Pen To Pixel: a Screen Writing and Film Making Course Run Over 2 Modules

About the Course:

Whether you love acting, writing or creating films – this course is for you. Our new Pen to Pixel course is designed for students who want to tell stories. 

Team up with like-minded peers to creatively express yourself through the medium of film. Unlock your amazing ideas and use script-writing software to help turn your ideas and stories into screenplays. 

The Pen to Pixel course will also build on-screen acting confidence and provide opportunities for scenes to be explored, directed and filmed. 

You will learn how to write for cinematic effect, how to storyboard, block scenes, direct and edit. And, of course, you could be acting in the films!

Students in Module #1 will all write their own screenplays. The screenplays will receive constructive feedback from industry professionals then 1 or 2 of the screenplays will be chosen to be produced in Module #2.

Rata is linked to top industry professionals who will be working with you and supporting your screenwriting, storyboarding, casting, auditioning and acting. Students will develop basic cinematography and editing skills, giving them an invaluable understanding of the filmmaking process. Once the film, or films are complete, they will be sent out to the participants of both Module 1 and Module 2.

The focus for 2020 is: Using your limitations to your advantage.

When making a film, you’re always going to be faced with limitations. These limitations might be financial, technological, or something else. As a filmmaker you need to be creative when considering how to use those limitations to your advantage.

Module 1 (Monday evenings in Term 3 ) – writing the script, casting, acting workshops. (currently in progress)

Module 2 (1 full week in the Sept/Oct holidays) –  shooting and post-production including editing, of films.

You can choose to book into just Module 1 or just Module 2 OR  both Modules 1 and 2.

Timetable and Enrolment


Module 1: Term 3 (in progress)
Start: 20th July
Finish: 21st Sept
Mondays 5.30pm-7.30pm with Dave Armstrong and Jo Rogers

Module 2: Sept/Oct holidays. (Bookings open now) 
Start: 28th Sept
Finish: 2nd Oct
9am-3pm each day with Jo Rogers and Niamh Swannack.


Scots College Drama Rooms


Dave Armstrong and Jo Rogers

Target Market

Students aged 12-18 years old (ie in Years 8-13 at school)

(incl GST)

$450 (Module 2 during Week 1 of Sept/Oct holidays)


Dave Armstrong

Dave Armstrong


Dave is an experienced and award-winning screenwriter and playwright. Dave’s television credits include the sketch comedies Public Eye, Skitz, Away Laughing and Facelift. He co-created and co-wrote two series of the acclaimed comedy Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, which screened on TV One and Australia’s ABC network. Dave’s other comedy credits include Spin Doctors, for which he won an AFTA award for Best Comedy Script, Bro’town (script editor), and Diplomatic Immunity.

Dave’s television drama credits include Shortland Street, CoverStory, the TV movie Spies and Lies, and Billy (co-writer). Dave was co-writer, with Gaylene Preston, of Hope and Wire, the TV3 drama series about the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Dave also co-wrote the children’s movie Kiwi Christmas. Dave teaches television scriptwriting at Victoria University’s IIML (International Institute of Modern Letters).

Jo Rogers

Jo Rogers

Jo Rogers

Jo Rogers has vast experience in using various mediums such as screen and theatre to encourage and develop an understanding of real world issues.

Jo has worked as a project director and artistic manager on various events as well as tutoring and lecturing in Tertiary Education.

She has been involved in short films, television, theatre and musical productions bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to her classes. Recently her work has included directing the stage show of Disney’s The Lion King involving 420 primary and intermediate school students. Prior to that she directed Disney’s Jungle Book in which both were very successful. Jo Rogers is a trained teacher and has studied environmental and human science at university; she attended the Performing Arts School in Auckland in the early 90s.

Whether you want to be a movie star, change the world, develop confidence or just have fun, the opportunity of being involved in challenging theatre and screen workshops, exploring various acting techniques, performance skills and improvisation, will encourage and stimulate your intellect and creativity.

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243