Rosie Lourde and panelists Rick Kalowski, Sophie Hyde, Charlotte Seymour and Adele Vuko at the Sydney masterclass.

Warwick Holt, Chloë Reeson, Stu Willis and reps of Screen Australia and the ABC will take part in AACTA’s masterclass in web series creation in Melbourne next month.

Taking place at Cinema Nova on Wednesday August 22, it  follows a similar masterclass staged during Vivid Sydney which was moderated by Screen Australia’s former multi-platform investment manager Rosie Lourde with a panel comprising ABC head of comedy Rick Kalowski, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Sophie Hyde, Adele Vuko and Charlotte Seymour.

Hosted and moderated by Warwick Holt, the screenwriter and creator of Bruce, a black comedy set in a  prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788,  the Melbourne session will cover topics including:

  • What content works for local and international online audiences
  • How to develop a single idea into multiple short episodes of a series
  • Finding a niche and growing the community
  • Advice on scripting, casting, shooting and online marketing
  • Navigating YouTube and other video sharing websites to maximise the audience
  • Australian state and federal funding opportunities

Reeson co-created with Michelle Law Homecoming Queens, a comedy-drama about two 20-somethings for SBS On Demand. The other panelists are Alyce Adams, junior investment manager, online at Screen Australia and co-creator of web series I Can’t Even; Lauren Merolli, ABC development manager, TV fiction; and Stu Willis, co-creator of Restoration.

AACTA encourages  storytellers to attend this  masterclass to gain immediate practical tools to create online content and to navigate this fast growing digital platform.

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