Hemlock & Cedar Films funded to run Screen Workshop Series

Hemlock & Cedar Films presents the Screen Workshop Series funded by City of Sydney. Six workshops will be held over the coming months on filmmaking and working in the genre space, particularly around women in film. Developed by Megan Riakos and presented by several filmmakers behind her horror anthology Dark Whispers – Volume 1, the program aims to encourage a diverse array of storytellers to join the world of dark genre filmmaking and to provide affordable opportunities for filmmakers to up-skill. Tiered ticket pricing willl be available with discounts for WIFT, Australian Screen Guild, Film Fatales & Screen Vixens members and a limited number of free spots for those who are unable to afford. Workshops include:

Feminist Horror Workshop with Katrina Irawati Graham (online) – 29 May 2021
Presented by Katrina Irawati Graham (writer/director of the Dark Whispers segment ‘White Song’),this workshop will dive headfirst into a genre typically considered both low-brow and androcentric. Delivering a much-needed feminist perspective, this workshop will re-frame the horror genre and invite participants to embrace tropes, investigate form, and subvert the dominant male gaze. All genders, filmmakers and film lovers welcome.

Developing Bold & Original Dark Genre Films with Briony Kidd (online) – 26 June 2021 – Buy Tickets
Whether you’re writing short films for the festival circuit or beginning to delve into longer form projects, it’s hard to develop strong genre projects without a clear understanding of your intention in terms of platform, audience, market and, most importantly of all, what you want to communicate. How can dark genre be a vehicle for personal or political expression? How can you make sure you’re offering something new and exciting within this highly competitive field? What influences and inspires you to create your best work? Presented by Hemlock & Cedar Films and led by screenwriting teacher, script consultant and festival director Briony Kidd, this workshop is designed to help participants sharpen and intensify their unique artistic vision.

Indie Filmmaking with Megan Riakos – July 2021 (date tbc)
Using her independent feature films Dark Whispers & Crushed as case studies, Megan will cover the pathways and pitfalls of indie filmmaking, including development, crowdfunding, production, marketing, festivals and distribution.

The Director’s Process with Megan Riakos – August 2021 (date tbc)
Under the guidance of feature film director Megan Riakos, participants will learn how prepare to direct a narrative film, including communicating your vision, collaborating with your crew, directing actors and what to expect in each stage of the filmmaking process through the lens of making Genre films. Megan will examine traditional genre tropes and how to achieve them on a budget. Megan will use her films Dark Whispers, Crushed and No Pain No Gain as case studies.

Curating & Programming for Community Groups with Briony Kidd – (date tbc)
This workshop will focus on the possibilities of film curation for social change and community engagement. It will consider various approaches that might be used in producing successful low budget film events, from curating; from drawing from the best new work from around the world to creating opportunities for the display of audience-generated content. How do you begin to unearth what’s gone unnoticed or unappreciated? How do you use film as a platform for discussion of the ideas that matter in your community? Festival founder and programmer Briony Kidd has run many successful film events in her home state of Tasmania and is passionate about empowering communities to develop skills in curation and event production.

Screen Industry Practices for Actors with Megan Riakos – (date tbc)
Working on a filmset for the first time can be a daunting experience for an emerging actor. This workshop will lay out what to expect by going through the actor’s journey from audition right through to premiere. This includes first day onset, an explanation of the various crew roles and how they collaborate with the actors, requirements for Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR) in post-production and much more. Megan will use examples from her feature Dark Whispers as a Producer & Director to help explain these processes.

For more information on upcoming workshops, check out Workshops & Consulting.

Note: Workshop content and dates are subject to change