Week #2 - Going Global
40 MONTHS AGO
Week 2 is over and we're 10% Boosted! Thanks to everyone who got behind us so far. Some very exciting news and updates below:
KEA PARTNERS WITH ONESHOT
We're thrilled to announce that Kea New Zealand are partnering with Oneshot to help us promote "Encounters". Kea helps the 1 million Kiwis living offshore remain connected with home and each other, enabling them to share and leverage global experience, knowledge and opportunities. Given Oneshot's goal to promote our screen talent internationally, we're excited to have the help of the Kea community in promoting our emerging talent to the world and hopefully working with them to bring "Encounters" to a screen near them!
SPOTLIGHT ON: CHAZ HARRIS
Over the next few weeks we'll be profiling each of our filmmakers in a series of interviews in print and video. In this week's 'Spotlight On' the focus is Oneshot co-founder Chaz Harris who has a working background in the development team at Miramax Films and at Ruby Films which is run by Oscar-nominated Producer Alison Owen (Sufragette/Saving Mr. Banks/Elizabeth). To read the full interview visit our website here.
"YOU CAN'T BE MY GIRL" PREVIEW
A new and exclusive clip from Sina Leasuasu's romantic comedy segment "You Can't Be My Girl" has just been released and can now be seen here.
BEHIND ONESHOT: SELECTION
Blog contributed by Jono Harris
The search for directors to be involved with the project began this time last year. Producers Chaz and Conan had an interest in promoting gender equality and ideally wanted to achieve a 50/50 split of male and female directors.
This was one of the challenges faced in early stages of production, as it was hard to find female directors to ask in the first place. In an industry where key creative roles are so male dominated, finding people through networks alone became difficult. The Producers also thought it important to be showcasing as many different styles as possible.
To find them, Chaz and Conan started by reaching out to their own networks and some of the participants of Wellington-based Sandpit: Script Workshops which they are a part of. After announcing the project more publicly and seeking expressions of interest, they then had to look at who felt suitable in terms of availability, talent and alignment with the vision and approach of the project.
Eventually, they narrowed it down to six male and six female directors, who were all keen to be involved. Unfortunately, one of the female directors had to pull out and a male director who had already asked to be on the waitlist was allowed to take her place. This skewed things to 41% (5:7), which is still sadly a remarkably better statistic than the 9% of films directed by women globally.
The rest of the selection process, quite by accident, resulted in a representation of diverse voices including Pacific Island, Maori and Thai along with two LGBT filmmakers in the lineup.
What was important in the selected participants was for the directors to be passionate emerging artists with interesting creative voices. They also needed to willing and able to collaborate with others along with delivering professional quality films.
"It's better to have a great team, than a team of greats" ~ Simon Sinek
The Oneshot Collective filmmakers featured in "Encounters" are Jane Fletcher, Luke Ruscoe, Constance Gervasi, Bea Joblin, AJ Murtagh, Fern Karun, Scott Milligan, Isaac Cleland, Sina Leasuasu, Will Agnew, Chaz Harris and Conan McKegg.
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