania Hill, proved to be a turning point in acquiring film credits on a number of short films that were selected for Film Festivals. This year, the short film FOOTSTEPS (2014), written by Tanya, will be screening at the NZIFF. For the past two years, she has also been a guest lecturer in storytelling, script development and screenwriting at AUT.

Workshops and seminars organised by WIFT and Script to Screen have played a huge role in helping Tanya gain access to networking and learning opportunities and she praises events like the Jeff Gomez Transmedia Conference and the Big Screen Symposium as being both inspiring and broadening as a screenwriter.


Although working in her new role with the Power Rangers TV series on a short term contract, Tanya is still keen to get more of her own slate of creative projects off the ground. In this business, she says you end up being a producer, as well as a writer, out of necessity because it is hard to find a great working partnership. She has found that WIFT members have been the most generous and supportive and looks forward to finding a producer partner-in-crime.


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