Echuca Steve Boltz and Bianca Stapleton have won the regional Victoria Short and Sharp pitching competition.IVY WISE June 5, 2014 3:28am
Echuca couple Bianca Stapleton and Steve Boltz are on their way to a promising screenwriting career after winning the regional Short and Sharp pitching competition in Shepparton last Thursday.
The competition, organised by Open Channel
Miss Stapleton, 28, and Mr Boltz, 43, won with their submitted Swear Jar, an Aussie comedy/drama they hope to make into a feature film.
‘‘It’s about a once-proud farmer who accepts the help of a young publican and the hefty proceeds of her swear jar to avoid losing his family farm to council rezoning,’’ said.
Mr Boltz, a creative writing tutor, and Miss Stapleton, who works as a community programs co-ordinator for Campaspe Shire, both enjoy writing and developed the story a couple of years ago while driving to Shepparton.
As part of their pitch, they had to provide a creative visions statement, synopsis and intended audience statement, as well as coming up with ideas on who could play the characters.
The judges included Open Channel executive director Marc Gracie, the head of Australian production at Village Roadshow Seph McKenna and Instinct Entertainment chief executive David Redman.
‘‘Bianca and Steve’s pitch has all the hallmarks of a great laconically funny Australian film, the sort of film that Australians love to see,’’ Mr Gracie said.
‘‘It has been a pleasure working with them so far and Open Channel looks forward to continuing to help develop the careers of this talented duo.’’
The couple will develop their pitch for the October state final.
‘‘We feel good about our idea, but there is work to be done,’’ Miss Stapleton said.
‘‘You can have a great idea, but if there’s no movie there, it doesn’t go through,’’ Mr Boltz said.
The couple agreed winning the national final and having their film made was the goal.
‘‘It would be a dream come true,’’ Mr Boltz said.
‘‘It would be vindication and validation,’’ Miss Stapleton said.
‘‘To be able to to point to something that big and say we did that would be an incredible thing.’’
Seymour paramedics are calling on the Victorian Government to fund a dedicated 24-hour, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) unit in the southern Hume.
At the presentations located at the half-way mark of YMGCR's Lake Course, PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers said, "It's been a great three days.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
KIRSTY Ramadan has dedicated her life to rescuing animals in Echuca and surrounds for 20 years.
ROCHESTER has welcomed a new family into the community this year.
More of the districts newest preps
The Finley community will always remember the tremendous Trevor Hendy, who was friends with everyone.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
A Cobram man has been arrested after exposing himself on a number of occasions while driving his car around Katamatite and Cobram South.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
After 27 years of dairying, Undera farmer Rob Backway gave up 130 cattle to move into cropping — and he has never looked back.
Under-12, Under-14 and Under-18 boys all finished runners-up in the Wodonga Junior Basketball Tournament.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.