Screen Queensland Invests in Unique Pathways to Screen

Poster for Acropolisworld, to be directed by Dan Macarthur and produced by Mel Poole
Poster for Acropolisworld, to be directed by Dan Macarthur and produced by Mel Poole

Three Queensland teams will demonstrate their ability to deliver screen
content through new pathways thanks to Screen Queensland’s Proof of Concept
initiative.

The only initiative of its kind in Australia, Proof of Concept will
invest in four unique projects which pioneer new development processes and use
different means of building market and audience interest.

Screen Queensland’s acting CEO Jo Dillion said Screen Queensland is
proud to be backing filmmakers who are breaking new ground.

“Businesses striving to find novel and audience-driven pathways to produce and test screen content is something we are excited to be investing in.

“As traditional models continue to be disrupted, it’s important as an
industry that we support change-makers as they navigate new ways of finding and
building audiences, securing finance and selling projects,” said Ms Dillion.

Brisbane-based producer and distributor Danielle Redford will produce two podcast series for Amazon’s Audible: From Her Rib and Beyond Strange Lands, to demonstrate the value of using digital audio platforms to build audiences for screen stories.

“We have been evaluating the challenges facing independent filmmakers as
we develop our own scripts, looking at how we can utilise new story forms to
strengthen project value and build scalable audiences,” said Ms Redford.

“Screen Queensland’s support of innovative script-to-screen models
allows us to proactively address market issues in our creative approach, and
we’re thrilled for the opportunity to tell these stories in an exciting new
audio format with Audible.”

The other two projects to receive support through Proof of Concept are:

  • Inferno, a unique horror addressing parenthood
    fears that will be made as a live-action short to build market interest
  • Acropolisworld, an animated dieselpunk universe which
    will demonstrate its potential through the development of an animated pilot
    episode produced using motion capture technology coupled with a graphic novel.

Creator and Director of Acropolisworld, Dan Macarthur said their project has already started building traction with audiences via their website and social media platforms and will be propelled forward thanks to the Proof of Concept initiative.

“This funding will fast-track the next chapter of this transmedia
project that will debut as an animated series and graphic novel incorporating
augmented reality and move through to a feature trilogy,” explained
Macarthur.

All four short-form projects will now move into production to be
completed in 2020 ready for release to various target markets and moving these
stories closer to their full potential as either feature films or series.

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