Image caption: Jazz Twemlow co-creator of Nice Shorts
Nice Shorts, the latest sketch comedy series from Jazz Twemlow (The Roast, Tonightly) and Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters, Beached Az, Soul Mates) will commence filming in Brisbane with Queensland-based crew on Monday, 21 October 2019.
Screen Queensland has invested in four episodes of the 16-part online show to be shot across Brisbane next week, utilising Queensland talent including three early-career female writers and three early-to-mid career directors.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said it was wonderful to see diverse local talent working with an experienced production team to develop their portfolio.
“It is crucial we help early-to-mid career practitioners gain screen credits on projects with experienced teams to build the skills and capacity of our home-grown creatives and the local industry more broadly,” said Ms Munnich.
“Edgy, bold projects, like Nice Shorts that are produced by established creative teams and looking to appeal to fresh audiences give us the opportunity to discover and develop new screen industry talent to work under the guidance of experts.”
Brisbane-based emerging writer Elena Foreman was one of the writers selected from a pool of incredible writing talent to work on the Queensland episodes and is excited to add a writing credit for sketch comedy to her resume.
“Sketch comedy has always been a favourite genre of mine, to watch and act in, so it is awesome to tackle it from a writer’s perspective,” said Miss Foreman.
“The entire team was supportive, encouraging and created a safe environment where it was ok to make mistakes.
“It’s pretty cool to have my first comedy writing experience be amongst people whose shows I’ve been laughing at since university.”
Miss Foreman, along with fellow writers Rhianna Malezer and Bronwyn Kuss were tasked with writing three of the episodes to be filmed next week following a successful writers’ room with show creators Mr Boshier and Mr Twemlow in Brisbane earlier this year.
Show co-creator Mr Boshier said the team was impressed by the talent available in Queensland.
“We were all so blown away by the breadth of acting, writing, directing and everything talent of the Queensland submissions,” explained Mr Boshier.
“Nice Shorts is an ambitious undertaking, we were trying to do a lot with not much and it simply would not have been possible if Screen Queensland hadn’t supported the project.
“Their support hasn’t only been financial, Screen Queensland helped build the structure of the show and build the initiative that attracted such phenomenal talent. We blame Screen Queensland for this show.”
Three local directors were selected to each take on one of the Queensland based episodes, these directors are Tony Walsh, Tim Marshal and May Greham.
Fresh from directing her first feature film, Ms Greham said she could not wait to work with the Nice Shorts team and will use the experience to hone her method for future projects.
“I’m hoping that working on the Nice Shorts set allows me to learn more about efficiency and how a sketch production works,” explained Ms Greham.
“My next project is a sketch show for kids, so working with the Nice Shorts team will be an incredible chance to listen and learn from everyone involved.
“I’m optimistic that working on Nice Shorts will allow myself and the other filmmakers to get further work and maybe even encourage more production companies to shoot in Queensland.”
The first five episodes of the series have been released and viewed by thousands of people worldwide via the Nice Shorts Facebook Page, Instagram and the Robot Army Youtube Channel.
Nice Shorts is a Bunya Entertainment production. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen Queensland.
The episodes created and filmed in Queensland will air in November 2019.