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Filming in times of COVID

Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 10:00 AM AEDT

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NSW producers share their experiences filming under COVID-19 conditions.

Producer and moderator – Yingna Lu (Love Bug) – will be joined by producers Fiona Eagger (Every Cloud Productions), Ally Henville (Wakefield, Doctor Doctor), and Sam Jennings (Causeway Films). The panel will share their experiences managing COVID Safe productions, the impacts on the creative aspects of the project. They will also offer practical advice regarding COVID Safe plans, with best practice on set, and reflections on successes and challenges. 

This webinar will be live-captioned.



Yingna Lu (Moderator)

Yingna Lu is a producer for film, TV and digital. As a former senior producer at Sydney creative agency, Paper Moose, she created conventional TVCs, and facilitated acclaimed experiential installations for brands. One of her proudest achievements was helping to build a multi-platform event called We’re All Going to Die Festival in 2018, which used death to reframe life perspectives.

She was a SPA Ones to Watch Producer in 2016 and was awarded the Screen Internship where she worked in the Canadian film/TV industry. She has three Vimeo staff-picked videos for music videos and film. Her short, Tangles and Knots screened at Berlin, SXSW, Sydney Film Festival, MIFF, Palm Springs, Flickerfest (winning Best Directed) and was a AACTA Best Short Film nominee. Recently she released a funded IGTV short series called Love Bug, and is now in development on a scripted comedy podcast, a RevLover/Easy Tiger anthology show, a sci fi web series for Dust, and is smashing out her first writing piece, Hair which is being developed with Screen Australia. She hailed from the UTS Media Arts and Production course, is a casual external assessor at Screen Australia and occasionally transforms into a yoga teacher on the weekend.

Fiona Eagger

Fiona Eagger is among Australia’s most experienced and successful television producers. With astute creative, entrepreneurial and production expertise, Fiona founded Every Cloud Productions in 2009 with Deb Cox and quickly cemented a reputation for high quality and popular TV drama. This included co-creating, producing & executive producing three seasons of the runaway international success, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which has sold to more than 170 territories around the world.

Other Every Cloud productions Fiona has steered include legal-drama Newton’s Law, Indigenous series – The Gods of Wheat Street, AACTA-winning youth drama Deadlock, Miss Fisher spin-off – Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, theatrical feature Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, and ratings hit SeaChange. Most recently Fiona executive produced mystery drama, Eden, and comedy feature, A Sunburnt Christmas, for premium SVOD platform Stan. 

Ally Henville

With over three decades in the Australian production industry, Ally Henville’s list of credits span feature films and over 240 hours of television drama.

Most recently Ally produced the highly anticipated ABC/BBC Studios, eight-part drama series Wakefield, and is currently in production on the fifth season of Doctor Doctor, having successfully produced its fourth season in 2019.

Previously, Ally line-produced the Tim Minchin starrer Upright, the Netflix/ABC drama Pine Gap, and three seasons of Australia’s favourite drama Doctor Doctor. Other notable projects include three series of Dance Academy, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, series one and two of In Your Dreams, the second series of Wonderland, A gURLs wURLd, the multi award winning series Ready for This, and Here Come the Habibs.  

As Production Manager, her television credits include the ABC telemovie Marriage Acts, selected episodes of Love is a Four Letter Word, the mini-series The Farm, ChangiFireflies, and Blue Water High (Series 1, 2 and 3), as well as the multi award winning feature film Radiance, starring Deborah Mailman and directed by Rachel Perkins, and Gillian Armstrong’s acclaimed feature-length documentary Not Fourteen Again.

From 1998 to 2007, Ally was Production Manager across numerous ABC children’s shows including Race Around the Corner, Mixy, Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles!, The Wiggles: Wiggle Bay and The Wiggles: Woo Hoo Wiggly Gremlins, Creature Features,  and the iconic Australian children’s television shows Play School and Bananas in Pyjamas.

Sam Jennings

Sam Jennings has held numerous senior positions at Australian screen agencies including Development Executive at Screen Australia and Development & Production Executive at Screen NSW, overseeing projects including The Rocket and Redfern Now. Having previously produced short films including Deluge, which won the Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand, in 2014 Sam joined forces with Kristina Ceyton as a partner in Causeway Films.

Sam produced Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, which was Australia’s first Netflix Original feature film, receiving five AACTA-award nominations and a Satellite Awards Nomination for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.

Sam also produced Rodd Rathjen’s debut feature Buoyancy, world premiering at the 2019 Berlinale. Buoyancy won Best Indie Feature Film at the 2019 AACTA Awards, Best Youth Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and was Australia’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2020 Academy Awards®.

This year, Sam is producing fine artist Del Kathryn Barton’s feature debut Blaze starring Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Josh Lawson, and Sundance winner Goran Stolevksi's You Won't Be Alone starring Noomi Rapace, Alice Englert and Annamaria Marinca, to be distributed worldwide by Focus Features, before heading into production on Racka Racka’s first feature early next year.

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