World acclaimed screenwriting instructor and author, Epiphany first introduced Robert and Story to Australian audiences in 2000, producing the seminar in Sydney and Melbourne. Since then he has returned to present the three day Master Class in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009 and in 2011 (over four days and Sydney only), including Auckland, New Zealand in 2004. EIA also produced the Genre Seminars, The Art Film, Horror, Comedy and Thriller days in Sydney and Melbourne in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and Thriller, Comedy and Love Story in Melbourne in 2011.
Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring over 55,000 screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally.
His award winning book 'Story' has been called the "Bible for Screenwriting". Story is translated into over 20 languages.
Robert McKee Alumni have so far earned: 49 Academy Awards (196+ Nominations), 170 Emmy Awards (500+ Nominations), 30 Writers Guild Awards (180+ Nominations), 25 Directors Guild Awards (50+ Nominations), Pulitzer Prizes & Whitbread Prizes.
World leading story consultant, author and lecturer, Michael was in Australia at the invitation of Inscription and Epiphany produced and promoted the Story Mastery one day seminar in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in May 2008 and The Art of Romantic Comedy with Steve Kaplan in Sydney and Melbourne, June 2010. In a co-production with AFTRS, Epiphany presented Advanced Story Mastery: Creating Stories That Sell in March 2012.
Michael Hauge works with individual writers and filmmakers around the world on their screenplays, novels, movies and television scripts. Michael has coached writers, producers, stars and directors on projects for Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, Bradley Cooper and Morgan Freeman. He is currently on retainer with Will Smith's company, Overbrook Entertainment, where he was involved in the development of The Karate Kid, I Am Legend, Hancock and This Means War.
Michael not only assists with developing your screenplay, but also specializes in teaching you to pitch it successfully, so you can feel confident your script has more than a fighting chance to get read and evaluated for the international market.
Michael has presented seminars and lectures to more than 50,000 participants throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia where he is also a leading story consultant for Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
The new 20th Anniversary of Michael's landmark book 'Writing Screenplays That Sell' was just released in Australia. He is also the author of 'Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read', as well as numerous CDs and DVDs including 'The Hero's 2 Journeys' with Christopher Vogler.
Epiphany first toured Joan in 2000, producing the 10 day Filmmaker’s Lab, a three day writing workshop and evening masterclasses in Australia and New Zealand and then an encore in 2002.
Joan Scheckel and her Filmmaking Labs are known throughout Hollywood and the international film world as the crucial force behind the most exciting films being made today. Over the past decade, Joan's work as a writer, director, actor, consultant and teacher has contributed to the development of over 384 films, more than half of which are completed or are in the works. All together, the films have earned 570 award nominations, and scored 326 wins (including major nods from the Academy).
Having worked with so many of the vital new voices in cinema, including Niki Caro, Mike Mills, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Rupert Sanders, Mark Romanek, Richard Press, Sacha Gervasi, Alison Maclean, Jake Scott, Mark Ruffalo, Miranda July, Nick Jarecki and Jill Soloway, Joan's sphere of influence continues to expand.
Joan's visionary filmmaking workshops are unique in their exploration of all the art forms involved in filmmaking, from a deep study of character, story and script, to liberating and illuminating scene work with actors, to the investigation of visual personality of the film. The workshop provides practical but profound tools for finding the essence of each aspect of the film, and maximizing it for its strongest, most realized expression. Director Niki Caro said of Joan, "She brings insight and clarity to every project she works on. She has a deep understanding of the architecture of a story and is as rigorous with structure as she is with character. She is an invaluable partner. Working with her is thrilling."