Rhiannon Bannenberg


Work with award-winning Cinematographer, Composer and Director, Rhiannon Bannenberg, these school holidays.



Rhiannon is riding a career trajectory most artists under 30 could only dream of.  Her latest feature film, Rip Tide, features ‘Jessie’ star Debby Ryan in the lead role and is set for national release on September 14 this year, followed by a worldwide release in 2018.  While some may see her rise to rubbing shoulders with Disney royalty as rapid, having only learnt how to work a 5D Camera in her bedroom via YouTube videos the night before shooting her first feature in 2015 (!), it provides a perfect example of where tenacity, grit and bravery can take you.


Rhiannon’s journey as an artist has moved through music (she has both a Bachelor and Masters in Composition from the Australian Institute of Music), Cinematography (she’s credited as DOP of three – count them: 3 feature films) and now as an established and respected Film Director.  But listing these achievements does little to capture the long hours, confidence to pursue opportunities, and determination to stay true to her creative integrity that has been required to see each of her projects succeed.


And underpinning each day is a constant reminder of the condition that has shaped Rhiannon into the person she is today.  At the age of 13, Rhiannon fell from her beloved horse Shakarah and fractured her spine in several places, leaving her fortunate not to be in a wheelchair for life but instead with virtually untreatable chronic pain.  While Rhiannon doesn’t let the condition define her, she appreciates that the skills she has had to develop to manage her emotions and mindset throughout the unrelenting physical imposition on her daily life have proven applicable when pursuing a career within a difficult, and at times unforgiving, industry.


We are incredibly excited to welcome Rhiannon as a FUEL Extraordinary Woman and can’t wait for her to share her incredible story and talents with our Girl Shaped Flames!


Find Rhiannon on Instagram: @rhiannonbannenberg


Or check out her first feature film, Ambrosia on YouTube or her latest film Riptide below.



We had very limited tickets on offer for our intimate chat with Rhiannon, during which she answered your questions about all things filmmaking, pursuing a (paid!) career in the arts, dealing with challenges a condition such as chronic pain presents, and what pitching films in LA is ‘really’ like.


 Check out a recap of Rhiannon’s Feed The Beast Talk here.

FUEL talks for teenage girls in Brisbane with Rhiannon Bannenberg



** These workshops have now concluded. Contact us directly if you want us to bring them back in 2018! **


While not all of us are chomping at the bit to take on directing a 40-strong film crew as they capture surfing stunts in wild seas, the skills that are required to do so are applicable to many career paths.  Rhiannon will be leading workshops that focus on the application of leadership, communication, negotiation and problem solving in a creative environment. With her diary booked up with her next slate of films until 2019, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed!


Check out a recap of Rhiannon’s workshops here.



** These workshops have now concluded. Contact us directly if you want us to bring them back in 2018! **


Looking for something a bit more specific? For those of you who are ready to dive in, Rhiannon is on board for a number of intensive workshops that dig deep into specific aspects of the industry. Exploring everything from Directing to Composing there is something for everyone, but be sure to book soon, to ensure you girls get the most out of every experience, these intensive workshops are strictly limited to 5 places each.


Check out a recap of Rhiannon’s workshops here.



Directing: I’m in Charge! Now What?


It’s a role that seems obvious, but what does being a Director actually require in real life?


In this workshop, Rhiannon takes you through key information you need to know to nail the critical role of Director and/or #girlboss on set (depending how you look at it):


  • What are you actually responsible for in development? (Scripting, location scouting, Director’s Treatments/Pitch Docs).
  • How do you interact with the different departments?
  • How to work with a Producer.
  • Expectations of you throughout Pre-Production.
  • Expectations of you on set.
  • Navigating your role throughout post-production.


Hone Your Visual Execution


This workshop focuses on the art of visual creative expression – an area Rhiannon is not only deeply passionate about, but also incredibly skilled at.


  • Hone your own visual style with her insightful techniques, tips and tricks that will help you:
  • Take a step back and get a feel for the big picture.
  • Explore and Experiment.
    Then Execute!


Music Composition for Emotional Impact 


Ever watched a movie or performance and felt your heart race? Your eyes well up? Your skin get goosebumps?


We can pretty much guarantee music played a massive role in the emotional reaction you had to whatever you were watching at the time. It has the power to transform a simple piece of imagery into something astoundingly powerful. In addition to introducing you to new approaches to your composition, she’ll shed light on:


  • How to approach projects for consideration.
  • Finding composition partners and resources.
  • Working with directors and producers when composing for others.


How to Stop Procrastinating, and Start Shooting!


Where do you start? How do you get Crew? Locations? Cast? Wardrobe? Art Department? Equipment? Permits? The Script? Money? Resource?


And what order do you do it all in?!


Rhiannon brings to the table experience from both ends of the spectrum in this workshop: from shooting her first feature at a family home with friends and siblings on weekends, through to managing a 50-person crew including a Disney star and some of Australia’s most loved TV talent. In this intensive workshop, she’ll walk you through:


  • What you need to consider before you get started.
  • Where to look for shortcuts and solutions.
  • How to maximise what you’ve got to hand.
  • How to bring it all together and get started.


One-on-One Mentoring


** Stay tuned for more information on how you can be mentored by Rhiannon in 2018 **


FUEL is connecting Rhiannon with Teen Girls in Brisbane for a rare opportunity to work with her one-on-one and be advised on the area of the arts you’re most focussed on, including:


  • Preparation for a career in the arts.
  • Filmmaking – from backyard to being beach-side managing a cast & crew of 50+
  • Working with Actors (and Actors working with Directors!)
  • Music composition – how to get the pro’s to give you a go.
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