This past weekend, we were stoked to attend the 2014 South Auckland Short Film Workshop at MIT School of Visual Arts in Otara, proudly presented by Script to Screen.
This free two-day workshop provided budding filmmakers with everything one would need to know to make a short film.
Five very talented, experienced and generous film industry professionals: Rene Naufahu, Michael Bennett, Zia Mandviwalla, Rachel House and Yvette Reid, guided us through each stage of the filmmaking process, from the initial concept, writing, directing, casting and finally to pitch your idea to collaborators and funders.
Twenty-six people pitched their short film ideas with six winners, being selected to participate in the South Shorts Mentoring Programme, a six-month programme, which offers 30 hours of mentoring on a short film project. The programme will be guide the teams through the process of developing a short film, with the view of either making the film on a low budget.
The six winners were Vela Manusaute, Levi Matautia-Morgan, Mary Campbell, Len Aiono, Isaac Weeks and our director, Louise Tu’u.
Hearty congratulations to them and many thanks to our host, Eloise Veber from Script to Screen and Rene, Michael, Zia, Yvette and Rachel for all their advice, enthusiasm and encouragement.
Here is a clip of improvisation from one of the winners, Levi and Johnno, who graduate this week with a Diploma in Performing Arts from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts.