Screen NSW, with principal partner Screen Australia, event partner Vivid Sydney and strategic partner Sydney Film Festival, recently hosted INSIDE OUT / OUTSIDE IN, a three day seminar (4 – 6 June) with respected US producers and developers Meg LeFauve and Sheila Hanahan Taylor.
The seminar was overwhelmingly popular, with a full house on all three days, and a waiting list of over 100 people.
LeFauve and Hanahan Taylor shared their insights into the strategy, creativity and craft of developing compelling feature films by interrogating the development of a script first from the “Inside Out” – thematic, character, emotional drive, plot – and then from the “Outside In” – trailers, posters, audience, marketplace, financing, showing the impact of every decision.
Industry feedback has been glowing, with participants left inspired to think laterally and try new approaches with their projects.
Clips from Day 3 of the seminar, which focused on the craft and structure of thrillers, will be uploaded onto the Screen NSW Resources page in the next few weeks to act as a resource for the wider industry.
Both based in Los Angeles, Meg LeFauve and Sheila Hanahan Taylor are working producers with years of experience in the US studio and indie film worlds. Hanahan Taylor most recently Executive Produced Final Destinations 5 – which grossed over $160million worldwide - and has produced or collaborated on numerous studio films, including Cats and Dogs and the American Pie franchise. LeFauve, an advisor at the Sundance lab, is the former president of Jodie Foster’s Egg Pictures, and her films have been nominated for a Golden Globe, an Emmy and an IFP Spirit Award.