First Features on a Shoestring - Discussing Escalator

Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

Script to Screen event: Tuesday 2 September,

The Classic, 7:30-8:30pm

Join your fellow industry members for a discussion delving into the creative process of low budget feature films as experienced by recipients of funding from the NZ Film Commission's Escalator scheme. This is an opportunity to feed into the NZ Film Commission's discussion around different options for low budget funding moving forward.

Writer/director Max Currie (Everything We Loved), writer/director Paolo Rotondo (Orphans & Kingdoms), writer/director  Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and writer/director Guy Pigden (I Survived a Zombie Holocaust) talk to producer Tui Ruwhiu about how being part of the scheme shaped and changed their filmmaking process.

The Escalator low budget funding scheme was an initiative of the New Zealand Film Commission which ran from 2010 - 2012. Over three years, eight teams were given production funding of $250,000 to make their first feature film.

Stay afterwards for a slice of pizza on STS and a drink.

Tues 2nd September, The Classic, 321 Queen Street, 7pm drinks, 7:30-8:30pm talk, $5 koha appreciated.

Max Currie is the writer/director of Everything We Loved, which premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2014 and has been nominated three times for best picture by an emerging director. The film also screened in this year's NZ International Film Festival.

Paolo Rotondo is the writer/director of Orphans & Kingdoms, which premiered at the NZ International Film Festival this year, and will be released in NZ early 2015.

Guy Pigden is the writer/director of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust, which premiered in Dunedin this month at the Dundead Festival.

Gerard Johnstone is the writer/director of Housebound, which premiered at the NZ International Film Festival in 2014 and will be released in NZ cinemas on September 4.

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A Cool Website to Browse...

Posted Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

This is a great little website - well quite a big website in that it has had over 2 million followers a month. It's pitched at film school students in the US but also includes festivals and opportunities for international film makers - and it's nicely designed too which is a bonus and worth a read if you need a break from that editing suite or from working on your script.

Enjoy.  http://nofilmschool.com/2014/06/money-filmmakers-grants-part-ii-summer-deadlines/