Script to Screen has named eight projects, from five individuals and three teams, for its Story Camp Aotearoa 2016.
The lab runs over five-days to develop feature film projects. The event is tailored to meet the development needs of the selected writers or writing teams and their project.
Selected for the lab are:
Yamin Tun, Burma Story
Max Currie, Life In Subtitles
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Lucky
Armagan Ballantyne & Jackie Van Beek, Magma
Alyx Duncan & Lani-Rain Feltham, The Surrogate
Florian Habicht, Under A Full Moon
Michelle Savill & Sophie Henderson, Unnamed Project
Jesse Griffin, Wilson Dixon The Cowboy Philosopher
Florian Habicht was a Big Screen Symposium presenter this year, talking about his recently-shot Spookers and work on Under A Full Moon. Currie’s Life in Subtitles has been in development for a while now, and he’s previously presented an entertaining teaser for the feature at industry events. The subject of Jesse Griffin’s film, alter ego Wilson Dixon, has also been entertaining audiences for a while now.
Tun is coming off a good run with her short Wait, which picked up the headline award at NZ’s Best and two awards at Show Me Shorts. Stewart-Te Whiu was also among the presenters at this year’s BSS, for a session on anthology feature Waru by Maori women writers and directors.
Among the teams is Jackie van Beek, a BSS presenter alongside Florian Habicht this year. Her feature The Inland Road is currently in post. For the lab van Beek partners with Armagan Ballantyne, who previously directed The Strength of Water (written by another of the contributors to Waru, Briar Grace-Smith).
Michelle Savill & Sophie Henderson’s lab project is unnamed. Savill’s short Ellen is Leaving picked up awards at SXSW. Last year she partnered with Matt Henley for Loading Docs title Fantasy Cave. Henderson is the writer (and lead) of Fantail and a participant in Script to Screen’s 2014 FilmUp programme.
Alyx Duncan & Lani-Rain Feltham’s The Surrogate was shortlisted for Sundance Writers Lab. Duncan was the winner for the Young Filmmaker award at last year’s SPADA Awards and recently one of three recipients of the Gaylene Preston Directors Award. Feltham is one of the producers of Habicht’s Spookers, which has received Screen Australia as well as NZFC support.
Story Camp Aotearoa’s mentors will include Sundance Institute’s Joan Tewkesbury and Gyula Gazdag, with story consultant Brita McVeigh (who’s also running her Acting For Humans workshop soon in Auckland and Wellington).
Script to Screen’s Story Camp Aotearoa will run in Port Waikato 28 November – 3 December.