CALLING ALL WEB SERIES WRITERS - GET YOUR SERIES MADE!

Posted Monday 25 Jan 2016

Unitec's Performing and Screen Arts Department (PASA) is looking for a web series to produce in semester 1 2016.

Third-year screen and acting students will partner together, under the supervision of industry-leading tutors, to produce a web series written by YOU. This might be something you have already developed, or a concept you will devise especially for PASA.

This collaborative project will be produced by Unitec using our studio, equipment, crews, directors, post production facilities, costume and art department resources.

PASA sees this as an opportunity for either experienced writer/s, or confident emerging writer/s to work with them and their specific set of required parameters for mutual benefit.

THE PARAMETERS FOR THE BRIEF:

The finished work will be in the format of either 10 x 3-3� min episodes that would each be shot over 1 day OR  5 x 6-7 min episodes that would each be shot over 2 days.

 

The story must provide speaking-parts for 9 female and 9 male roles, each featuring in 1-2 episodes. Ages range from 18-25.  There is the possibility for a small number of lead characters that exist across the whole series.

The scripts can be a division of studio based work and location work.  The studio set will be one set only - the pivotal location in the story - such as a house interior (living / dining or bedroom / bathroom), an interior motel room, or an interior caf� etc.

 

TIMELINE:

Fri 29th Jan 3pm:          EXPRESSION OF INTEREST submissions close

Wed 03rd Feb:              PASA responds to writers

Mon 08th Feb:              Final confirmation of contracted writer/s - storywork starts

Fri 19th Feb:                Story outlines signed off

Fri 11th March:             All episodes delivered in draft

Mon 21st March:          All cast, sets, locations locked off

Fri 01st April:                Deadline for delivery of shooting scripts

Mon 11th April:             Pre Production commences

Tue 17th May:              Shooting commences

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS - email to agraves@unitec.ac.nz

  • Short proposal outlining your idea, characters and general arc of the series
  • Writing CV (if you haven't done a lot, please submit a writing sample)
  • A brief statement on why you want to do this web series

ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL. Writing fee to be negotiated.

Any questions before the deadline please contact Anna Graves on 021 1081972 or Maile Daugherty on 021 399149

 

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WIFT Members Make the Finals

Posted Monday 25 Jan 2016

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Congratulations to WIFT members Nicola Peeperkorn, Andrew Cooper, David Gould and  Yamin Tun who are among the  the 16 talented filmmakers whose films will screen to a live audience and judging panel on February 27 at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth, Taranaki for Tropfest 2016.

The final 16 short films include a diverse range of genres from drama and comedy to horror, mockumentary and animation. "Every year the pre-selection judges job gets tougher as we see an increase in the number of entries and the amount of outstanding films" says Tropfest NZ Festival Manager Cleo Wood.

First prize includes a five-day film immersion trip to LA, sponsored by the New Zealand Screen Association and Motion Picture Association as well as a festival sponsored cash prize of $10,000.

Cash prizes of $2500 will also be awarded to category winners for Best Actress, Best Actor, Te Tohu Auahatanga Maori Award, recognising outstanding Maori creativity in film (Sponsored by Nga Aho Whakaari  and Te Puni Kokiri) as well Best Use of Visual Effects and Best Animated Film (sponsored by Yoobee School of Design).

Tropfest is free to attend but a gold coin donation can be made on the night.

All the films entered into Tropfest NZ are seven minutes or less and must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which for 2016 is 'DREAM'.

The films and their directors and producers are:

Film: Meet Hamish

Directors & Producers: WIFT members Nicola Peeperkorn (Auckland) & Andrew Cooper (Auckland)

Logline: Country boy Hamish's obsession with chilli makes for an awkward job interview in the big smoke.

 

Film: Natalia Rising

Director & Producer: Floris Van Gaalen (Hastings)

Logline: A young lady attempts to win the affection of a local shopkeeper by plotting a 'fake' heist.

 

Film: John Squared

Director & Producer: Emily French (Christchurch/Wellington)

Co-Directors: Matthew Wilkey, Caitlyn Parslow, Chris Bird, Kate Lambert

Logline: A young scientist who is on the verge of achieving his lifelong dream of genetic replication encounters a problem when his clone believes he is the original.

 

Film: Bathilda's Cauldron

Director: Chayse Millar (Auckland)

Producer: Ben Hobbs

Logline: Dreams aren't free.

 

Film: The Dairy Diaries: Daniel's Entry (Rotorua/Hamilton)

Director & Producer: Ashton Ledger

Logline: A teenage boy hopes to succeed his late father's title as New Zealand's champion gumboot thrower and save his family owned and operated dairy from permanent closure.

 

Film: Lon-Done - or the patriotic homesick kiwi hater's survival guide to London

Director & Producer: Allan George (Rotorua/Auckland)

Logline: With the popularity of the Kiwi O.E on the rise, this film documents a young Kiwi man's journey in London as he struggles to come to terms with what homesickness really means.

 

Film: Bites

Director & Producer: Florence Lam

Co-Director: Mia Maramara (Auckland)

Logline: A woman on a mission to find her husband proves that there can be life after the apocalypse.

 

Film: Tomorrow's Dream

Director: WIFT member David Gould (Wellington)

Producer: Anne Jaeger-Annear

Logline: A young man develops a machine to travel back in time to save his girlfriend and unborn child.

 

Film: Papa Taniwha

Director: Kennedy Faimanifo (Auckland)

Producer: Gray Davis

Logline: A city boy experiences the spirits within his grandfather's Marae carvings.

 

Film: Halfway to Timbuktu

Director & Producer: Kirk Bremner (Dunedin)

Co-Director: Luke Bremner

Logline: In the middle of nowhere, two slackers must hitch a ride by any means if they are to get anywhere but halfway to Timbuktu...

 

Film: Back o' the Bus

Director & Producer: Hannah Taylor (New Plymouth)

Logline: A story about the resilience and fortitude that comes from being black.

 

Film: Timothy (or Hunting for the Doppelmonster)

Director & Producer: Christopher Chalmers (Wellington)

Logline: As reports emerge of a mysterious yeti-man living in the woods and stealing people's lunch, champion bird-watcher and cat fancier Timothy decides to go searching for the peckish creature of the woods, only to discover something rather unexpected.

 

Film: Lock & Key 2: Rise of the Demons

Director: Nick Garrett (Auckland)

Producer: Nick Garrett, Laura Putnam & Ben Lange

Logline: Always judge a book by its cover.

 

Film: The Dream of the Driver

Director & Producer: WIFT member Yamin Tun (Auckland)

Logline: A man who thinks he's living the dream finds his dream unravel when he falls unexpectedly for a woman he shouldn't.

 

Film: Wings

Director: Jharaiz Kiriona (Whanganui / Auckland)

Producer: Olivia                 Preston

Logline: A teenage skater with a vicious father, befriends a girl who dreams of flying.

The Tropfest YouTube Channel

Past Finalist films can be viewed at Tropfest's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/tropfest.The channel has 73,728 and the films have been viewed more than 38,120,495times.