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Get ready for the BSS

The Big Screen Symposium 2016 takes place on 24 – 25 September. BUY YOUR TICKET HERE.

NZ’s premiere screen industry event – the Big Screen Symposium – runs this weekend with a phenomenal line up of speakers who will address this year’s theme: PLAYING WITH RISK.

Here is a recap on the diverse range of high quality masterclasses, where delegates will have access to detailed information about key areas of filmmaking, and issues relevant to filmmakers today.

DECOLONISING THE SCREEN – MASTERCLASS WITH HEATHER RAE
In her masterclass, activist, maker, producer and former head of the Sundance Native Programme, Heather Rae (Cherokee), will invigorate a dialogue around the stories we have to tell, what moves our hearts, the responsibility we have to the future, and will explore what she terms ‘liberating our storytelling’.

CINEMATOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS WITH CHRISTOPHER DOYLE
In this masterclass for directors, cinematographers and all lovers of cinema – world renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, aka Du Ke Feng, will share a creative philosophy that embodies risk and filmmaking that directly engages the performer, the cinematographer and the audience.

WRITING MASTERCLASS WITH JONATHAN RAYMOND – SCREENWRITING AS EARTH ART
In his masterclass, Portland-based novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Raymond will discuss his collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt (OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY, MEEK’S CUTOFF and NIGHT MOVES), with special attention to issues of chance, failure, and regional imagination.

WRITING MASTERCLASS WITH CATE SHORTLAND – IMAGE AND THE SUBCONSCIOUS
Acclaimed Australian writer/director Cate Shortland (SOMERSAULT, LORE) will use examples from her film work to chart her writing process: from the genesis of an idea, to taking risks with character, to building scenes from the page up with actors and choreographers – and the vital role of imagery, landscape, and the subconscious.

DIRECTING MASTERCLASS WITH TONY KRAWITZ
Australian director Tony Krawitz (JEWBOY, DEAD EUROPE, THE TALL MAN) will discuss his immersive approach to directing, and how it differs – and how it is the same – across adaptation, original story, and documentary.

EDITING MASTERCLASS WITH SIMON PRICE
Using examples of past work, a smoking gun, audience participation and a bowl of soup, editor Simon Price (THE ORATOR, RUIN, CLEVERMAN) invites you to join him in a highly interactive conversation about the importance of play in the edit suite.

VISUAL EFFECTS MASTERCLASS WITH JOE LETTERI
Weta Digital’s Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri will discuss the changing landscape of visual effects creation and the integration of virtual tools into the film production process.

INTERACTIVE AND IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING EXPERT OPEYEMI OLUKEMI DELIVERS MASTERCLASS
Opeyemi Olukemi, senior director of Interactive at the Tribeca Institute, will deliver a masterclass exploring stories in the digital space including immersive and interactive technologies.

IMPACT PRODUCING, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION MASTERCLASS WITH COURTNEY BOTFIELD
Co-founder and director of The Goodship Agency (Australia), Courtney Botfield will offer insights and case studies on building strategic philanthropic and brand partnerships for films, across both documentary and drama.

COMPOSING MASTERCLASS WITH LUKE BUDA AND SAM SCOTT
Join Samuel Flynn Scott and Luke Buda, front men from The Phoenix Foundation, as they take us through scoring HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE to illustrate their bold and playful approach to their work and why it was essential in creating the film’s original sounds.

The Big Screen Symposium 2016 takes place on 24 – 25 September. See the full programme here.

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