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Dia Taylor is an independent filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia, who specialises in Directing, Writing, and Producing.  Although, she has stepped behind the camera as cinematographer on many productions including director Nathan Hill’s two features ‘I, Portrait’, and ‘Lady Terror’.
Taylor’s passion for film first began at age twelve when she would help her aunt Silvana McCausland on her films; ‘Rules Is Rules’, ‘Chocolate Fetish’, and ‘Shed Dwellers’ where Taylor worked as an actor and a production assistant.  


This passion, as well as her aunt, and grandfather Ian McCausland (a well-known rock and roll graphic artist), pushed Taylor to attend a short filmmaking course at NIDA, Sydney (The National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in 2009. 
Taylor continued making short films throughout High school, completing a certificate III in digital media at The Gordon Institute of TAFE and going on to get her bachelor’s degree of Film Production at SAE Institute, Melbourne.


During her time in film school, Taylor met fellow filmmaker Kestra Nebula who hired her as assistant director and later producer on the first feature film Taylor would work on, titled ‘The Green Woman’. 
Nebula (then ‘Samuel McDermott’) the following year, returned the favour by helping to produce Taylor’s directorial feature film debut ‘Marital Problems’ which would win Best Comedy and Best Original Screenplay at the 2018 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.


After ‘Marital Problems’, Taylor focused on directing and creating short films in order to hone her craft, many of which winning awards nationally and internationally. Some awards of which included. 


-    Best Female director in August 2019 awarded by Direct Monthly Online Film Festival for her short film ‘Blue.’ Which also won Best Original Score at the 2019 Prodigy Film Festival.


-    A Special Mention for her short film ‘Grayscale’ in October 2019 awarded by Global Shorts and One Reeler Film Festival.  The same film was also the most voted Australian film in the world for the My Rode Reel competition for that year. 


-    Best Use of Prop in the 2019 Melbourne 48-hour film festival for ‘What I Was Missing’ 


-    Top 5 finalist for the wild card group in the 2021 48 Hour Global Film Challenge for ‘Blood and Glory’


-    Honourable mention at Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival 2021, Best Australian Short Film at Sydney Indie Short Festival 2021, and best Zombie film at New York International Women Festival – all for her short film ‘Little Miseries’


Taylor was also nominated for best cinematography for her work on Nathan Hill’s short ‘Vampire Hooker Hotel’ by Stuff MX: Festival de cine bizarro en Ciudad de Mexico.
Taylor is also known for producing the feature films; ‘Wanda and Sully’, ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, 'CCTV Nasty' and 'We Will Never Die''.

 

Taylor is also the Festival Director at Studio 66 Film Nights Film Festival and has been a judge for the Warrendyte Film Festival in 2024.
 

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'Dynamic Dia! - Interview with David Black for Medium.com

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Jett star! Dia Taylor discusses her new rock drama - Interview with Cinema Australia

 

Trailer of the Day: Marital Problems - Cinema Australia

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Indy Film Library Reviews by Jack Brindelli 

- Blue.

- Among the Stars

- These Few Hours

- Sempre Piu 

- Daughters

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Sempre Piu’ Director Dia Taylor on the power of collaboration in independent filmmaking - Interview with  Indy Film Library 

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Diving into How Deep is the Ocean - Interview with Don Groves for IF 

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‘It’s about catching the things that are in between’: Andrew Walsh captures Melbourne in ‘How Deep is the Ocean’ 

- Interview with Sean Slatter for IF

 

Innersense Profile

 

Spotlight on Film Maker Dia Taylor - Australian Short Film Network Journal

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Se7en Questions with Dia Taylor - MyIndie Productions

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Dia Taylor; Filmmaker and Actress - MyIndie Productions Filmmaker Profile 

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Monash Spoken Word Presents: Dia Taylor - Presented by James W.F. Roberts 

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Oz Femme Fatales of Horror Month - Aus Short Film Network

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CATHOLIC GUILT Debut New Single and Music Video “Talking Fake” - THE WHOLE KAMEESE

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Melbourne Indie How Deep is the Ocean Launches Trailer Ahead of Release - FilmInkby Dov Kornits

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Interviews/Online Reviews

ABOUT ME

Producing Your First Feature Film on a Tight Budget - Dia Taylor
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Producing Your First Feature Film on a Tight Budget - Dia Taylor

Dia Taylor, a multi-talented producer, director, and writer talks about how to produce your first feature film on a tight budget. From the challenges of working with limited resources to the importance of building relationships, Dia shares her insights and experiences. Discover how to navigate the intricacies of filmmaking, from securing funds to maintaining creative integrity. Welcome to the Creative Constitution Podcast - Follow for more discussions on filmmaking, music creation, artistic expression and all things creative. Producing Your First Feature Film on a Tight Budget - Dia Taylor #producingfilms #producing #featurefilm ๐Ÿ˜ ๐‡๐Ž๐๐„ ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐†๐”๐˜๐’ ๐„๐๐‰๐Ž๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐’! โ–ถ If you enjoy this video, please like it and share it. โ–ถ Don't forget to subscribe to this channel for more updates. โ–ถ Subscribe now: https://www.youtube.com/@creativeconstitution?sub_confirmation=1 Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:00:33 - Overview of the Filmmaking Process 00:02:10 - Importance of Building Relationships in the Industry 00:08:22 - Challenges and Realities of Post-Production 00:17:08 - Cast and Crew Screenings: Bringing Everyone Together 00:17:55 - Editor's Perspective on Watching the Film Multiple Times 00:19:25 - Advice for Approaching Producers: Building Relationships 00:25:01 - Challenges and Solutions for Tiny Budget Filmmaking 00:29:30 - Utilizing Students and Volunteers in Filmmaking 00:31:37 - Closing Remarks and Encouragement for Filmmakers โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต Follow Dia: โ–ถ https://www.instagram.com/diataylorfilmmaker/?hl=en โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต โšก๏ธ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐๐„๐‚๐“ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐”๐’: ๐ŸŒ Website: https://ccpoddy.com/ โžค Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeconstitution โžค Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCPoddy โžค Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativeconstitutionpodcast ๐ŸŽฌ ๐–๐€๐“๐‚๐‡ ๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Ž๐“๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐Ž๐’: โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB3g7OkRFtU โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVDgiS7FkCM โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMui52dgR9U โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeqBiMPH_4s โ–ถ https://youtu.be/D3WFwB7X5RU?feature=shared โ–ถ https://youtu.be/Yx_ST1m28y0?feature=shared โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrcRjSCHCoY ๐Ÿ”” ๐’๐”๐๐’๐‚๐‘๐ˆ๐๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐‹๐ˆ๐๐Š: โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/@creativeconstitution?sub_confirmation=1 โ†ช Available at: ๐ŸŽง Spotify: https://shorturl.at/pzLP5 โ™ซ Amazon Music: https://shorturl.at/lAXZ0 ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Apple Podcast: https://shorturl.at/jlyV2 ๐Ÿ“ข CastBox: https://shorturl.at/equQY ๐Ÿ“ข iHeartRadio: https://shorturl.at/flxHT โ†ช Find out more about Debora Tamay ๐ŸŒ Website -ย https://deboratamay.com/ ๐Ÿ“ข Linktree- https://linktr.ee/deboratamay โ†ช Find out more about Jaz Sebastian ๐ŸŒ Website - https://jazsebastian.com/ ๐Ÿ“ข Koji - koji.to/@JazSebastian โ†ช Gear: โœ” Apple 2022 MacBook Pro M2 - https://amzn.to/3N0eduv โœ” Rร˜DE On-Camera Microphone - https://amzn.to/3ClInDn โœ” Sound Card - https://amzn.to/3CjIjnG โœ” DJI Mobile Gimbal - https://amzn.to/42yNyug โœ” Studio Mics - https://amzn.to/3CqAIDG โœ” Lighting - https://amzn.to/3CnUEHE โœ” More Lighting - https://amzn.to/45Ylbsi โ†ช Camera A โœ” Canon EOS 200D - https://amzn.to/3oWKPgA โœ” EF/EF-S Lens Mount Adaptor - https://amzn.to/3P1Cumj โœ” Canon EF 50mm Lens - https://amzn.to/42yNbzS โ†ช Camera B โœ” Panasonic LUMIX GH5S - https://amzn.to/42yxMQh โœ” Smallrig - https://amzn.to/3qELPGu โœ” Metabones Canon EF Lens - https://amzn.to/3qzj2n1 โ†ช Other accessories we love โœ” SD Card Reader Phone - https://amzn.to/3J8i3jT โœ” SD Cards - https://amzn.to/3NjV5ZI โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต โš ๏ธ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐‚๐‹๐€๐ˆ๐Œ๐„๐‘: We do not accept any liability for any loss or damage incurred from you acting or not acting as a result of watching any of our publications. You acknowledge that you use the information I provide at your own risk. Always do your own research. Some of the links in the description may be affiliate links and result in the channel receiving a small commission. โœ–๏ธ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐˜๐‘๐ˆ๐†๐‡๐“ ๐๐Ž๐“๐ˆ๐‚๐„: This video and our YouTube channel contains dialogue, music, and image that are property of "Creative Constitution". You are authorized to share the video link and channel and embed this video in your website or others as long as a link back to our YouTube Channel is provided. ยฉ Creative Constitution YOU can help our channel reach more creatives. Please share with your friends and family. Also don't forget to like, subscribe, and hit the notification bell to notify you if a new episode is released! Keep creating and we will see you in the next one!
How to Write Interesting Stories and Characters - Dia Taylor and Daniel Bugeja
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How to Write Interesting Stories and Characters - Dia Taylor and Daniel Bugeja

Join Dia Taylor and Daniel Bugeja, two seasoned screenwriters, as they share their insights into the world of screenwriting. Discover their unique journeys into scriptwriting, from novel aspirations to adapting their creative skills. Gain valuable tips on tackling the blank page, crafting compelling characters, and translating emotions into scripts. Welcome to the Creative Constitution Podcast - Follow for more discussions on filmmaking, music creation, artistic expression and all things creative. How to Write Interesting Stories and Characters - Dia Taylor and Daniel Bugeja #screenwriting #writingtips #characters ๐Ÿ˜ ๐‡๐Ž๐๐„ ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐†๐”๐˜๐’ ๐„๐๐‰๐Ž๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐ˆ๐’! โ–ถ If you enjoy this video, please like it and share it. โ–ถ Don't forget to subscribe to this channel for more updates. โ–ถ Subscribe now: https://www.youtube.com/@creativeconstitution?sub_confirmation=1 Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:01:12 - Writing Approach: Tools and Inspiration 00:05:06 - Writing Habits: Sprints and Blocks 00:09:20 - Duration and Process: Completing a Screenplay 00:14:18 - Writing Challenges and Overcoming Procrastination 00:18:48 - Learning Screenwriting: Formal Education and Practice 00:23:12 - Writing Styles: Intuition vs. Structured Approach 00:27:09 - Editing Process: First Draft vs. Final Draft 00:31:00 - Incorporating Visuals in Screenwriting โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต Follow Dia and Daniel: โ–ถ Portfolio: www.diataylor.com โ–ถ Production Company: www.taymaynari.com โ–ถ YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/diataylorofficial/ โ–ถ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniel.bugeja.14 โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต โšก๏ธ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐๐„๐‚๐“ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐”๐’: ๐ŸŒ Website: https://ccpoddy.com/ โžค Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeconstitution โžค Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCPoddy โžค Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativeconstitutionpodcast ๐ŸŽฌ ๐–๐€๐“๐‚๐‡ ๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Ž๐“๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„๐Ž๐’: โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB3g7OkRFtU โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVDgiS7FkCM โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMui52dgR9U โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeqBiMPH_4s โ–ถ https://youtu.be/D3WFwB7X5RU?feature=shared โ–ถ https://youtu.be/Yx_ST1m28y0?feature=shared โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrcRjSCHCoY ๐Ÿ”” ๐’๐”๐๐’๐‚๐‘๐ˆ๐๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐‹๐ˆ๐๐Š: โ–ถ https://www.youtube.com/@creativeconstitution?sub_confirmation=1 โ†ช Available at: ๐ŸŽง Spotify: https://shorturl.at/pzLP5 โ™ซ Amazon Music: https://shorturl.at/lAXZ0 ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Apple Podcast: https://shorturl.at/jlyV2 ๐Ÿ“ข CastBox: https://shorturl.at/equQY ๐Ÿ“ข iHeartRadio: https://shorturl.at/flxHT โ†ช Find out more about Debora Tamay ๐ŸŒ Website -ย https://deboratamay.com/ ๐Ÿ“ข Linktree- https://linktr.ee/deboratamay โ†ช Find out more about Jaz Sebastian ๐ŸŒ Website - https://jazsebastian.com/ ๐Ÿ“ข Koji - koji.to/@JazSebastian โ†ช Gear: โœ” Apple 2022 MacBook Pro M2 - https://amzn.to/3N0eduv โœ” Rร˜DE On-Camera Microphone - https://amzn.to/3ClInDn โœ” Sound Card - https://amzn.to/3CjIjnG โœ” DJI Mobile Gimbal - https://amzn.to/42yNyug โœ” Studio Mics - https://amzn.to/3CqAIDG โœ” Lighting - https://amzn.to/3CnUEHE โœ” More Lighting - https://amzn.to/45Ylbsi โ†ช Camera A โœ” Canon EOS 200D - https://amzn.to/3oWKPgA โœ” EF/EF-S Lens Mount Adaptor - https://amzn.to/3P1Cumj โœ” Canon EF 50mm Lens - https://amzn.to/42yNbzS โ†ช Camera B โœ” Panasonic LUMIX GH5S - https://amzn.to/42yxMQh โœ” Smallrig - https://amzn.to/3qELPGu โœ” Metabones Canon EF Lens - https://amzn.to/3qzj2n1 โ†ช Other accessories we love โœ” SD Card Reader Phone - https://amzn.to/3J8i3jT โœ” SD Cards - https://amzn.to/3NjV5ZI โžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžตโžต โš ๏ธ ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐‚๐‹๐€๐ˆ๐Œ๐„๐‘: We do not accept any liability for any loss or damage incurred from you acting or not acting as a result of watching any of our publications. 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