Screen Futures: Making Content for Young People Panel Discussion

The SYN Bloggers are today covering the Screen Futures: Youth Festival at Fed Square
At the The Screen Futures Youth Festival, we listened to a panel discussion about writing for young people and different audiences, as well as the different rules set by the Australian Media and Communications Authority and how this affects writing in the media. The panel discussion included Bernadette O’Mahoney, Doug Mcleod, Hollly Tosi and Fiona Wood.

Fiona Wood, who was previously worked on television shows such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Home and Away’, discussed how the different time slots affected her writing, despite relatively similar audiences for both shows. The panel also discussed the values of society and how these are incorporated into their work when writing.

Doug McLeod has worked on many children’s animations, such as ‘Dog Star’. Doug, along with the rest of the panel, discussed and explained the process of pitching an idea to when the script is written, and finally the show is aired. They talked about how many changes are made to a script and how this can overall greatly affect the product, and its appeal to an audience.

The panel discussion was educational and interesting in its exploration of different audiences, time slots, ideas, social values and the rules set by ACMA, through each member’s contribution to the panel through their unique experience of writing in the media industry.
Tori Schmid. SYN Bloggers

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