Ryan Renshaw Screendance Masterclass

Date and Time: Wednesday 19 Oct, 1pm to 3pm

Venue: Talbot Theatre, Thomas Dixon Centre


Join award-winning filmmaker Ryan Renshaw from Kiosk Films as he takes a deep dive into the process of dance filmmaking. In his masterclass he will cover conceiving screen dance, the collaborative relationship of choreographer and director, planning coverage for choreography, working with crews, the importance of location in screendance, the strengths and weaknesses of film compared to live performance, the use of sound, duration considerations, essential understandings of filmmaking, use of narrative within screendance, choreographer as screen director, rethinking dance for screen from the dancer’s perspective and understanding the power of post-production. 

Guest speaker, Claire Marshall joins Ryan to round out the masterclass and share her knowledge of dance filmmaking from a choreographer’s perspective. Her extensive experience in choreographing for film will add invaluable insight into the screendance process, making this masterclass a must for budding dance filmmakers and existing filmmakers who want to expand their knowledge.

The masterclass will conclude with an open Q&A.


Ryan Renshaw is an accomplished multi-award-winning film and television director based in Brisbane, Australia.  His career began in the 1990s where he worked as a director for MTV in Australia, the United States and Latin America.  He has completed more than 80 music videos and worked as creative director for INXS. 

Over the past 5 years, he has turned his attention to Screendance. His 7 screendance works have been screened at over 100 international film festivals including the prestigious San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Screendance International in Stockholm, and won the Jury Prize at the 2020 LA Dance Film Festival, the Grand Prix Nuria Font, Best International Film at Spain’s 2021 Fiver International Dance Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Film at 2020 Zinetika Festival in Pamplona, San Sebastian and Bilbao, Best In Show at Inspired Dance Film Festival, Sydney, Best Film at the NoWhere Festival in Seoul and the Audience Prize for Best Film at the 2020 Inshadow Festival, Portugal.  

Renshaw’s most recent film ‘Sapient’ is an ambitious fashion film crafted over a 6-month period and involving many hundreds of hours of VFX work.  It recently was the winner of Best Visual Effects at the acclaimed La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, USA.

Claire Marshall is an Australian choreographer most known for her dance films, immersive dance projects, and choreography of music videos. Claire has developed a strong choreographic voice, unique aesthetic, and a passion for exploring storytelling in her work. Claire is a graduate of QUT’s Bachelor of Arts (Dance), but initially studied to be a film and media teacher for two years before realising her passion for dance. Claire has recently completed a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne where she focused on her screendance practice investigating new and experimental methods of dance filmmaking using location, cinematography and editing as devices to shift and subvert the notion of story in dance film. Claire’s dance films have won numerous awards and have been screened all over the world.