Writers on Wednesdays: Writing for YouTube
Join Michael Shanks, whose hit series Wizards of Aus received more than one million hits on YouTube before being picked up by SBS, to find out all the tips and tricks of writing for the web.
What are the practical skills you need to write and direct a webisode (and how do you get them)? Can your idea really become an internet sensation, and a potential route to writing for television? Find out the answers to these, and a host of other questions in this short workshop.
You will learn
• how a writing/directing career can transition from the web to broadcast TV
• the challenges of moving from short form to long form, from guerrilla productions to slightly-less-guerrilla productions
• the practical skills you need to become a one-person web series machine
• Post-production on a budget, or how Michael filmed 36 weeks of visual effects on The Wizards of Aus while living in his mum's basement
This workshop develops employment-related skills.
This workshop is Auslan Interpreted.
About Michael Shanks
Michael Shanks curates the popular YouTube channel Timtimfed which features a variety of high concept film and comedy content, and has over 35,000,000 online hits. A multi-faceted filmmaker, he is an award-winning writer, director, musician & visual effects artist. Most recently, he created the SBS2 series The Wizards of Aus which he also directed, co-wrote, acted in, composed and VFX’d for.
Writers on Wednesdays
Read more about our Writers on Wednesdays events:
Writers on Wednesdays: The Narratives of Climate Change, 25 January
Writers on Wednesdays: Time Management for Writers, 22 February
Writers on Wednesdays: Feminist Writing, 26 April
Writers on Wednesdays: Making a Book, 31 May
Writers on Wednesdays: The State of the Sector, 28 June
Writers on Wednesdays: Funemployed - Living with yourself as a writer, 26 July