Wanted Seminar 3: Femme Fatale

The third seminar in the Wanted Series was the Femme Fatale, women in the media industry seminar. I was really looking forward to this one as the promo video was pretty spectacular along with all their other promotional material. I loved that they had such a diverse range of guests too, with Jenni Tosi CEO of film Victoria,  Brodie Lancaster a writer and Elizabeth McCarthy producer at 3RRR.

To begin this seminar there was a quiz that posed questions regarding stats about women in the media industry, asking the audience to vote for the answers they thought were right. This quiz was a perfect way of establishing the tone of the seminar and contextualising the scope of women in the media industry. In terms of staging the use of a raised platform was very clever as it allowed the guests to be so much more easily viewed by the audience. Michael Kean was also a fabulous host, he kept the show running seamlessly. I thought his explanation as to why he, a male, was the host was a really good one.

I gained quite a lot from the content of the seminar. I enjoyed hearing about the guests experiences and struggles to become so successful and it made me realise that even today it can still be a struggle for women to make it within the industry. It also emphasised the importance of remaining strong and confident and not letting things bring you down or deflate you. Overall I felt like this seminar was very successful and I was quite impressed.


Wanted Seminar 4: Reel Crimes

This week’s wanted seminar was entitled Reel Crimes and was about the Australian film industry. There were three guests Nadia Tass a producer, Trevor Blainey a director and Veronica Gleeson of Screen Australia; a very diverse and interesting panel of guests.  The set-up was quite simplistic and clever presenting it like a panel with a long table and guests seated behind with name tags in front of them.  3 initial things I noticed about this seminar was the lack of theme in the setup, the audio issues which made it difficult to hear the speakers at times and also the fact that the host managed to get Veronic Gleeson’s title wrong which I thought seemed semi-unprofessional.

The content of the seminar was really good. I thought Nadia was fabulous and inspiring as she discussed her efforts to get funding for her films, such a legend! There was a real awkward tension between Nadia and Veronica however, as it was very clear that Nadia was slightly anti screen Australia oh and plot twist one of Nadia’s films was one of Veronica’s all time favs. One of the most important tips I picked up from this seminar and something that I think has been reiterated over the past few seminars, was the importance of having a vision  for the story you want to tell and passion for that vision. As without the passion and vision it will be  very hard to convince people to give you funds to make your work. Nadia also expressed the importance if making the film with the budget you have, which can be done by working out the essence of the shots you need and finding a way  to cheat them.

The format definitely could have been more unique and interesting but overall I thought that the content of this seminar was really informative, and liked that they expressed that there is no reason why you can’t make it in the Australian film industry; its just all about the approach you take.