Workshops & Consulting

Hemlock & Cedar Films offers a range of services, led by founder Megan Riakos. Megan is a regular speaker and panelist on filmmaking and gender equality and is a mentor and teacher, having taught at the University of NSW (UNSW), Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Academy of Information Technology (AIT) and Actors Centre Australia (ACA). Megan is available for one-off workshops and events hosted by Hemlock & Cedar Films or can be hired for consulting contracts or sessional teaching work.

Please contact us for rates and more information.


All workshops can be delivered either online or in-person in various formats including a single 2 hour session, a full day course or multiple sessions over several weeks.

Screen Industry Practices for Actors
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 background as a Producer & Director to help explain these processes.

Indie Filmmaking
Using her independent feature films 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
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.

Upcoming Events

Deadhouse Dark Sydney Screening – 28 April 2021
Join the Deadhouse Dark team for a ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT in Sydney – it’s your last chance to get a big screen sneak peek at the Shudder Original Series, followed by a Q&A panel with Showrunner Enzo Tedeschi, and Writer / Directors Rachele Wiggins, Rosie Lourde, Megan Riakos and Denai Gracie moderated by Mike Jones.

Past Engagements

Panel event: Whispering Loudly – Female Voices in Contemporary Genre Filmmaking

Virtual WIFT Panel – Spotlight on Female Creatives

Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum

Marketing and Distributing your film with Megan Riakos (Indie Film World)

WIFT NSW President Megan Riakos on Sexual Harassment in the Australian Screen Industry (ABC News)

Safer Workplace Strategies for the Screen Industry – Moderator & Host

Speaking Engagements

Please contact us to discuss speaking engagements.

Mentorship + Development

Please contact us to discuss a tailored package that works for you and your project.