Broken River Writers--October's intriguing workshop with Killer Pig Productions' Jake and Sam Bowtell
On Friday 13th November local writers met at NEA for the second of the Broken River Writers Discovery Workshop series, this time with Jake and Sam Bowtell of Killer Pig Productions. The focus in this workshop was to discover more about writing for film. Having immersed themselves in film production since 2009, if not before, Jake and Sam proved to have much to share with the group.
Jake and Sam introduced us to the story behind, then screened their film 'Slope'. It proved to be a wonderful springboard for a rich and vibrant discussion during which we seemed to switch seamlessly between responding as viewers and responding as writers. While the session included a rich 'film appreciation' element, the writers' process was regularly interspersed and explored by Jake and Sam.
We left Jake and Sam's thought provoking discovery workshop with an understanding that writing for film includes writing for silence; that the excitement of film making relates to its many facets - with considerations about the use of particular actors; sound; lighting and so much more involved in film production.
Thank you Jake and Sam!
Watch out for Carla Gardner's writing about this event on the Broken River Writers' Facebook Page!
An Occasional Blog' by
There is so much happening at NEA currently! Some happenings have warranted their own posts, so this post is a miscellany of snippets...
Kylie and Tim's 'Coffee is where the art is'... pop up cafe in the foyer gallery is a wonderful place to meet people Sam Bowtell (of the Bow N Tell Brothers and Killer Pig Productions') called by on Saturday morning. The Centre in Wangaratta, is continuing to publicise and distribute Killer Pigs' movie 'Slope' and is likely to rescreen it in Wangaratta at end of January, Sam and Jake are also planning to screen 'Slope' at rural cinemas across the north east over the coming months and looking towards crowd funding a DVD to be distributed to schools - a key audience. They are busy on a number of projects, including a feature film - already two and a half years in the making,
Sam and Lauren
The atmospheric courtyard outside the foyer gallery/cafe is now providing a terrific home for the colourful mosaic table which community members contributed to under Deb Dodd's guidance at the Maker's Mart festival during Wall to Wall Art last year.
Seamus, Tim Schloss and Hudson.
It seems it's the season for our artisans and members to immerse themselves in their own creative development, with Margaret Zaal 'excited beyond belief' to be going to a four day workshop in Geelong; Merilyn at a lifedrawing camp in Queensland and Seamus having just returned from an Irish folk music week near Coroit. Seamus came away from the week having written a poem, a song and having been the narrator for a documentary oriented slide show on the Irish Rebellion which engaged other Irish musicians in the camp in song. There must have been some wonderful jamming sessions.
Merv posted this portrait by his friend CJHaumann on our timeline recently - prefaced by 'See what NEA is doing to me!"
Lots has been happening in Merv's life this week, a birthday, buying a house in Benalla, becoming engaged to Irina and taking an oil pastels workshop at NEA at the weekend.
Cornelia's posted a Facebook entry in a similar vein, prefacing it with something to the effect that it's lucky her studio is not at home...
To finish... - 'Caught' - a photo of the Friday morning to afternoon handover - with Annie Longmuir and Janet Leith caught arriving to replace Lise Darcy and Elaine Murphy recenlty.
Annie, Janet, Lise and Elaine.
Follow up post found on Facebook about the successful launch of Jake and Sam Bowtell's new film last Friday evening. Great comments and a '10/10' from MP Tim McCurdy. Congratulations Jake and Sam!
Monday's Wangaratta Chronicle featured an extended article by Shane Douthie on 'Slope', a 48 minute feature length drama by local filmmakers, actors and NEA associated musicians Jake and Sam Bowtell of Killer Pig Productions.
Like me, many NEA members take a continuing interest in Sam and Jake's developing film making careers and enjoyed their music during their group Bow & Tell 'Brothers' sets at the Makers Market area during the Wall to Wall Festival weekend.
"Slope", which 'looks at the ongoing 'Ice problem from a young person's perspective', was funded by a $10,000 Ice Action Grant provided to The Centre in Wangaratta in 2015. Former students of The Centre and also GOTAFE Benalla, Jake and Sam collaborated with The Centre's VCAL students in developing the screenplay and did all the cinematography, editing and soundtracking. Sam also played the part of 'Keefy' and Jake the part of 'Pelican'.
Link to stills shot during the making of Slope
"We built this story from the ground up, working with the students who contributed a great deal of ideas and thoughts in the process. ......Obviously we wanted to illustrate the danger and the threat that this particular drug poses to communities right around Australia, but we were conscious also that the people involved in this larger story of addiction, are people, not monsters'. (Jake Bowtell interview from Shane Douthie's extended report).
'Slope' is to be launched this Friday, August 27th, at a sell out screening at the Wangaratta Cinema Centre. Hopefully it will screen in Benalla very soon.
An extract from Shane Douthie's article (Wangaratta Chronicle, August 22, page 2)
Douthie, S (2016) It's a Slippery Slope, Wangaratta Chronicle Monday August 22, 2016
Killer Pig Production's Facebook site is at https://www.facebook.com/killerpigproductions
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