Course Description

Screen Tools: A four-week practical course for emerging filmmakers

Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, Screen Tools is a hands-on course designed to set you up with the essential skills you need to launch your career in film, television and digital media industries.

Under the guidance of experienced actor, producer and director John Callen, as well as guest instructors from the television industry, you will work as a team to develop the pilot episode of a serial drama or web series. You will learn and practice story creation and character development for a script you will write, produce, design and direct.

From pre-production to post-production you will experience first-hand the various aspects of television industry operations, including studio protocol and the management of a production and shoot. You will gain an understanding of cameras and sound recording equipment as you develop your production; and will learn strategies for directing the actors who will bring your story to life.

You will have access to our high-end production and editing equipment and facilities to produce multi-camera recorded scenes in our television studio, as well as shooting on location in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland.

In a time when people are more often turning to new digital platforms for their media consumption, Screen Tools places a focus on the “saleable” value and digital delivery of your final piece. With your production team, you will decide on a target audience and the mode of broadcast for your production.

This course is ideal for recent screen production graduates, or students looking for a study abroad experience with a practical option. Course field trips include a visit to the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata, and a customised tour of the Academy Award® winning Weta Workshop and Park Road Post Production facilities in Wellington.