Today at uni, the first seminar in the wanted seminar series was held. The subject was "Non-Fiction" and the guests included Terry Cantwell, Genevieve Bailey, John Hughes and Maya Gnyp, all relevant figures in the documentary film industry in Australia. The first portion of the seminar was dedicated to introducing the guests. I was glad to discover that the guests ranges from different roles and came from different sized production companies. Because of the scope of the guests, we were able to learn and ask questions that pertained to different areas of the industry, from producing to funding to editing and distributing. For this reason, I rated the seminar highly.
Genevieve Bailey (Creator of I Am Eleven) spoke of her experience funding her film out of pocket and turning her initial idea into a huge success over the past nine years. When she endeavoured to create the film, she was considered a newcomer in the industry so she faced some difficulties. The final film, which is amazing by the way, is directed, edited by Genevieve herself and she even distributed it, too. Wow! It was interesting to hear about the contrast between someone like her and then John Hughes, who has a long track record of industry work.
I really enjoyed the structure of the seminar also. After we heard about each of the guests, they were given a pitch and each asked how they'd tackle the idea.
"Find something you connect with and tell that story in the context of the bigger picture" - Maya Gnyp
"Ask yourself: Do you want to make this film for yourself or for an audience? How are you going to reach them?" -Genevieve Bailey
After the seminar I also have a bunch of documentary films to add to my watch list. So I don't forget the films are:
In Bob We Trust
The Man Who Jumped
A Nun's New Habit
Go Back to Where You Came From
The seminar was also hosted very well and the guests and MC did a great job of keeping the content engaging and relevant to us. The trail mix was ace too!