Short films and music videos; for decades they were the only way for young writers and directors to get themselves noticed. Now, web series have become an ever-expanding medium for ambitious and capable young creatives.
Globally, commissions of original web series are common and locally, the funding bodies and networks are offering their support. “Bite-sized” short scripted drama and comedy content offer opportunities to stretch creativity and to get runs on the board and “cred” in the industry.
Three outstanding content creators with big credits in the web series world and now a success in “heritage” media, join the TV Talks panel to discuss their experience making web series in Australia and how it has shaped their careers in television.
Writer, Director and Actor
Ainsie Clouston is a Sydney based writer, director, creator and actor. Ainslie recently wrote for Network Ten’s new drama, Playing For Keeps, and is currently co-writing the pilot episode for the half-hour satirical comedy, Public Relations.
Ainslie makes up one-third of the creative team behind the 8 x 9’ web series 600 Bottles of Wine which she directed, script edited and co-edited. 600 Bottles of Wine is one of the earliest examples of an independently funded web series that premiered on BBC Three in a dually purposed 4 x 18’ format. The series is currently available on BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, TVNZ OnDemand and will soon be released on Network Ten, BBC One and BBC Two.
Producer, Writer and Director
Julie Kalceff is a graduate of AFTRS with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting and has been working in the film and television industry for over 15 years. Julie is the creator, writer, director and a producer of the international hit multi-platform drama Starting From Now. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects with over 110 million views, in over 230 countries, and was sold to and screened on broadcast television in Australia.
In 2017, Julie wrote and directed First Day, a children’s television episode about a 12 year-old transgender girl starting high school. First Day won the Gender Equity Prize at the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International Children’s Television Festival, 2018. Julie is currently adapting First Day into a series for the ABC.
In 2018, Julie was selected to participate in Screen Australia’s Talent USA Program that introduces the best emerging Australian talent to the international market. Julie will be teaching the Writing for Web Series Industry Certificate for AFTRS in 2019.
Monica Zanetti is an award-winning Australian screenwriter who comes from a DIY background. After writing the short films Guardian Elf and Young Labor and the Sydney Fringe Festival play Still Seeking Other, she went on to write the crowdfunded feature film Skin Deep and the web series Wellness White Girl Warrior. Monica has since worked in the writers rooms for Jungle & Comedy Central and was recently a writer on the Network Ten drama, Sisters, and writer-producer on the ABC2 show Tonightly with Tom Ballard.
Craig Anderson is a producer/director who creates online content for little money. At the same time, he works in the hilarious doldrums of broadcast television for maximum cash. You might know him for his work on Double The Fist, Review With Myles Barlow, Black Comedy and most recently as the series producer of Screen Australia/ABC’s Freshblood.
In the online sphere, Craig has sold comedy to iView, Fairfax and a horror film to US Netflix. He’s also produced a bunch of content with the Australia’s biggest Instagram personality Celeste Barber.
MC: Andrew Garrick
MC Andrew Garrick has spent the majority of his working life making things with the hope of moving people. He currently works with the lovely folks at Screentime across development and production, having co-created and executive produced Tonightly for ABC Comedy, building the craziness of a daily comedy show from the ground up.
Andrew makes TV and ads and all sorts of fun stuff and has a long list of credits producing and directing campaigns for clients like Mamamia, Westpac, Formula 1, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Opera Australia, Target and heaps of others, it’s all about the same thing: making difficult things in a fun way. He’s also the Managing Director of Zedtown, a live zombie apocalypse experience for thousands at a time (yeah, it’s pretty fun) which has recently expanded from Australia into the USA, and beyond. www.zedtown.com.
Andrew teaches Storytelling for Business for the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
About TV Talks
TV Talks is a free networking event for the TV industry. It is an opportunity to watch, listen and laugh along with a panel of engaging industry guests with some good, old-fashioned networking afterwards. One Tuesday of each month, February through to November. RSVP is essential.