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Venture Taranaki Film How To series

Taranaki is the New Zealand home of Tropfest - the world's largest short film festival.

To help budding filmmakers realise their masterpiece, Venture Taranaki has created this How To series with advice from some of the most experienced figures in the New Zealand film industry. Covering everything from pre-production to funding, the clips focus on short film making, with specific relevance to the Tropfest festival, but are universally applicable to film as a whole, providing pearls of wisdom from industry insiders.

Venture Taranaki Film How To 1: Pre-production
Part one in VT's Film How To series looks at pre-production. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 2: What makes a good story
Part Two in the series investigates the elements behind a really good story. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 3: Story boards
A good story board is critical to a good shoot. Learn the secrets from the professionals. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 4: What makes a happy production
Part four gives experienced insight into all those little things that make for a happy and harmonious production. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 5: Actors and Acting
Part five in the series recognises the critical importance of actors and acting to your film’s success Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 6: Directing
Part six looks at directing your production Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 7: Producing
Part seven looks at the art of the producer. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 8: Audio
Good audio is critical to a good finished film. Here are some tips to help you get it right. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 9: Post production
Just how much can you actually "fix in post?" Part nine in this series will help you answer this question. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 10: Short film making
Making a short film has its own unique set of challenges and rewards. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 11: Tropfest and festival screenings
Festivals like Tropfest offer a good goal to work towards and opportunity to reach a large audience. Read more...

Venture Taranaki Film How To 12: Life after Tropfest
Once you've launched your film at Tropfest, what's next? Read more...

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