Workshop making movie magic happen for future filmmakers

Do you have a story destined to be a film but don’t know where to start? Join emerging filmmakers at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre for a two-day workshop to learn what it takes to make a short film on Saturday June 30 – Sunday July 1 from 9am-4pm.

Organised and co-presented by local filmmaker Maryann Tuao from independent film production company Groundswell Media, the hands-on workshop brings together experienced industry professionals to share their craft with local up-and-coming filmmaking talent.

“We are very fortunate to have such talented creators to share their experience, skills and practical knowledge,” she says.

Filmmaking royalty includes director Hamish Bennett, whose first short films The Dump in 2011 and Ross and Beth in 2014 have won numerous awards. Both films showcased the talents of local actor Reiki Ruawai who had starring roles in the quirky short films.

Other presenters are Waru actor Waimahi Hotere, producer, camera operator and editor Geoffrey Andrews and Michael Robins who has credits on Alien: Covenant, Patu Ihu and A Wrinkle in Time.

From the initial concept, writing and directing, to the nuts and bolts of production and post-production, Maryann says the workshop is designed to guide creatives 13 years and over through each stage of the filmmaking process.

“The workshop is an awesome opportunity for filmmakers who are interested in honing their skills for the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards coming up in September.”

Lunch and refreshments are provided both days – $40 per adult, $20 for youth 18 and under.

Places are limited – email maryann.tuao@gmail.com or mob 021 251 4676

This workshop was made possible with the support of the Waikato District Creative Communities Scheme NZ and Raglan Lions Club, Raglan Supervalue.

Janine Jackson