Screen Canberra’s bespoke screen development program, proven to help you learn the process, perfect the project & pitch to producers.
To help you move faster and experience more success in the screen industry, Screen Canberra has developed what industry insiders believe is Australia’s most effective program for screen development; Screen POD.
During this five-month interactive program, we train you in proven development methods, helping you develop your projects. You will have multiple opportunities to learn, rehearse, and deliver a project pitch that articulates your intentions, and effectively connects with the market gatekeepers.
Whether you write for film, television, or you’re not entirely sure yet, Screen POD will help you maximise your creativity and your chances to find a buyer for your script.
Screen POD is a market driven program delivered in three streams: Process, Project, and Pitch.
Learn the discipline of writing for screen and hone your writing skills
Put the Process into practice with the assistance & guidance of a trained Developer
Learn how to pitch your developed concepts to market
We recommend that anyone who has not previously attended a Screen Canberra POD program, or anyone with limited screenwriting experience, take part in all three Screen POD program streams.
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SCREEN POD FAQ
WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES FOR SCREEN POD 2023?
Screen POD is due to commence on Saturday, 3 June 2023, with completion end of November at our annual Pitch Fest event.
WHAT IS SCREEN POD?
Screen POD is a format-agnostic and market driven program delivered in three streams: Process, Project, and Pitch.
- Process – focusing on learning the discipline of writing for screen.
- Project – putting the theory-based learning into practice – with the assistance and guidance of a trained Developer.
- Pitch – pitching developed concepts to market.
It is advised that people who haven’t previously attended POD, or have little screenwriting experience, take part in all three streams.
WHAT MARKET REPRESENTATIVES HAVE PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED THE POD PROGRAMS?
In the past, representatives from a range of different studios have attended, including:
Roadshow Rough Diamond
Odin’s Eye Entertainment
WHAT IS THE PAYMENT PROCESS?
Early Bird tickets (save $250) will be available from Monday, 20th of March and close Monday, 24th of April 2023 (or until allocation is exhausted).
Regular tickets will be available until Monday, 29th of May 2023 (or until allocation is exhausted).
Your payment must be made in a lump sum before the program begins on Saturday, 3rd of June 2023.
If you have any further queries about the payment process, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW IS THE PROGRAM DELIVERED?
Screen POD will be held online through secure Zoom sessions and access to a range of resources on our portal. You will also be connected to other POD members through a Discord channel.
CAN I DO PITCHING ONLY?
Yes. However, to qualify, you must have some proven industry experience or have previously completed at least two Screen PODs.
If you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
I’VE ALREADY DONE AN ACCELERATOR POD, IS THERE BENEFIT IN DOING SCREEN POD?
Screen POD has been redesigned to suit participants at different stages of their writing development. Having previously been format based (TV or film), Screen POD is now format-agnostic. Some returning participants use POD to bring a new project to the market-ready stage.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEVELOPER POD AND SCREEN POD?
Developer POD is an application-based program for evolving script developers. The ‘Developers’ are the team leaders who help assist and cultivate concept ideas with Screen POD participants.
I AM NOT ACT-BASED, CAN I APPLY FOR DEVELOPER POD?
Developer POD is open to nationwide applicants.
WHAT IF I MISS A SESSION?
All but a few sessions are recorded and accessible for you to catch-up later at your own pace – or rewatch!
IS THIS PROGRAM COVID-SAFE?
Previously taking place face-to-face, the program has been adapted to be COVID-safe and now takes place via an online classroom.
WHAT CONTACT HOURS CAN I EXPECT?
- Process; 1 hour every fortnight
- Project; 3-4 hours every fortnight – at the discretion of the Developer
- Pitching; 3 two-day sessions.
IS THERE OUT OF CONTACT HOURS WORK?
Yes, your in-progress development documents will be submitted throughout the course – these are to be completed within your own time.