About

Renée Brack

Positions
Lecturer | Facilitator | Creative Consultant | Module Developer

Teaching Areas
documentary, web series, short film, film history, film theory, production practice and workflow

Email
reneebrackacademic@gmail.com

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Biography

A graduate of UTS, Australia with a Master of Creative Arts (documentary | VR) and Macquarie Uni in screen and media studies, Renée Brack is a storyteller, journalist, writer and screen professional with experience in film, TV, print and digital. She has written, produced and directed short films; scripted and directed plays produced in the world’s largest play festival, Short+Sweet; pioneered research into a scripting template for immersive content (VR, CVR, 360) originated by filmmaker Elia Petridis of Fever Content, LA and scripted the award-winning short film Red Handed which has screened in multiple international film festivals.

A common response to her writing is, “I’ve never looked at it that way before” – testament to her creative and fresh approach to the stories she crafts.

She has a development slate of female-centric stories for screen as well as a feature documentary Ticketyboo: a Secret in Plain Sight about innovative, artistic, compassionate design to help people engage with dementia. At SAE Creative Media Institute, she gives back to the filmmaking community by nurturing the next wave of screen professionals as an EP and creative consultant on a wide range of award-winning films, documentary and web series, over-seeing production from concept to transmission.

She is also a frequent judge / juror for film festivals and developing a PhD topic on the rise of the impact producer as a contemporary crew role. 

Qualifications

Master of Creative Arts (MCA) by Research – UTS
Mentor – Emmy award-winning Executive Producer, Ellenor Cox
Blended Learning Essentials – Navitas 
Certificate – Online Teaching Techniques – Centre For Excellence In Education
Certificate – Qualitative Research Methodology – UTS
Diploma – Training & Assessment TAE40110
Certificate – Retention Methods – Centre For Excellence In Education
Diploma – Frontline Management & Business Administration BSB40812
Robert McKee ‘The Art Of Story’ (twice)
Michael Hauge & Steve Kaplan’s ‘The Art Of The Romantic Comedy’
Dr Chris Stevens ‘Managing Creative Energy’ Seminar
Dr Chris Stevens ‘Managing Creative People’ Seminar
Robert McKee’s ‘Thriller Writing’ + ‘Comedy Writing’ Seminars – AFTRS
Ron Blair’s Documentary Writing – ‘From Information To Emotion’ – AFTRS
Dov Simmens ‘Film School’
Chris Vogler’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’ – AFTRS
Bachelor of Arts – Mass Communications – Macquarie University

Memberships

Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts [AACTA]
Australian Cinematographers Society – [ACS – Honorary member NSW]
Dame Changer
Screen Vixens
Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association [ASPERA]
Sydney Screen Studies Network [SSSN]
Screen Studies Association of Australia & AOTEAROA New Zealand [SSAAANZ]

Mentoring

Women in Film & Television [WIFT] – mentoring director transitioning to drama
Inspiring Rare Birds – nurturing female entrepreneurs
SAE Creative Media Institute – mentor emerging filmmakers

Publications | Conferences

ASPERA Conference 2021 – The Business: Valuing the Screen Industry, School of Creative Industries, University of Newcastle – http://www.aspera.org.au/annual-conference/the-business-valuing-the-screen-industry/

Scripting for screen and space: how alternative exhibition platforms such as virtual reality are impacting documentary practice – thesis published 2019 – https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/134163

SSAAANZ 2018 The Uses of Cinema: Film, Television, Screen – Monash University – https://ssaaanz.org/conference/ 

FASS UTS Higher Degree Research Conference 2018
Intervention. Intersection. Impacthttps://www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/2018-11/FASS-HDR-Conferenece-Nov-2018.pdf

SSSN Dial S for Screen Studies UNSW 2018 https://research-management.mq.edu.au/ws/portalfiles/portal/94680186/2018_SSSN_Program_Booklet_25Oct_.pdf
Sydney Screen Studies Network https://sydneyscreenstudiesnetwork.com/ 

Love & Addiction – the Lorraine Wood story, CEO South Pacific Private – book 100k words – publisher: Impact Press 2016 [RBrack ghostwriter]

Projects | Productions

mandible-media.com