Wow, what an incredible, life changing experience for all of us!
I’m so proud of her! As an actor, friend, human being!
It was such a joy to get to spend so much quality time with Valerie McCaffrey and Milton Justice!
I, myself, learned so much from watching them work with actors – I can’t wait to apply my new insights and approaches in the coming weeks as I direct this feature here in North Carolina!
In the writing tracts, we really had a ball! I adored my students! Hysterical Gordon Nelson from Melbourne, beautiful and sweet Soraya Spiers from London and smart and strong Elise Frances from Narrabeen – what a wonderful, intimate way to develop our art and craft. I so enjoyed hearing about all of your projects and helping you develop them as you learned new approaches, strategies and ways of working and thinking! So funny that no one could ever find the writers ’cause we were never in our class! We were out at the beach, in a cafe, on the grass – c’mon, we’re writers! They’re lucky we weren’t napping or in a pub! 🙂
But we had some fun, eh? Individual and group creative writing exercises, studying clips from brilliant contemporary genre films for nonlinear storytelling, games, learning about structure and how to hone your scripts and make them pop off the page. I know you all learned so much – and taught me so much. Thank you for all your giving and sharing – and all your hard work! Neither of the other tracts had “homework” for every break, eh!? 🙂
I loved when we braided the three tracts and merged in with the actors and directors for business classes – PowerNetworking, especially! What an eye opener, eh? 🙂 What a challenge it was for all of us to “real world” fresh new material up on its feet! For the writers to have to write under a surprise deadline with such specific casting parameters and for the directors to work with actors to rehearse in such a short time period and for us all to see these works in progress up on the stage! Bravo to all of you for being brave enough to push through each of your respective crafts to really learn how collaborative this process is! I think everyone got a renewed appreciation for everyone else’s jobs/challenges/gifts!
Wildly creative sci fi fan, Paul Nicholson and ever-helpful Richard Halpin rounded out the Directing group with Jeanene and director/actor Jo Clark from Auckland, New Zealand, a fast new friend out there hustling all afresh and anew! Good for you!
And the actors! Wow! How much fun to get to know all of you! I’ll be rooting for all of you! Beautiful and talented PhD’d Hanna Cliff, from Brisbane, and ever-talented Kiri Basner-Churches – both fresh-faced youths on the brink of great careers! Awesome veteran Paul Tassone (from the Blue Mountains I never got to see! Our “touring” was limited to the airport and bridges – oh, and the top of the opera house – four times as we passed by! “There it is again!”) We have to figure out, Paul, how to get you legal to act in my movie here in North Carolina! 🙂
Gosh, I wish I could post photos and reels of you all! Wonderful Breigh Foughy, so charming and delightful! Estelle Giraud from Perth, Talia Zucker, Dinka Dzubur and Deborah Jourdain – I loved seeing all of you work! What a delight! I wish I’d had more time with all of you!
Thank you all for sharing, for learning, for listening and for being such a wonderful student body in such a spectacularly beautiful place!
I hope we all get to do it again next year! And the next and the next! 🙂 Maybe we’ll swap between New Zealand and Oz? 🙂 and maybe Valerie, Milton and I’ll actually get to see some of your beautiful country!? 😉 Or at least: SLEEP! 😉
Best to you all!
And thank you!