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!
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Deb's BYO Mosaic workshop in Gallery 2 on Sunday 17th September had a wonderful atmosphere.
Deb has scheduled another workshop on Sunday October 29th from 10 to 2 pm. Further details, including materials list, can be downloaded below.
Gabriel Bergmoser and the cast of his one act play 'Heroes' certainly set a high bar at the first of the Broken River Writers' Discovery Workshops at NEA this evening! The audience felt so privileged to have been there! Workshop activities with Gabe helped to set the scene for a performance of 'Heroes by Matt Phillips (Jake) and Blake Stringer (Nick). This was followed by a discussion of the play, from inception to recent performances across Victoria and nominations and presentations of a range of awards. . 'Heroes' is a complex, extremely well written play by an exceptionally gifted young playwright - it is also being performed in the Mansfield 2017 Festival of One-Act Plays this weekend.
Carla Gardner, commenting on FB.... "It was absolutely brilliant, so glad I was there. Heroes was such a fantastic example of conflict not only between characters, but of the conflict within themselves of what they want and what they actually need. Thank you Gabriel Bergmoser, Matt & Blake for a fantastic night. And thank you Broken River Writers, North East Artisans and Tomorrow Today for the first of many Discovery Workshops.' and...
Carla writing on Broken River Writers FB post....'Our first Discovery Workshop was awesome. Big thank you to everyone for coming, to Gabriel Bergmoser for great writing advice and exercises, and Blake & Matt for a fantastic performance of Heroes, which illustrated the exercises on conflict perfectly. And a big thank you to Broken River Writersfor making it happen and those volunteers who came early to set up and stayed late to pack up, North East Artisans for hosting the event and Tomorrow Today for the funding''
May was a very busy month for workshops - with Margaret Zaal and Kate Jenvey offering two groups of drawing workshops on Wednesdays and Sundays; Merv running the second of his 'Realistic Abstract' workshops, and Deb Dodd offering a series of BYO Mosaic workshops. Marg has also been holding a Thursday morning Botanical Illustration group on a regular basis.
Tim's workshops have been deferred while he works on a range of other projects. News of upcoming workshops will be included in the emailed newsletter (if you are not on the mailing list - send details to email@example.com) and this website.
Some photos from Tim's previous intermediate workshop in March.
Participants so enjoyed Jenny's January 14th workshop that a number of participants immediately booked places for her next workshop at NEA on March 25th! Spaces still available--book and pay at NEA by Friday, 17th March. . Fliers and materials requirements lists are available at NEA or can be downloaded below.
The January workshop program is almost over. With so much on offer it felt rather like a 'summer school program'.! Marg Zaal's concept of running simultaneous drawing workshops to small groups in the events room gallery worked really well and was received very positively by both presenters and participants. Thank you to Marg and all NEA artisans who presented these workshops.
There's only one thing missing from this slide show of Tim's workshop... the wonderful noise scape of the workshop on entering the room! What a terrific activity for family members to do together.
A 'go to whoa' slide show of Merv's intriguing and practical 'Make your own oil pastels' demonstration and oil pastels workshop.
The ambience and discrete working spaces in the events room gallery inspired Marg Zaal to develop the drawing workshop format pictured during the second in a series of three workshops on January 13th. Marg's vision - of three small group workshops by artists with different drawing specialities, offered on three different occasions to allow participants to chose more than one - worked really well..
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