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Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, Cairns

Cost: Free

Screen Queensland in partnership with Screenworks presents the NQ Screen Skills:

Understanding Proof of Concept for visual storytelling workshop. Delivered by Adam Grossetti, an award-winning writer, producer and concept originator of ABC TV's The Black Hand along with local content creator Alex Smee from Multi Story Media. participants will be led through a basic process of developing a proof of concept that they can apply to their ongoing projects.

Best suited to early career screen practitioners seeking to build upon existing skills and develop collaborative relationships with the local film industry.

This two-day workshop will focus on developing a proof of concept in order to pitch.

● Developing a concept from an idea to series bible.

● Content collection and relationship building.

● Looking at successful real-world examples – from concept to broadcast.

● Unpacking loglines, synopsis/synopses, and series bibles.

● What it takes to pitch at conferences, to producers and production companies.

Through experiential learning, and hearing from local industry guest speakers the workshop aims to empower those at the beginning of a storytelling journey by building a set of skills that will better position attendees for regionally-centric industry opportunities.


Caters to people interested in developing a concept from pitch to production. We will build knowledge to support and refine the process of developing pitch documents, discussing examples where resource collection and thinking outside the box lead to engagements with production companies and international distribution.

Over the two-day course, the participants will receive an overview of useful tips based on experience relating to project development, pitch delivery, resource collection, practical tips for digital pitches, as well as hands-on tasks and engaging with a professional editor to gain an understanding of editorial and creative choices.

It is recommended that as a participant you are available for both days as this is a continual workshop.


Story Elements

In this session, we will discuss story elements that attract and inspire us. We'll look at building our story instinct and observation skills, finding story in archives or real-world events. We'll hear personal anecdotes that have inspired writers to find a way to get their story told and learn about recognising story elements, understanding narrative structure, and explore the realities that should be considered when developing a work for intended broadcast.

You'll have the opportunity to draft your project outlines, defining the narrative arc, visual style, and thematic elements. We'll also discuss logistical factors such as location availability, talent acquisition, and resource management.

Production finances — budgeting and pitching to investors

Our workshop will cover the basics of budget creation, with practical exercises and templates. Attendees will work through scaled-back real-world scenarios to understand the financial intricacies of a screen project.

Permits, approvals and insurance

Understanding the need for permits, approvals and insurance in screen production is critical. We'll discuss scenarios when you should obtain permits, release forms, proof of copyright and more. We'll hear first-hand experiences where relationship-building with communities assisted filming approvals.

Maintaining Momentum

In this module, participants will explore the evolving stages of a project's life from concept through pitch development, engagement with producers and networks, to broadcast.

We'll test the strength of ideas and discuss the importance of agile thinking as it relates to finding a suitable home for your project. Part discussion, this session will drill down into the reality of finding a way to get your story told; unpacking industry trends, discussing ethical practices in filmmaking, challenging ideas and exploring why your story needs to be told.

We will unpack what actually happens when a project is green-lit; how ideas on paper transform to visuals, the importance of genuine collaboration the need to let go of ideas and fight for others. We will look at project planning, the allocation of resources and the importance of inclusive leadership to ensure effective collaboration among team members.

We'll discuss the importance of cultural considerations and cultural plans, and how working with a community requires genuine consultation through a cultural advisor. Participants will learn to identify potential issues and create mitigation strategies.

Cinematography essentials

This session is devoted to the art and craft of cinematography. Participants will explore the foundational principles of visual storytelling, including framing, composition, lighting, and camera movement. We'll discuss how to use these elements to create mood, focus attention, and enhance the narrative. Practical demonstrations will give participants a firsthand look at how cinematography choices can change the tone and feel of a scene. This module aims to empower participants with the knowledge to make informed decisions about visuals in their own projects, ensuring their story is told effectively on screen.

The post-production process

Alex Smee will look at what a sizzle reel is, an why is it important. Creating a video that invites viewers into your story world is crucial for establishing a connection with your characters and vision. It involves identifying the themes and creating an emotional connection with the audience. We will explore different ways of telling your story and determine what works best for your project. Finally, we will also look at some editing protocols and skills that can help you create the best possible story with the media you have.

Test pitch

The final stage of the workshop will provide participants with a test pitch scenario, and open the floor up to feedback on story perception, getting your message across and putting your best foot forward.

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Participants will also be invited to a casual networking event following the first day.

It is recommended that as a participant you are available for both days as this is a

continual workshop.


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