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IndiVision Project Lab 2005

UPDATE - The First Year
The results of the first IndiVision Project Lab have been strong. Of the nine projects at various stages of development that were selected for the lab held in Feb 05, three have raised their finance and been shot, two have been selected for Spaamart and attracted strong market interest, and the remaining four have delivered strong drafts, and will soon be ready to go to market.

In detail, three lab projects have gone on to devise unique production methodologies for their projects, completely raising their finance, and shooting the projects for budgets under $2 million. Caterpillar Wish, an emotional tale from writer/director Sandra Scibberras, undertook an ambitious location shoot with a substantial cast. It shot on super 16mm, in 23 days, and looks far more expensive than its budget. Producer Kate Whitbread financed the film with a cocktail of private investment, state financing, local distribution advance, and money from the IndiVision Production Fund. She used ideas from the lab to strategize her spend, and get maximum value on the screen. The film will be released by Palace in the second half of 2006.

West, an edgy urban drama from writer/director Daniel Krige, shot on HD in 25 days in October 2005, is currently in post. Producers Matt Reeder and Anne Robinson used strategies from the lab to lower the budget and bring the tight shoot in on schedule, while delivering the resources Daniel needed to capture strong performances.

The Heartbreak Tour, a witty contemporary short feature from writer/director Ben Chessell, was a guest project at the 2005 lab, where the team received feedback on the script which helped them take it to the next level. The Lab shooting days also gave them the opportunity to try out some interesting casting ideas that eventually bore fruit in the film. Producers Joanna Werner and Jason Byrne discussed their strategies for keeping the ensemble cast, inner-city road movie, low-budget and picked up some financing and marketing strategies for their future feature projects at the lab.

Lou, from writer/director Belinda Chayko and producers Michael McMahon and Tony Ayres, and Life for Life, by writer Martin Edmond and producer/directors Pauline Chan and Penelope MacDonald, were selected for Spaamart 05 where they received strong market interest. They will both be financing in early 2006.

Check out the IndiVision News for further updates on IndiVision projects, screenings and labs.

INDIVISION PROJECT LAB 2005
February 2005 launched the inaugural seven-day IndiVision Project Lab with eight exciting filmmaking teams from around the country. The Lab focused on script and performance as the hallmark of successful low-budget features. There were general sessions on inventive approaches to making low-budget features along with directing, producing and distributing them in the marketplace. There were also individual project sessions with leading local and international advisors on script development, performance with actors and cinematic storytelling.

Inside the IndiVision Project Lab: advisors Josh Zeman, Rumle Hammerich and David Field; and participants Daniel Krige and Kate Whitbread share their experiences

Internationally acclaimed local filmmakers participating in the Lab included Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby, The Tracker, Alexandra's Project), and Chris Noonan (Vietnam, Police State, Babe).

The eight teams selected to participate in the first IndiVision Project Lab in February 2005 were:

Cedar Boys - p: Daniella Ortega, w/d: Serhat Caradee
Hope - p: Jo Weatherstone, w/d: Damien Power
West - p: Matt Reeder and Anne Robinson, w/d: Daniel Krige
Lou - p: Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres, w/d: Belinda Chayko
The Ballad of Tui Lee - p: Penelope McDonald, w: Martin Edmond, d: Pauline Chan and Penelope McDonald
The Shelter - p: Lizzette Atkins, w/d: Sam MacGeorge
Warm Blood - p: Rohan Timlock, Lynn-Maree Milburne, w/d: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
The Caterpillar Wish - p: Kate Whitbread, w/d: Sandra Sciberras.

The closing date for the next round of the Project Lab is 2 September 2005. See Strand F1 - Low Budget Feature Development for further details.


See Also

Inside the 2005 IndiVision Project Lab: advisors Josh Zeman, Rumle Hammerich and David Field; and participants Daniel Krige and Kate Whitbread share their experiences
Stellar line-up for IndiVision Project Lab
Caterpillar Wish first IndiVision Lab film financed











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The cast of West
(left to right) Michael Dorman, Nathan Phillips, GIllian Alexy, Khan Chittenden


Actor Victoria Thaine in the IndiVision feature Caterpillar Wish


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Performance advisor David Field and producer Anne Robinson


Co-director Pauline Chan and co-producer Penelope McDonald at IndiVision Project Lab 2005


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Producing advisor Joshua Zeman


Serhat Caradee workshopping with actors on Cedar Boys at IndiVision Project Lab 2005


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