Head of Film and TV Production here at JMC Academy Jennifer Ussi has been selected as one of the five Queensland writers to take their projects to 37ºSouth: PostScript&Direct in Melbourne next month.
Jen was chosen earlier this year as part of another initative SQ Projector
which lead to her involvement in this.
The Screen Queensland (SQ) Projector is basically about SQ funding the development of her feature film script “The Mahpa’s Secret” through a series of workshops and private consulting hours with this amazing script consultant, Wendall Thomas. The aim is to get it ready for the 37 South Market in Melbourne at the end of July.
"It’s really great that Screen Queensland are supporting me for this. The new grant that SQ have so generously chosen me for is for me to attend a series of meetings with Producers at the market. They (MIFF) set up the meetings over one afternoon, and writers or directors (in my case, I’m a writer/director) pitch our projects to the producers. It’s a fabulous opportunity to get more traction for our scripts."
"I’m very excited about the development of the script. I have gone through two completely new drafts since the initiative started, and it’s an arduous process of writing, re writing and then writing again. But at each stage I know that the story is developing, the characters are developing, and the structure is getting stronger and stronger. This script has actually been my passion project for many, many years, but the timing was never right. It’s the perfect timing now, so I’m excited to get it out into the world. "
"I believe very strongly that a strong script is the foundation of all films
, and this initiative is really helping me to get the script as strong as it can possibly be. I have to be honest and say that I’m constantly nagging my students to push their scripts by writing and rewriting, never being satisfied with just okay, and I think that is one of the main reasons they make such great grad films – the foundation – the script – is very strong. I love to see the process they go through when I teach
. It’s one of the main reasons I went into teaching at JMC – helping a new generation of storytellers TELL their stories. It’s exciting and it’s very challenging."
"The whole industry is very challenging. But I believe that if you give 110%, be brave, persistent, detail orientated and never give up, you can truly achieve your dream of being a storyteller."
Thank you Jen and we wish you the best of luck.
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