Western Australia was the first stop on the national tour of AFTRS Screen Australia Screenwest TALENT CAMP, and concluded last Friday after a week of professional development at Fielder Street Creative.
The five-day workshop was designed to provide skills development and industry insight to emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds.
The workshop was facilitated by Brita McVeigh, Kath Shelper and Christina Alvarez, with program mentorship from Gary Paramanathan and Abdulrahim Elmi.
Vincent Carter, originally from Fitzroy Crossing but now living in Broome, said that the workshop had given him a broader understanding of writing and storytelling.
“I’m kinda new to it all, being here and learning as the whole week has gone on has been very important to me,” he said.
“I’ve been learning the structure of putting a story that you have, thinking about the meaning behind that story and why it’s important to not just me, but also the group that surrounds you.”
Ange Leech is a multi-media artist and musician and said her experience at Talent Camp had given her a good understanding of where to start when moving into the screen industry.
“What has been really exciting is the level of depth, the detail that’s been given in an industry overview, because I’m not coming from a filmmaker’s background, to understand the roles of producer, writer, director and how all these can interplay with each other,” Leech said.
“I’ve realised what my role in filmmaking is, and now I have a vocab to attach to that. I’ve made a bunch of friends, industry networks, connections and perhaps future collaborators.”
TALENT CAMP is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of leading community cultural organisations, AFTRS, Screen Australia and state screen organisations: Screenwest, Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen ACT, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corp and Screen Territory.