Screen Territory is committed to providing and promoting upskilling opportunities for Northern Territory Screen Practitioners. Below are workshops and masterclasses currently being offered to our stakeholders and don’t miss out on the NT on Screen Week this September for special Q&As and industry activities.

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  • About the NIDA workshop program

    Screen Territory and Arts NT have launched an ambitious new partnership with Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to boost skills and professional development for Territorians across the creative industries.

    The collaboration between Screen Territory and Arts NT is a landmark initiative as the first time that two state or territory agencies in the Australian screen and arts sectors have collaborated to provide training opportunities across both sectors.

    The program will present a series of face-to-face NIDA training courses in specific areas designed to fill skills shortages and build the talent pool of Territory creatives and production professionals including screen practitioners, theatre and live events staff, performing arts, publicity and promotion.

    The NIDA courses will be held in the Darwin region. You can enrol for the courses below on the National Institute of Dramatic Art website. An enrolment cost applies.

    Acting Technique  Extend vocal range and find physical freedom through the exploration of fundamental voice and movement technique. Work as an ensemble to develop creative spontaneity and explore improvisation and impulse work. Explore and apply appropriate vocal, physical and acting techniques to a variety of texts 4 to 8 April 2022
    Acting Technique for Screen Explore visual storytelling and relationship to camera as you develop an understanding of acting for screen. Rehearse and film a scene.
    Pre-requisite: Prior experience or attendance at Acting Technique course in April.
    9 to 13 May 2022
    Producing for Stage and Screen A comprehensive exploration of what is required to be a successful producer. Understand the producer’s role including pitching ideas, funding applications, budgets, production scheduling, cast and crew management and marketing 16 to 20 May 2022
    Directing Actors for Screen Under the supervision of a professional director, work with actors to investigate variety of methods by which to explore text and elicit outstanding screen performances 6 to 10 June 2022
    Writing for the Screen Explore the unique medium of storytelling for screen. Practice skills in script writing and create drama through structure, dialogue and character. Consider industry requirements for formats and styles from feature films to television series. 27 June to 1 July 2022
    Screen Acting on Location Rehearse and perform scenes from contemporary film and TV and gain confidence in acting boldly but honestly for the camera on location. Follow industry standard shooting practices with an industry professional tutor in the cinematic surrounds of some of Darwin’s iconic landscapes. Pre-requisite: Prior experience or attendance at Acting Technique for Screen in May. 25 to 29 July 2022
    Props Making Design, sculpt, mould and finish props for use in either stage or film and develop the technical and artistic knowledge to bring your prop ideas to life 15 to 19 August 2022
    The Confident Voice
    Learn to connect voice, breath and body and discover the confidence to speak freely. Learn technical vocal processes to improve your vocal dexterity and explore the relationship between voice and imagination. Apply your vocal skills to a variety of texts and contexts so you can communicate your intention with clarity. 19 to 23 September 2022
    Make-up for Screen Discover how make-up and hair play a part in creating believable characters for stage and screen. Experiment with styling and application techniques and learn how to create special effects that have dramatic impact. 10 to 11 October 2022
    Costume Design Essentials Develop original character designs for stage or screen with practical exercises that build skills and inspire visual excellence as a storyteller and collaborator 27 to 28 October 2022
    Audition Prep and Screen Tests Discover how to get an audition, what kinds of scenes to choose and how to best prepare for the audition process. Screen test effectively and follow direction. 16 to 17 November 2022

    Note: Screen Territory, NIDA and ArtsNT reserve the right to change the dates and course content below at any time.

  • Darwin International Film Festival & The Australian Cinematographers Society


    The Panavision Creative & Technical Workshops


    Friday 23 September at Charles Darwin University

    Session 1
    11am – 2 pm Workshop for creatives and non-technical filmmaking roles

    Session 2
    3 – 7pm Worksop for cinematographers, camera operator and camera department

    Panavision workshop camera

    Supported by Screen Territory

    Panavision, a world leader in camera equipment rentals for the screen industry, are coming to Darwin to deliver two collaborative camera workshops for local filmmakers. -class

    For nearly a decade Panavision has developed educational workshops for a variety of film crew members, cinematographers, creatives and producers, encompassing early to mid-career filmmakers.

    These workshops have been created specifically for technical (Cinematographers/AC’s/Post Production roles etc.) and non-technical roles (Directors/Producers).

    Nicolas Godoy will run the courses. Nic joined Panavision in 1999 and has over 23 years of experience working in technical and consultant roles across varied sectors of the Film and TV industry. As National TVC Marketing Manager for Panavision Australia, Nic heads educational workshops, mentoring and film support service for Cinematographers, Directors, and Producers, within the areas of Feature Films, Drama Series, and TVCs. Nic also represents Panavision industry partnership initiatives and grants with societies, guilds, and screen agencies.

    Panavison workshop studio

    Description of each workshop

    Workshops for Creatives and Non-Technical Filmmaker Roles (medium to highly experienced):

    • Explain modern camera and lens technology used in Features, Series and TVCs about creativity and the basic technical requirements to communicate effectively with DOPs/Producers/Agencies.
    • Understand film language, story-telling through a lens and the techniques used.
    • Hands-on tutorial with Panavision Cameras and lenses and explanation of the reasons its technology is used in Films, TV series and TVCs worldwide.
    • Provide insight into Panavision’s role in the film industry for the past 63 years. Share knowledge on our experiences and how we have contributed to the global Film industry.
    • Provide a free online technical reference library for all attendees.
    • Give an insight of future trends in technology advancements in large format, 4K and HDR Deliveries.
    • Recommendation of strategies to avoid budget pitfalls.
    • WorkshopsforTechnicalRoles (experienced):
    • Provide current filmmaking trends and update of technology advancements in the Film and TV Industry.
    • Update on current Large Format technology, 4K, UHD, HDR advancements and Deliveries for Netflix and other streaming platforms.
    • Technical breakdown of Motion Picture lens characteristics and its evolution over the last 60 years.
    • Show samples of TVCs and explain how the technology relates to the creative elements of each project.

    To book your ticket to the workshop visit:

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Frequently asked questions

What is the entry criteria?

Course enrolment is open to people over 18 years old and additional criteria will be available on the enrolment page.

Certain courses, such as the Acting courses held later in 2022 or the Make-Up for Screen course, requires the application to have existing training or experience; or alternatively to have attended the initial pre-requisite courses held in April. This will be advised upon the enrolment page for the course in question.

How many spaces are available in the workshops?

Class numbers are capped at 16 people to ensure focused delivery and quality of experience. We anticipate a high level of interest and encourage you to enrol as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Who is teaching the courses?

Courses are taught in-person by teaching artists from NIDA; all of whom are highly experienced professionals. All teaching artists are working professionals within the screen and theatre sectors and teach either on NIDA’s Batchelor of Fine Arts Programs or Open Program

How much are the courses worth and what is the cost to the participant?

While enrolments in a 5-day NIDA course costs $625 per person, Screen Territory and Arts NT are subsidising enrolments for interested Northern Territorians to assist with upskilling of NT creatives and pathways to employment.

  • Registration cost per person for a 5-day workshop is $85.
  • Registration cost per person for a 2-day workshop is $50.

Please note that these registrations fees are non-refundable and non-attendance at any of the courses will be taken into consideration for any further registrations.

Where do I register?

All enrolments can be made directly with the NIDA.

To register, go to the National Institute of Dramatic Art website.

Where will the workshops be held?

Workshops will be held at various locations in Darwin..

What is the length of course delivery on any given day?

Session times are 10am to 5pm daily.

If I live remote, is there any additional assistance?

Yes a limited number of grants will be available for attendees who need to travel to Darwin to attend the courses.

Screen Territory is offering a limited number of Travel Support - Skills Development Grants, up to $2,000. Please contact Screen Territory by email or phone 08 8999 6302 for further information and to discuss your eligibility.

Arts NT offers Quick Response Grants for up to $1,000 and Professional Development Grants up to $2,000 which cover workshop fees and travel cost to access arts activities and cultural opportunities at short notice.
For more information, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Applications for these assistance programs are through GrantsNT.