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Michael Benson

Michael Benson

I'm a writer, designer, filmmaker and artist based in Carterton.
I have a degree in creative writing - screenwriting specialisation from Whitireia Polytechnic, Wellington.
And a level 6 diploma with honours in 2d digital art and cartooning from the Learning Connexion, Lower Hutt. I also have a Certificate in Television, Theatre and Radio (TV major) from Aoraki Polytechnic which I did back in 2000.
I'm writing 5 projects due in December with 19 due within a year.
I try to write 3hrs/day 4 days/wk. I also keep a blog which you can find through my website.
And I've started doing paintings - my style is abstract, uniquely strange cartoons. I'm working on a graphic novel with an artist friend and a micro-budget feature movie shot on video with another friend.
I've been writing large manuscripts for 21 years with 6 completed including 3 feature film scripts during my degree and a TV pilot which TVNZ liked but said they couldn't afford to produce. I've been designing games and making films since I was a kid. But I'm new to art - since 2013 when I started studying at The Learning Connexion.I won a 10hr mentorship for my novel in development from the NZSA in 2012. I've finished 3 short novels and a stage play - now concentrating on writing young adult fiction, non-fiction, games and scripts.

Mike B Writer