“A Pitching for Screen Lab” - During this in-person session, you’ll work with Elias Jamieson Brown and the other participating artists to workshop your ideas for television or film. Together, you’ll learn how to:

- Package your screen concept
- Refine your elevator pitch
- Approach producers
- How to navigate the negotiation process as you option your first screen story.

This lab is a practical guide for new, emerging, and established storytellers who want to sell their ideas to the screen industry.

Participating artists will come to the Pitching for Screen Lab with a story idea they’re hoping to explore for the screen. The story idea may be for the small screen or for film, and the idea can be at any stage of conception.

Participants do not need to feel committed to their story idea - simply come to the lab with a rough concept in mind, a logline, a draft synopsis, or even a draft script. Elias will work with the participating artists to crystallise their story ideas and refine their elevator pitch.

Participants will learn how to develop a pitch deck and create their own individual strategy for how they might approach producers to option their work. This lab will benefit emerging and early career writers, as well as storytellers who work in other mediums such as performers, authors, and playwrights.

 

About the Artist:

Elias Jamieson Brown is an actor and writer of screen and stage. In 2023, he optioned two original screen shows as series creator and showrunner: the horror series Norfolk to producer Carly Heaton at Fremantle Media (Heartbreak High), and the dark comedy Cute Aggression to Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw at Carver Films (Relic, Snowtown).

Previously, he was selected for Ron Howard’s screen career accelerator Impact Australia, where he worked with his mentor Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral). As a playwright, his mainstage debut Green Park, directed by Declan Greene, returned for Sydney Festival after a critically acclaimed premiere at Griffin Theatre Company. It was nominated for Best Mainstage Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

He holds a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Acting for Screen and Stage) from Charles Sturt University. He directed Claire Sara and Sancia Robinson in two sold-out seasons of Chloe Moss’ This Wide Night at The Burrow in Fitzroy. He executive produced and co-wrote the feature film Ambrosia, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Gulf of Naples Festival and Best Cinematography at the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival.

As an actor, he appears in lead roles in the indie features Ambrosia and The Interlude, and the horror short The Madman with Lighting in His Hands, for which he received the 2020 Chicken and Chips Casting Award for Best Male Performance. He is represented by Cameron’s Management.


Participant Requirements:
  • Participants must arrive on time but are welcome to leave as they choose.
  • Materials to bring:  a laptop, a notepad and pen, and a story idea at any stage of development.

Credits: Griffin Green Park Rehearsal 
Photographer: Brett Boardman

Elias Jamieson Brown discussing creating his play 'Green Park' for Griffin Theatre Company.

Elias Jamieson Brown on the process of creating A House On A Street In A Valley Called Gomorrah.


ACCESS REQUIREMENTS 

If you have access requirements for attending the show, please tick the access requirements box during the booking process. This includes booking companion card tickets. A Brand X team member will then be in touch to ensure we understand your requirements. If you require an interpreter, or would like to contact someone about access, please email [email protected]

HOW TO GET THERE
  • Train: Town Hall Station 2-minute walk.
  • L7.9 Light Rail: 2-5 minute walk from light rail platforms
  • Bus: 5 minute walk from Elizabeth Street, Stand C and D
  • Car: Wilson Parking, 14 Wilmot St, Sydney or Meriton Suite Parking, 100 Bathurst St, Sydney.

REGISTER FOR A BUILDING TOUR

We would love to show you around the City of Sydney Creative Studios. Come 30 minutes before the session starts and we'll show you our Performance, Music, Digital and Visual arts spaces. Email [email protected] to register your interest.

EXCHANGES AND REFUNDS

Want to cancel your ticket? Please email us at [email protected]. If you purchased a ticket, we can refund your tickets minus transaction fees of 1.75% + 30c. Please cancel/refund your ticket no less than 24 hours prior to workshop commencement. 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.



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Saturday June 22, 11am - 4pm

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