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SYDNEY SCREENWRITERS’ STUDIO
with Billy Marshall Stoneking
CALLING ALL SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) PLAYWRIGHTS, NOVELISTS, POETS, JOURNOS, ACTORS & OTHERS -
BE PART OF THE REVOLUTION
Experience and participate in this radical, new approach to feature film-making. A nine-month, intensive script development studio, offered by the Screen & Media Department at Randwick TAFE and conducted by writer/producer, Billy Marshall Stoneking. The studio/workshop is now in its second year, and will run throughout 2014. Writers will write one, 15-25 minute, dramatic screenplay that explores some aspect of Australian family life. Completed shorts will be produced as stand-alone shorts, as well as being incorporated into a feature.Shorts and feature will be produced in 2015.
Storyteller/writers from all backgrounds, including poets and playwrights, are urged to apply. Actors, editors, producers and others with an interest in dramatic, screen storytelling are welcome.
Working Title of Feature project is RELLIES. A multi-plot drama or dramedy exploring the Australian family in all its various manifestations. We are looking for writers with odd, dangerous, dramatic and entertaining stories to tell.
For more details, call Billy Marshall Stoneking on 0437 864 487 or Huseyin Turem at RANDWICK TAFE on P: (02) 9469 8700 | M: 0425261667, and ask about the feature-development programme.
PLEASE NOTE : There is also a full-time Production Unit with a healthy slate of films to make throughout 2014. If you have been seeking some affordable, on-the-job training and/or professional mentoring, and have been longing to work within a creative and mutually supportive group of dedicated screen storytellers to develop and refine your skills, this is the group for you.
Inquiries from camera persons, editors, designers and others are invited.
Billy Marshall Stoneking
SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS in Sydney
The 160 Angriest Steps in Cinema History
An old man asked me for a dollar at the bus stop yesterday, phrasing it in such a way that I imagined he might be a distracted genius, and that a buck was all that stood between him and the makings of a perfect day, so I gave him a handful of change and he was so happy; it made me feel absurd. Everyone else stared at me, like how dare I give money to a bum. “God bless you,” he said before vanishing into the Saturday shoppers, and I thought how I was already blessed to have a pocket full of change I could give him.
I remember as a child of about 3 or 4, sitting on the floor in my parents’ house and watching them argue, and being aware of myself as a very old person, thinking how terrible and unbeautiful, the two them, not being able to imagine a better way of dealing with whatever the problem was. Precursor to the bus warrior - the infant moralist. But then I’m a Virgo, so what would you expect?
And what’s so wrong with being ‘sensitive’, anyway? As an only child (my sister was 12 years older than me), I often felt I was single-handedly holding out against the cruel realities of life. Back then, the cruel realities of life were personified by an immense army of tiny marching ‘germs’ that were fixated on pursuing me, and that would - if I stayed in one location long enough - eventually catch and kill me. Fortunately my Dad’s job meant that we pulled up stakes and moved every two or three years, and not just to the other side of town either, but to the opposite end of the country. I always breathed a sigh of relief when we moved cos I knew it bought me a little more time. The germs, being that small, traveled very slowly.
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